In simple terms, an orgasm is the body’s physiological response to sexual stimulation. The climactic response is prompted by the release of the neurohormones oxytocin and vasopressin (we’ll talk more about these later). Brain scans have shown that, during orgasm, metabolic activity in the cerebral cortex decreases while activity in the limbic areas of the brain increases. The cerebral cortex governs the conscious layers of the brain, playing a role in attention, awareness, thought process and memory.

From an evolutionary standpoint, sexuality is an intrinsic part of who we are. Our inherent urge to reproduce is constantly flowing through our veins and is vital to ensure the survival of our species as a whole. However, what was once a mechanism of conception is now more about recreation.

A recent article on WomenToWomen.com discussed the similarities between the symptoms of lupus and the symptoms of sever cases of menopause.

Statistics indicate that a number of Americans are suffering from hormonal imbalances due to improper diet and ability to handle insulin. These factors can, in turn, affect many other hormones in the body including the sex hormones. If adequate cholesterol levels are not maintained and balanced, these hormones cannot be made in good quantities and symptoms of hormone deficiency may occur.

Many things can accelerate the decline of hormone levels in both sexes. Stress levels, diet, nutrition and lifestyles all contribute to hormone imbalance. Currently, one of the main culprits is stress. This is true because the stress hormone, cortisol, is built with the same building blocks as our sex hormones, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. The more stress we have, the more cortisol we demand and the fewer building blocks we have to make our sex hormones.

It is important for men to realize the importance of stress reduction, diet and lifestyle on their hormone levels. Men should find ways to reduce their stress such as meditation, exercise, reading, journaling or enjoying nature.

February is the month that reminds us all about how sexy we feel (or don’t feel!) …check out the latest news from BodyLogicMD that links love, sex and libido with balanced hormones. Also tune into BodyLogicMD  Dr. Jennifer Landa’s debut on YouTube where she discusses how sex can be dictated by hormonal

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