This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Sex.
Sex is the only non-chemical process that creates a surge of dopamine in our system. Dopamine is the chemical that is associated with feeling good, euphoric and happy. We experience a spike in dopamine when we eat chocolate cake, when we score well on a test, when we′ve crossed the finish line in a race and other feel-good happenings. Cocaine and alcohol can deliver a spike in dopamine too. That’s why cocaine is known as an “upper” drug.
There is no other physical activity that spikes our dopamine like sex does. In fact, sex raises dopamine levels at a faster and higher rate than cocaine or alcohol do. A Dutch scientist mapped the brain during sex, and found that the surge in dopamine levels were comparable to a heroin rush. So, what actually happens in our brains during sex? Why does it feel so damn good?!
Other than dopamine, oxytocin is the main trigger in our brains during sex. It’s also known as the “cuddle hormone”, because it is what draws men and women to want to stay close together in post-coital hugs. The next time you feel the high from a sex and something in your head “turns on”, basque in it. It is the body’s natural euphoria!
Scientists have mapped the brain to figure out what’s really going on when we start to feel hot and horny. What they found was that the parts of the brain that light up when feeling freaky, are the same areas that also govern emotions and memories. In fact, the areas that light up during foreplay and sex are associated with some of our most sophisticated forms of thoughts. Brain regions that are associated with understanding the thoughts and intentions of other people also seem linked with sexual feelings. So, for those of us who thought that sex was just a reaction of primal instincts and associations, well, they weren’t exactly on the money. The act of sex spurs and connects to a whole lot more going on inside of us. The brain is definitely involved in sexual pleasure in a meaningful and complex way.