Here's a reason to go for the O: After orgasm, people are more likely to have important (and positive!) conversations than people who didn't reach climax, according to a new study out of the University of Iowa and the University of Connecticut.
And that's great news considering positive pillow talk is linked to overall sexual and relationship satisfaction, according to the study authors. It makes scientific sense too. After orgasm, your brain is flooded with the “feel-good” hormone oxytocin, which is associated with a greater sense of trust and lower levels of stress.
The one caveat: Lose the booze. Drinking alcohol before hitting the sheets may turn those “sweet nothings” sour. In the study, people who drank an average of one drink prior to sex discussed less important (and less positive) info in their post-coital chats. "Oxytocin is an 'upper' and alcohol is a 'downer,' so it's not surprising that they have opposite effects on behavior," Tamara Afifi, Ph.D., coauthor of the study, told Science Daily.
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So despite the verbal floodgates that open after a few beers, bringing up an significant issue after tipsy sex is probably not the best idea. But don't worry if you slip up: "It doesn't really matter how much you drink on any one occasion—it's about patterns of alcohol consumption in relationships, since those who drank more before sexual activity in general disclosed information of less depth," says Amanda Denes, Ph.D., lead author of the study.
But the main takeaway seems to be that orgasms = better communication. And that sounds like a win-win to us.