Sex Before Speaking Calms Stage-Fright

Want to keep calm during a speech? Have sex beforehand.

A study by Scottish psychologist Stuart Brody examined the affect of sexual activity prior to stressful activities like giving a speech.  During the study, 50 men and women monitored their sexual activity during a two week period. 

Brody then analyzed the impact on stressful activities like giving a speech.  He found that the subjects that were having regular sexual intercourse felt less stress during and after the stressful event.

“The effects are not attributable simply to the short-term relief afforded by orgasm but rather endure for at least a week,” Brody told New Scientist magazine.

Brody said that the release of the “pair bonding” hormone oxytocin might be the cause the calming effect.

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