Calories burned from orgasm

How Many Calories Do You Burn During Sex?

It’s hard to imagine a more enjoyable way of burning calories than sex. (Most people would gladly trade in that run on the treadmill for a romp in the hay).

But is sex really the calorie-burning engine it’s often made out to be?

That’s what scientists have been trying to figure out for years. Researchers have attempted to measure the number of calories burned during sex on numerous occasions, but the results have varied greatly, says Carole Lieberman, MD, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist and author of Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets.

Still, there’s no question that sex can be good for your health. Fooling around gets your heart rate going — and there’s no better way to burn serious calories than when your heart is pumping.

Your Bedroom Guide to Calorie Burning

For the main act of intercourse, most calorie-burning estimates range from 100 to 200.

Add some foreplay into the mix, and you can increase the burn (and your sexual satisfaction while you’re at it!). “One thing’s for sure,” Dr. Lieberman says, “sex is a more satisfying calorie burner than a Stairmaster or Pilates class.”

Here’s how many calories a 150-pound woman burns when she:

Kisses. Pucker up! Depending on how passionate you get mid-smooch, you can burn anywhere from one to five calories a minute when kissing. A full-on make-out session can use up as many as 85 calories an hour, Lieberman says.

Fools around. When it comes to foreplay, it’s the time you actually spend fooling around that counts. A 150-pound person will burn about 25 calories for every 15 minutes of foreplay. Double (or triple!) the time involved, and you can burn the same amount of calories that you would during a 10-minute light jog, Lieberman says. Resist the temptation to be a passive recipient: Move those muscles.

Give her partner a massage. He’s been begging for a back rub — and here’s a good reason to give it to him: Massage burns about 80 calories an hour, Lieberman says. Take turns massaging each other; that way, you can both take advantage of the calorie burn (and its arousing effects).

Dirty dances. A good prelude to great sex? Go out dancing! Whether you head out on the town or make some suggestive moves in the privacy of your own bedroom, kicking up your heels can burn 170 or more calories in a half-hour.

Has an orgasm (again!). Want to top off your calorie-burning romp in the hay right? Reaching orgasm can burn an additional 60 to 100 calories, Lieberman says. So why stop after just one?

The secret to burning more calories during sex is easy, says Lieberman. All you have to do is put more passion, heat, and time into the act.

How Many Calories Does Sex Burn?

Several studies published in the last few years have discussed sex and calorie expenditure. One of them, from the University of Quebec at Montreal, studied 21 heterosexual couples in their early 20s. Researchers tracked energy expenditure during exercise and sexual activity. They used armbands to track activity.

Perceived energy expenditure, perception of effort, fatigue, and pleasure were also assessed after sexual activity.

All participants completed a 30-minute endurance exercise session on a treadmill at a moderate intensity to compare caloric expenditure.

Results showed that men burned 101 calories (4.2 calories per minute) on average during the 24-minute session. Women burned 69 calories (3.1 calories per minute). Mean intensity was 6.0 METS in men and 5.6 METS in women, which represents moderate intensity. During the 30-minute moderate-intensity treadmill session, men burned 276 calories and women burned 213 calories. Also, it was noted that perceived energy expenditure during sexual activity was similar in men and women when compared to measured energy expenditure.

What do these results mean? Sex doesn’t burn as many calories as moderate-intensity exercise, but the number of calories burned was still notable.

Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine isn’t quite as forgiving with caloric expenditure estimations for sexual activity. The study says that a man weighing 154 pounds would, at 3 METs, expend approximately 3.5 calories per minute (210 calories per hour) during a stimulation and orgasm session.

This level of expenditure is similar to that achieved by walking at a moderate pace (approximately 2.5 miles per hour). But the study says that the average bout of sexual activity lasts for only about six minutes. This means that a man in his early-to-mid 30s could burn approximately 21 calories during sexual intercourse.

Some people think that a romp in the sheets is an enjoyable (and calorie-burning) form of exercise in itself. But the truth is that the exact number of calories you burn during sex depends on a variety of factors, including your weight and how vigorous your romp is.

Wanna find out just how much fat you’re burning during sex? Here’s what scientists have discovered over the years.

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In 2013, scientists at the University of Montreal attempted to answer this question by asking 21 heterosexual couples to wear SenseWear fitness trackers during their lovemaking. The couples also ran on a treadmill for 30 minutes to compare their sexercise to actual exercise.

The results, which were published in the journal PLOS ONE, concluded that men burn 100 calories during the average sex session, while women burn about 69 calories. (Nice.) The researchers estimated that men burn roughly 4.2 calories per minute during sex, while women burn 3.1 calories.

In total, the number of calories burned during sex was far less than the number of calories men burned during exercise, which was about 276 calories. But while hitting the gym might provide a more intense workout, the researchers concluded that “sexual activity may potentially be considered, at times, as a significant exercise.”

Plus, the results of the study were based on the average amount of time the couples had sex, which was about 25 minutes — so we can reasonably assume that the longer the session, the more calories can be burned. (Want to find out for yourself? Multiply the number of minutes you have sex by the researchers’ 4.2 calories figure to get the approximate total number of calories you’ve burned.)

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But before you get too excited about that potential calorie burn, another study published in 2013 concluded the opposite: that sex really isn’t much of a workout at all.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the paper aimed to debunk certain weight loss-related myths, such as that sex can burn anywhere between 100 to 300 calories. This time, scientists used 1984 research published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which found that the average bout of sex lasted only six minutes. With this figure, they determined that a 70kg, 30-something man only burns 21 calories during the typical sexual encounter.

In summation, if you’re trying to lose weight and you’re hoping to replace gym time with sex, you may want to stick with your traditional workout routine. But that doesn’t mean intercourse doesn’t have real health benefits.

In addition to improving your mood, sex can also boost your immunity. People who have sex at least once a week have been shown to benefit from higher levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that protects you from illness, compared to those who didn’t get so lucky.

A healthy sex life can also reduce cancer risk in men. A large study in the British Medical Journal found that men who ejaculated at least 21 times per month were less likely to get prostate cancer than guys who only ejaculated four to seven times per month.

So yes, unfortunately, a tumble in the sheets doesn’t torch as many calories as you’d likely hoped. But hey, that shouldn’t stop you from having more sex.

This article originally appeared on Mens Health US.

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16 Things You Didn’t Know About the Female Orgasm

8. There is a best day for sex

Day 14 of a woman’s cycle, to be exact. On this magical day (which is also around the time ovulation occurs, go figure), a woman’s clitoris grows like a magic grow capsule, increasing in size by up to 20%. That makes it way, way easier to get her off, for those of you who are clueless or cursed with crappy dexterity.

9. Orgasms are the best headache cure, hands down

Orgasms work faster than painkillers to reduce headaches and cured 60% of migraine sufferers in a recent study.

10. … and the best treatment for period cramps

The contracting that happens in a woman’s uterus when she orgasms uses up lipid compounds called prostaglandins, which also cause menstrual cramps. That squeezing also helps to flush out excess blood (sorry guys) and other period-related debris that could potentially lead to endometriosis. Tell that to her next time she says she can’t possibly, because it’s her time of the month.

11. Lesbians have the upper hand

While straight women only have orgasms 62% of the time they have sex, lesbians get off 75% of the time. That’s according to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine and I guess shouldn’t be completely surprising since these girls are working with familiar equipment.

12. Orgasms affect a woman’s… breath?

Allegedly. Marriage manual author Theodoor van de Velde wrote some patsy book called Ideal Marriage in the ’30s in which he claimed women’s breath has “a slight seminal odor” about an hour after intercourse. OK, whatever.

13. You can tell a lot by a woman’s stride

A bunch of Belgian scientists got together and determined they could infer a woman’s sexual history by the way she walked. Real life. Basically they analyzed women’s gaits and found that stride length and pelvic and vertebral rotation suggested a woman who was regularly enjoying orgasms.

14. Orgasms are no miracle diet

An orgasm burns just two to three calories, though a person can burn around 50 calories in the activity leading up to the orgasm. Not exactly an excuse to cancel that gym membership.

15. Orgasmic pulsations are some next-level shit

The little round ligaments that connect to the labia move a woman’s uterus to and fro during her orgasm, allowing the cervix to pull in semen that might have pooled in her vagina. It’s like those baby-making parts have minds of their own, grabbing around in the dark to continue the genetic line. Science!

16. Orgasms make women like you more

When a woman gets off, her body releases four times the normal amount of oxytocin. Which, if you didn’t already know, is the “bonding hormone.” If she’s not feeling cuddly after sex, it might mean she faked her orgasm. Just saying.

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8 More Reasons to Reach Orgasm… Every Time!

When it comes to sex between a man and a woman, sometimes the act can be a little more pleasurable for one partner than the other. It’s pretty much inevitable the guy will climax but as for his partner, she can end up feeling a little-ahem-unsatisfied. If this has ever happened to you, fear no more-the “big O” can and should be yours each and every time you have intercourse.

We went to the woman who wrote the book on orgasm, Mikaya Heart, author of The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women: How to Become Orgasmic for a Lifetime, and asked for her best advice. She gave us eight good reasons to make your “O” a priority every time.

It Burns Calories

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Can you think of a more fun way to burn 150 calories? A half-hour of sex alone burns this much, but experts say that when you have an orgasm you burn even more.

“It’s great exercise! It tones up muscles in different parts of your body,” Heart says.

It Clears Emotional Baggage

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Ever felt like you wanted to laugh or cry after an orgasm? “That rush of energy through your whole body clears out ‘stuck stuff,’ Heart says. “It’s a natural release and expression of emotion that has been bottled up inside.”

It’s a Stress Reliever

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Most women report feeling deeply relaxed after reaching climax, due in part to the feel-good hormones released by the brain that help you de-stress naturally.

“Climaxing helps clear away those residues of tension that we don’t need to be carrying around,” Heart says. And that relaxation, in turn, can make sex better. “You’re more likely to have a vaginal orgasm when you’re in a state of deep relaxation, regardless of the type of stimulation.”

It Helps Us Connect

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When we reach orgasm with a partner, we connect to them on a deeper level. “It’s a way of accessing a reality that is much greater than our daily grind, leaving us with a renewed sense of connection and compassion,” Heart says.

We Learn to Love the Skin We’re In

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“It’s a way of making friends with our bodies,” Heart says. “Our bodies love to have orgasms-and in order to have one, we have to let go and trust our bodies to do what it knows is right,” she adds.

It Makes Us Spiritually Smarter

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If you’ve been wondering if you should make that career change, the answer could come after orgasm. “Some women I have spoken with say that they get answers to things they have been wondering about, like what they should do with their lives,” Heart says. “Even those who are not religious or spiritual say they have a new ‘awareness’ after reaching climax.”

It’s a Natural Painkiller

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Having regular orgasms may be a very good remedy for people who are in chronic pain. “Experiments have shown that when a woman is in an orgasmic state, she doesn’t even feel pain that might otherwise send her through the roof.”

It’s Energizing

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Forget that cup of coffee! An orgasm may be all you need when you want a little charge in the morning.

“Orgasm realigns the energy in the body and removes blocks to the natural energy flow, making us feel more alive and present,” Heart says.

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How Many Calories Does Having Sex Really Burn?

Biological Fireworks

Orgasms require a fair bit of energy to take place, and we’re not just talking about the stimulation required to initiate them. Clearly, though, the longer it takes to bring someone to orgasm using a variety of somewhat repetitive actions, the more calories the stimulator will burn – but what about the lucky orgasming person themselves?

Orgasms involve a rush of hormones, a spike in blood flow, the generation and the ejaculation of a variety of sexual fluids, all of which expend energy. On average, the process of attaining an orgasm can burn off between 60 to 100 calories, according to one source. Another claims just 3 calories are used.

In any case, most men post-orgasm have a rest or “refractory” period of time wherein they cannot achieve another until their wilted soldier has recovered. On average, this lasts 30 minutes. Certain women can have orgasms almost indefinitely during the same time period – so in terms of calories burned through orgasms during an amorous session, they definitely win this round.

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The science of sex is decidedly complicated. SOMKKU/

The more positions you attempt during sex, the more calories you’ll burn, but for simplicity’s sake, let’s assume the same position is held throughout. So what position flames away the most calories – doggy style, cowgirl, classic missionary or something risky sounding called the “passion propeller?”

As it turns out, there aren’t too many studies on the subject. Arming a passionate couple with high-tech cardiovascular monitoring equipment is difficult for a fair few reasons, so most publications have taken to giving rough estimates that, at a glance, appear to vary wildly.

A company named UK Medix, an online pharmacy, has for some reason designed a Sex Calculator. This digital curiosity claims to work out how many calories a bit of bed-based bouncing burns off, depending on position, your weight, and whether the participant in question is male or female.

It doesn’t appear particularly precise – when asked about weight, one option is “curves in all the right places,” which appears to roughly translate as “average weight.” For the duration dropdown box, it ranges from “slow and tender” to “fast and furious.” It is unlikely to be particularly scientific.

No matter what you are doing, you are always exercising and burning off calories. Did you know you that 10 minutes of laughing burns off about 50 calories? Even brushing your teeth for two minutes burns 5.7 calories.

Sex, the most enjoyable type of exercise, also burns off a handful of calories, but it’s difficult to say what a good average is. Some say it’s about 69 calories, whereas others claim sexercise can burn over 200.

Buried in a study about obesity in the New England Journal of Medicine is a small reference to this, which notes that a man in his mid-to-early 30s engaging in the average length of sexual activity – that’s six minutes – would burn off just 21 measly calories. This is based on a rough estimate of a person’s rate of energy conversion (metabolism) during sex – an educated guess, really.

Clearly, it’s complicated. It depends on a huge range of factors, including – but not limited to – whether you are male or female, who you’re engaging in a frivolous frisk with, how long the action lasts, how vigorous it is, your relative cardiovascular health, muscle mass and, of course, what position(s) you are taking.

So what sexual activity burns off the most calories? Let’s see what science has to say about it.

Calorie Counting

Physical activity, which obviously includes sex, makes up just 10 to 30 percent of your energy usage. The more muscles you have, the more energy they require to be used, and the more you need to respire, the more energy you’ll use up.

So if you have particularly spirited sex for longer, and you’re particularly muscly already, you’ll burn up more calories. That’s the basic science of any form of exercise.

Additionally, prolonging foreplay, maybe throwing in a massage or two – or a spontaneous dance show if you’re into that kind of thing – will certainly burn up more calories than just careening straight into coitus. There is one other thing that’s worth considering, though: orgasms.

Orgasms do make a difference, but it is not clear by how much. Mariyana M/

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wondered after a hot and sweaty session between the sheets how many calories you burned. Same. Well, it turns out, not only is this intimate time with your partner fun and pleasurable, but it’s also good for your psychological, emotional, and physical wellbeing, according to Healthline.

In addition to getting your heart rate up, you can also burn some serious calories by undressing, kissing, and everything in between during sex. Want the specifics? Based on the body weight of a 150 pound women, here are seven different ways you can burn calories during sex, along with tips from experts on how to ramp things up to burn even more calories.

Kissing: 68 calories per hour

Remember how, when you were first dating and strictly going to first base, you’d start locking lips and come up for air about 30 minutes later? Well, not only can kissing someone you love deepen social attachment between partners, but it can also help you some exercise.

“If the kissing is vigorous and involves some petting, it could be even closer to 90 calories burned in an hour,” says Jaiya Kinzbach, a Los Angeles-based sexologist and the author of Red Hot Touch.

Try her technique for turning kissing into an honest-to-goodness workout session: “Kiss in unusual positions. Have the guy on his back and do ‘plank pose’ or a push-up on top of him, coming down to kiss him and then pushing back up. Push-ups burn 171 calories in 30 minutes.”

Making Out: 230 calories per half-hour

A sizzling clothes-on make-out session with the person you love is an intense caloric blaster yet, according to LA Weekly. Why? Anticipation can get your heart rate going, according to Gilda Carle, PhD, a psychotherapist and relationship expert. “It gives way to heavy breathing, which gives way to a great calorie burn,” she explains.

But you can still maximize the workout by making it hotter and sweatier. “The hotter the room — think Bikram (a.k.a. “hot”) yoga — and the sweatier the make-out session, the more calories you burn,” Kinzbach adds. Also, try rolling around on the bed or changing your scenery. “Make it playful and erotic and you have a great combination for a pleasurable workout.”

Massaging: 80 calories per hour

Who doesn’t like a good rubdown from their partner? Well, if you’re the giver, you get an additional benefit other than making your guy happy: burned calories.

Carole Lieberman, M.D., a Beverly Hills psychiatrist and author of Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets, told Everyday Health that giving a massage burns 80 calories per hour. Though giving a good massage can get your heart rate up and kick your body into calorie-burning mode, the way to ramp things up even more isn’t to speed things up.

Instead, consider going slower, recommends Kinzbach: “This may seem counterintuitive to burning calories, but going slower and deeper is not only more sensual, it works different muscles. I also recommend getting a massage table — it’s better on your body, and standing to give a massage burns more calories.”

Having sex: 69 calories on average

The number of calories you burn during sex varies widely from one session to another, as well as from person to person. Researchers at the University of Montreal asked 21 heterosexual couples between the age of 18 and 35 to have sex once per week for a period of 4 weeks, while wearing an activity tracker to monitor calories. The study published in PLOS ONE found that on average, women burned about 69 calories for a 25-minute session, while men burned around 100 calories.

According to experts, the key to high-calorie-burning sex is to make it hot and long. You can also add a little moaning and sighing, which can help you burn an extra 18 to 30 calories, Kinzbach, says.

Switching up the position can also give you a better workout, as well as keep your sex life exciting. “If you are on top, try moving your hips like a belly dancer; this feels great and will give you a workout,” Kinzbach recommends. “Also try a position where you squat on top of him and then bounce up and down. This is a great workout for your thighs and butt, and it can burn up to 207 calories in 30 minutes.”

Giving Oral Sex: 100 calories per half-hour

According to trainer Brooke Marrone, owner of Brooke Marrone Fitness in New York, going down on your partner can burn around 100 calories per hour. But if you want to blast fat, Kinzbach recommends trying it with push-ups to burn an extra 71 calories.

“Also you can do a little yoga,” Kinzbach says, which tacks on an 35 additional calories. “Try plank position into downward facing dog, and back into plank where you can lower down and do some oral stimulation.”

Using Your Hands: 100 calories per hour

Of course, the old-fashioned hand job is a calorie burner. According to a post by Alyssa Dweck, M.D. and gynecologist, “giving a hand job can burn up to 100 calories an hour depending on vigor and position.”

But you can zap an additional 50 calories per half-hour by taking things up a notch, Kinzbach says. “Get lots of stuff going at once,” she suggests. “Try really slow sensual strokes, and position yourself so that you can use your body as well.” Rocking your body against his and varying the pressure and frequency can help, too, she adds.

Romantic Dancing: 219 calories per hour

A little dancing — even with your clothes on — can be a great workout for you and your husband. According to Mayo Clinic, ballroom dancing burns 219 calories per hour.

“It has been shown in scientific studies that right after an aerobic exercise, women become aroused and lubricated more easily,” says Barbara Bartlik, M.D., a New York-based psychiatrist and sex therapist. Slow dancing is fine, but you have to rev things up to get a real workout, like kissing, nibbling the neck, and touching, Kinzbach suggests.

Benefits of Orgasm for Women

“Great spiritual teachers throughout the ages have stated that orgasm is the closest some people come to a spiritual experience because of the momentary loss of self. Why is this true? Because with spiritual sex, you move beyond orgasm into a connection with yourself, your partner, and the divine — recognize them allas one.” Alexandra Katehakis,

It is well known that orgasms makes one feel great, but it also helps in more sound sleep, cuts down belly fat, etc.

Orgasm is one of the greatest sensations our bodies can experience.

Women are thought to have up to 11 different types of orgasms which can differ in intensity from a mild and subtle feeling to an intense and explosive rush of sensations, depending on how their bodies and minds are feeling at the time and also how they feel about the person they are engaged with.

Achieving an orgasm can have an array of health benefits that affect a woman physically and emotionally—due to the chemical changes that take place within their bodies.

  1. Stimulation of Love hormone:
    One benefit of orgasms is that they stimulate the release of oxytocin, which is also known as the love hormone. This surge also raises levels of a substancecalled CCK, which helps control the appetite.
    Oxytocinalso counteracts stress and depression by combating the harmful effects of cortisol, which is well known for its role in boosting belly fat and cravings for carbs. The dose of dopamine that one gets from sex increases steadily to the point of orgasm and then declines which also assists in curbing the need tofeed. The dopamine pathways in the brain involved in stimulating the desire for both sex and food are shut down by the hormones released immediately after an orgasm. Can you imagine better news for appetite and craving control?
  2. Boost in testosterone levels:
    Although it may seem like one needs testosterone to have a libido, it also works the other way around. Women who enjoy more orgasms have increased estrogen and testosterone. When present in the proper balance, these hormones add fire to sexual desire, give us more sex appeal, improve mood and memory and can even (again) prevent abdominal fat.
    Although the women’s testosterone was higher both before and after sexual intercourse, cuddling gave the biggest testosterone boost of all.
  3. Beats inflammation and builds social life:
    Most of us know that a healthy sex life can help beat stress. There are even more great benefits of oxytocin such as lowering blood pressure and even improving digestion.
  4. A powerful pain relief:
    Some studies suggest that a good orgasm can more than double a woman’s tolerance for pain. Plus, it’s an analgesic, not an anesthetic, meaning it suppresses pain without affecting sensitivity to touch — a critical ingredient when sex is on the menu.
  5. Reductionof stress
    Orgasms can protect your ticker. Sexual activity and orgasm are shown to reduce stress due to the surge of oxytocin, the so-called “cuddle hormone,” that occurs with orgasm. What’s more, studies show that orgasms lower blood pressure levels — at least among women.
  6. Relaxed lifestyle
    Orgasms triggers a cascade of bodily events, including the release of other feel-good hormones called endorphins. These endorphins often have a sedative effect. So it’s no surprise that most of the time after having enjoyed a fabulous night of sleep following helps one sleep better.
  7. Keeping in good shape
    Orgasms can help one stay in shape and lose weight. Getting busy for 30 minutes helps to burn calories. In fact, according to some estimates, one can torch up to 200 calories.


  • Improves circulation to organs- growing healthy tissues, and mentally relaxed. Women who have intercourse (foreplay) atleast once a week are mentally active.
  • Orgasmhelps one’s natural detoxification process to improve digestion and mood and help prevent cancer.
  • Promotes healthy estrogen levels to keep vaginal tissues supple and protect against osteoporosis and heart disease.
  • Induces deep relaxation by boosting endorphin levels and flushing cortisol (aninflammatory hormone released by the adrenal glands) out of the body.
  • Improves brain function, balances the immune system, helps maintain and repair tissue, and promotes healthy skin.
  • Look younger—studies show making love three times a week in a stress free relationship can make one look 10 years younger.
  • Boosts infection-fighting cells up to 20%–helps fight colds and flu!
  • Cures migraines and helps treat other types of pain by elevating pain thresholds (a bonus when preparing for childbirth!)
  • Increases level of the hormone oxytocin, which is linked to passion, intuition, and social skills—the hormone of bonding and success!
  • Day to Day – builds stamina & burn calories.
  • Today’s lifestyle & state of your mind is being in a constant state of stress and alert, the last thing your body wants to do is have sex or fitness – which means you won’t get to experience the benefits of orgasm! Your body goes into survival mode and is just worried about sustaining itself.
  • Shows- single women or divorcee suffer from anger, lioness, frustration & depression, due to lack of orgasm.

Symptoms & signs that one might be suffering with adrenal exhaustion:

  1. Hidden stress & restless mind.
  2. Lack of orgasm in female, men lose focusleading to low confidence.
  3. Lack of orgasms can lead to insomnia.
  4. Without orgasms one will be unable to alleviate pain.
  5. Without orgasm brain lacks stimulation.
  6. Lack of Orgasms one may look aged.

Calories Burned During Sex May Surprise You

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When it comes to breaking a sweat, a romp in bed is likely the most enjoyable way to do so. And if you’re doing it a few times a week (or a day), you’re getting more of a workout. It gets your heart rate up while burning a few calories.

Not to mention that all that bumping and grinding is great for your relationship and happiness. Sex has been shown to help your body fight disease and boost your health and mood. It will also help you get a good night’s sleep since it boosts serotonin, the feel-good chemical in your body. Read more about the benefits of sex.

Still, if you’re looking to slim down, you might not want to give up that Stairmaster just yet. Unfortunately, intercourse may not burn as many calories as you think (though sex may be a more enjoyable calorie burner than a Pilates class).

A study from the University of Montreal compared the calorie expenditure of running to that of sex. It found that running outpaced sex, not surprisingly. Women burned about 213 calories during 30 minutes of light running and men burned 276. Men burned 101 calories during 25 minutes of sex and women only 69, burning an average of 3.6 calories per minute.

So why did guys have a better burn? Researchers think that since men often weigh more than women, they use more energy for doing the same exercise. Men may also be more physically active during sex.

It’s also worth knowing that sex sessions in the study lasted an average of 25 minutes (including foreplay). That’s far longer than average. Times varied in the study, ranging from 10 to 57 minutes. The longer the session, the more calories burned. One study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that most sex sessions last six minutes (not including foreplay).

You can take measures to hike the calorie count of your time getting it on, but you can’t really count on sex to reach your weight-loss goals. Remember that the number of calories you burn during sex varies from one romp to another. So, if you’re sweating and breathing hard, you’ve likely burned more.

Here are some tips for burning more calories during sex:

  • Make some moans and sighs to burn some extra calories.

  • Change your position to make it more of a workout, especially women. If you’re on top, move your hips like a belly dancer. It will feel good while giving you a workout.

  • Experiment with a position where you squat on top of your partner and then bounce up and down. That’s a great way to work out your thighs and rear.

  • Try being on top rather than on the bottom, because research suggests that requires more energy.

  • Kiss in unusual positions. Have the guy on his back. Do a push up on top of him. Come down to kiss him and then push back up.

  • Take off your clothes in ways that burn calories. Draw it out and make it part of your foreplay. Or tease him as you get undressed. Do a seductive dance with a silk scarf, for example.

  • Get inspired by Dirty Dancing. Do some romantic moves, adding in some kissing, touching and neck nibbling.

  • Give a good massage to get your heart rate up. Ramp things up by going deeper. It’s more sensual and works different muscles. Take turns so you can both get the calorie burn and its arousing impact.

Listen, if you’re one of those people who genuinely likes picking up heavy things in front of a mirror surrounded by sweaty strangers, there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you’re not, that’s cool, too.

I mean, when you’re waking up in the morning, bra off, S.O. looking sexy as ever, morning breath masked by the mint you just popped in your mouth, do you actually want to spend that extra 45 minutes sweating on a stationary bike while someone yells at you? Especially when you could be hitting round two? Or three? Or four (you do you) with bae?

Well, according to data by Perfect Fit, a sex-enhancer product line, now you don’t have to decide between going to the gym and morning sex.

Women, on average, can burn nearly 69 calories (yep, 69, lol) for every 25 minutes of sex. And men? One hundred. This means that the next time the weird Tinder dude texts you, “Oh, I’ll give you a workout alright” when you tell him you can’t hang because you have a boxing class, he may actually be kind of right. But also, he’s gross. Block him.

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So if you really want to get your hearts pumpin’ in more ways than just sex, here’s what else Perfect Fit found:

  • Making out can burn 230 calories per every half hour. Which is the equivalent of, like, 200 miles on the treadmill, right?
  • Massaging your partner can burn 80 calories per hour. Now *this* is the way to incentivize your partner for a back rub.
  • Performing oral sex can burn 100 calories per half hour. Tell that to the dude who refuses to go down on you because he just “doesn’t do that.”
  • Giving a handy can burn 100 calories per hour. I mean, if you ever want to feel like you’re stuck in middle school at an open movie theatre, do your thing.
  • And apparently, don’t forget to moan and sigh. The louder you are, the more you can burn—like, literally 18-30 calories per moan (which is the equivalent of exactly one m&m by my precise calculations).

Looks like this *finally* gives me the excuse to never work out again.

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Here’s Exactly How Many Calories You Burn During Sex

Despite our best intentions, life can often get in the way of our fitness plans. The good news? A little sexy time can make up for that missed workout — and be a lot more fun. Getting sweaty in bed has a host of health benefits, from boosting cardiovascular health to burning calories. In fact, according to new data from Perfect Fit, sex and foreplay can burn just as many calories (sometimes more!) than your average gym session.

Exactly how many is that? On average, the study found that 25 minutes of sex burns 69 calories for women and 100 calories for men. Makes sense considering a good romp ups your heart rate and works your muscles. But there are some other, more substantial calorie burners outside of just penetrative sex. Making out can burn up to 230 calories every half hour, which is pretty much what you’d burn from a half hour of running. Making out over running? Um, yes please.

Perfect Fit also found that performing oral sex can burn 100 calories per half hour, a hand job can burn 100 calories per hour, and massaging your partner can burn 80 calories per hour. The study also found that even your moans are burning calories — 18 to 30 per moan, that is.


Sex positions can also affect calorie burn, according to Charlene Ciardiello, CEO of the holistic fitness program Shut Up and Move. Ciardiello told The Cut that women can burn up to 122 calories per half hour in cowgirl, since being on top requires a lot more motion and core work. Legs up can burn 116 calories for a woman while also increasing her flexibility (who needs yoga?). Of the positions Ciardiello reviewed, doggy style burns the least calories for women, coming in at 98 per half hour.

Regardless of how you choose to get down, most positions will burn about as many calories as a 30-minute walk. So don’t sweat it if you missed your Pilates class this morning. Just keep in mind that everyone’s caloric burn is different and dependent on one’s overall cardiovascular health.

And even if you don’t have a partner at the current moment, you can still burn some calories solo: Experts say that 45 minutes of masturbation can burn up to 70 calories. As if you need another reason to do it.

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How to reach an orgasm, what it is, how long it takes and even how many calories they burn – all this in our handy ten point guide.

What is an orgasm?

It is believed to be a similar experience for men and women because the penis and clitoris are made from the same tissue and are connected to the brain and spinal chord by the pudendal chord.

It is the physical and emotional climax of intercourse, and consists of involuntary muscle contractions in the anus, lower pelvis and sexual organs, accompanied by a sudden release of endorphins.

How often do people experience orgasm?

People have more orgasms the younger they are. In 1948’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Alfred Kinsey reported that men had an average intercourse frequency of four times per week when they were 15-20, three times per week at age 30, twice per week at age 40 and less than once per week at 60.

How long does it take to reach orgasm?

Men typically require two to ten minutes of intercourse to reach orgasm. Some women orgasm within 30 seconds of self-stimulation, while most reach climax after 20 minutes.

How can I tell if my partner is faking?

You probably can’t. Both sexes fake because they don’t want their partner to think they’re dissatisfied. For men it’s harder because orgasm is followed by ejaculation, while a women’s orgasm may occur with or without external signs. The only way to know for sure is to ask.

How many calories does an orgasm use up?

Only three – a compelling argument for multiple orgasms, if ever there was one. And 30 minutes of vigorous sex for the average male uses up 63 calories, compared to 288 for 30 minutes of jogging.

Can orgasms cause a heart attack?

Death ‘in the saddle’ is rare. In one study of 5,559 cases of sudden death in men, fewer than 20 occurred during a sexual act. The exertion associated with sexual activity is more the culprit than the actual orgasm. A heart attack is also more likely if the man is married but consorting with a non-spouse in unfamiliar surroundings after a big meal and alcohol. Most scientific articles on death by sex focus on men.

Do orgasms stop at a certain age?

Sexual function starts to decline in the 30s and 40s, but some people experience orgasms past the age of 90. However, a typical man in his 80s is twice as likely to be sexually active as a woman of a similar age (41 per cent versus 18 per cent).

Why do men become sleepy after orgasms?

Nobody knows for sure, but it’s very common. Since the physical exertion for a 175lb man having 30 minutes of vigorous sex expends only 63 calories, it’s likely to be something else that causes it, but so far the research is inconclusive. Male rats also fall deeply asleep shortly after mating, but then so do female rabbits, while their human counterparts prefer a little post-orgasm tenderness and bonding, however brief.

Are orgasms good for the health?

Despite not being particularly effective at burning calories, having orgasms is still good for our overall health. Research suggests that benefits include longevity, increased immunity to disease, improved reproductive health and management of pain, and a possble reduction in the risk of heart disease and cancer. There is even some evidence that male orgasms may also protect women, as antigenic proteins in a partner’s sperm boost the immune system. Apparently, it seems that the more sexual partners a woman has, the lower her risk of breast cancer.

Do different cultures view orgasms differently?

Yes, but historical texts from a variety of cultures describe pleasurable orgasmic sensations, and discussions concerning how both men and women can and should experience sexual pleasure, including orgasm, are often part of their tradition. Sometimes the intention is to reduce sexual activity, at other times, to foster a good marriage – in some Islamic cultures, for example, men are encouraged to withhold ejaculation until they are certain their wife is satisfied.

Some societies have recommended restraint in men because ejaculation was considered debilitating, while others have considered it beneficial for vigour and health.

In 1910, researcher Havelot Ellis surveyed historical and religious pronouncements on the appropriate frequencies for marital coitus (and presumably orgasm) for men, and reported the following recommendations – Zoroaster, Persian religious leader: once in nine days; Hindu authorities: three to six times per month; Solon, Athenian statesman and poet: three times per month; the Koran: once a week; the Talmud: once a day to once a week, depending on occupation; Martin Luther, German founder of Protestantism: twice a week.

Wanking, jerking, using the toys, choking the chicken, filling the hole, whatever you want to call it—you know what I mean. Masturbating is a common activity that pretty much everyone on the planet has thought about, tried, or got caught doing. However, there’s one question we might all be thinking, but not asking out loud: does masturbating burn calories?

Well, stranger, I have the answer. The short answer: yes. Everything burns calories, from setting your neighbor’s house on fire, to killing your cheating ex-boyfriend, and even jerking off. The better question is: how many calories?

Length Matters

First, we have to figure out how long of a session we’re talking about. If you’re taking a nice, long, leisurely stroll down ole’ orgasm lane, then you’ll be burning more calories. But if you’re really quick and are in a hurry because you’re afraid your roommate is coming home, you’re not burning as many calories.

Think of masturbating as a workout, because that’s essentially what it is. The longer you spend on your stroke game, the more your heart is in the zone.

Slow and Steady Doesn’t Always Win

If you’re beating your meat faster than your ex could, or filling your hole with something longer than five inches every .000381 seconds, you’re going to be burning more calories than the person who wants to enjoy their masturbating.

The key here is yourheart rate. The faster your heart rate, the more likely you are to make this a cardio exercise. The length of your session matter, and so does the speed of your movements.

Extra Points for Style

Shoving your fingers into an orifice won’t burn as many calories compared to grasping your meat stick. Or if you’re super crazy and you’re doubling it up and doing both—you’ll be burning more calories than the average masturbator because there is more action and therefore more cardio.

After searching for some statistics and doing some of my own calculations, it appears to be that the average number of calories burned when masturbating is around 70.

All things considered, that’s not too bad, and it might just be that cardio you were looking for that the gym didn’t offer.

Putting it in Perspective

Make some ooh’s and ahh’s 1.5 times, and you can burn the same amount of calories as if you were briskly walking a mile away from a hookup’s house.

Feeling daring? Subscribe to Pornhub Premium and shoot 38.5 times to burn the same amount of calories as someone who just ran a marathon (around 2,700).

Sing for about 45 minutes about how much you love masturbating and you’ll burn the same amount if you do masturbate, about 70.

Cry for an hour and burn 130 calories or fill your void for two go-arounds and burn the same amount and cry no more.

So how many calories have you burned having a good time with yourself? Are you a double-decker with filling and releasing? Which of these comparisons fits you better? Are you the fast ‘bator, or are you slow and take your time?

Don’t let us know.

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