Medical Study Reveals Having Sex May Help Cure Your Allergies!
Are you suffering from a stuffy nose and runny eyes? Are the sniffles getting you down? Before you hit that medicine cupboard considering hitting something else instead. A medical study out of Cleveland says that having sex can provide temporary relief from nasal congestion!
According to otolaryngologist Michael Benninger, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute, the effect of sexual activity has benefits for both men and women suffering with allergies.
“The relationship between sexual arousal, genitalia, and the nose are intimately linked,” explains Michael Benninger. “When you’re aroused, the blood vessels in your genitals dilate and the tissue swells, allowing for increased blood flow. But it turns out, that swelling happens above the belt too — including in the nose. Structures in your nasal passages called turbinates, which help filter the air you breathe, puff up. During sex, though, your body produces adrenaline, which constricts your blood vessels to reduce blood flow again, causing your turbinates to shrink. Since your nose is getting less blood flow, there’s less inflammation,” Dr. Benninger continues. “That means your nose can open up and it’s easier to breathe.”
As far as how long does the relief last, the doctor states anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour. “After orgasm your parasympathetic system — the one that conserves your energy and slows your heart rate — begins to take over. At that point, your nose will start to slowly return to normal. And you’ll feel the congestion begin to return,” he explains.
While sex is definitely not the only option for relieving symptoms, the doctor agrees it’s the most fun. “I don’t think other methods to relieve congestion are nearly as much fun as sexual activity,” he says. “Plus, sex doesn’t come with a lot of side effects.”