According to the National Kidney Foundation, about one in 10 Americans will develop a kidney stone during his or her lifetime. In a year, more than half a million people enter emergency rooms for kidney stone problems. If you’re not too familiar with them, kidney stones are hard mineral deposits that can form inside your kidneys. Passing them can be a painful process, which may include loading up on pain meds and drinking plenty of water. However, in really bad cases, stones can become stuck in your urinary tract and surgery may be necessary. But according to a new study, researchers have found an even better cure for passing kidney stones. Let’s just say, it involves an orgasm or two. Yep, sex can help pass kidney stones.
In a study conducted by researchers from the Clinic of Ankara Training and Research Hospital in Ankara, Turkey, it was found that having sex at least three to four times a week can help with the “spontaneous passage of kidney stones.” As part of their study, researchers split a sample of 75 participants with kidney stones into three groups:
- People who were asked to have sex at least three to four times per week.
- People who were administered tamsulosin, a drug used to relax muscles in the prostate and bladder, making it easier for men to urinate.
- People who received standard medical treatment for kidney stones.
After two weeks, the study found that 26 out of 31 people from the group that had sex were able to pass their kidney stones. As for the other groups, only 10 out of 21 from the tansulosin group were able to pass their kidney stones, while eight out of 23 partipants who sought standard medical treatment were able to successfully do the same.
The lesson here is, sex is awesome and can be a cure. Don’t believe me? Here are seven other surprising every day ailments that orgasms can cure:
The next time you have a migraine, put down the Advil and grab your partner. According to a 2013 study published in the journal Cephalagia, sexual activity during a headache might actually help in relieving the pain. Researchers from the Department of Neurology at the University of Münster, Germany sent a questionnaire to 1,000 patients experiencing migraines or cluster headaches. As the study found, 60 percent of migraine patients who had sex during an attack reported to feeling a sense of improvement in their symptoms. On the other hand, 91 percent of those with cluster headaches reported to feeling moderate to complete relief.
While many children are told that scaring hiccups away was an effective way to get rid of them, studies found that the more adult solution would be to have an orgasm. A 2000 report published in the Canadian Family Physician said that a 40-year-old man who continuously had hiccups for four days straight was finally relieved when he had sex with his wife. As the report stated, “The hiccups continued throughout the sexual interlude up until the moment of ejaculation when they suddenly and completely ceased.” In the end, his hiccups didn’t come back for another 12 months.
3. Colds and Flu
According to a 2009 study conducted by Carl Charnetski and Frank Brennan of Wilkes University, having regular sex can help fight off colds and flu. The researchers studied 111 undergrads aged 16 to 23 and questioned them on the frequency of their sexual activity over the previous month. Then, they took saliva samples of each participant in order to measure their levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA), the body’s first line of defense against colds and flu. As the study found, those who had one or two sexual encounters per week had a 30 percent rise in IgA levels. However, those who had sex more than three times a week had lower levels of IgA than those who abstained from sex.
4. Morning Sickness
Sex gave you morning sickness. As a 2012 theory stated, sex can also take it away. In 2012, SUNY-Albany psychologist, Gordon Gallup presented his findings of morning sickness and oral sex at the Northeastern Evolutionary Psyhology society. According to Gallup, a woman vomits as a reaction to her body initially rejecting the father’s semen. However, as the woman becomes continuously exposed to the father’s semen, she will be less likely to reject it. Because of that, the woman will cease experiencing morning sickness. Sounds to me like a good excuse for guys to get some oral action while their poor partners are suffering.
5. PMS Cramps
As sex therapist, Judith Golden, told Best Health magazine, “The strength and intensity of an orgasm can relieve cramps." According to Golden, women who masturbate often report that it helps relieve menstrual cramps and even lessens the symptoms of PMS.
Not only does masturbation help relieve cramps, but according to Golden, it also helps with insomnia. “Just as people fall into a deep sleep after sex with a partner—because blood pressure is lowered and relaxation is increased through the release of endorphins—masturbation is a good sleeping pill,” Golden said.
7. Low Self-Esteem
According to a 2014 study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers from Cornell University and New York University followed a sample of 371 single US college students over a nine month period. As the study found, students who engaged in casual sex reported to having a much higher sense of well-being in comparison to those who did not engage in casual sex.
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