Although everyone’s sex life is unique to them and their partner, most people can agree that having an orgasm is a compelling experience. Did you know, though, that orgasms affect you mentally and physically? Here just some things that happen to your mind and body when you climax.

Your Brain Temporarily ‘Shuts Down’ 

Ever felt bolder than normal mid-sex? That’s because your lateral orbitofrontal cortex (the part of your brain responsible for logical thinking) temporarily deactivates. As a result, this can also reduce feelings of anxiety and fear, which can be an issue in some people’s sex lives and sexual performance. This means you think less logically and instead act in the moment.

Hormones and Chemicals Are Released 

When you have an orgasm, your brain is working hard at producing several neurochemicals and hormones. One chemical released is dopamine, which is responsible for feelings of desire, pleasure, and motivation. Oxytocin is also released during an orgasm which is known as the ‘bonding’ hormone that helps to facilitate a sense of attachment and love while helping to promote affection and allow us to feel closer to others.

Your Body Is Less Sensitive to Pain 

During sex, your brain produces and releases chemicals that make your body less sensitive to pain. This happens when the pituitary gland is activated. This releases oxytocin, vasopressin, and other endorphins, which help promote intimacy and bonding as well as pain reduction. This explains why certain actions that might typically be seen as painful, such as scratching or hair pulling during sex can actually be pleasurable and not hurt as much. If you’re ever wondering the science behind why you’re more sensitive in some ways during sex, but less sensitive to pain, this is it!