Orgasms can obviously take a person's mind off stressful situations. They can also be indicative of a happy, healthy sexual relationship – a stress-buster all its own. Although the research is on-going, it looks like the oxytocin and endorphins released during sex (and even more so during orgasm) can make people feel more relaxed, comfortable, and safe. Studies have shown that partnered sex is usually a more effective way to get stress relief from sex but masturbation also likely lowers stress levels.
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