Hormonal Imbalance? Orgasm is the Cure
by Mark Gottlieb Oct 2, 2013
“How you do orgasm is how you do everything. It is a window into the struggles you have in the rest of your life.” That's Dr. Sara Gottfried, a board Certified Gynecologist educated at Harvard Medical School, presenting on "Orgasm as a Portal to Optimum Health" at OneTaste's Orgasmic Meditation Experience in San Francisco in August.
Dr. Gottfried is author to the best-selling book, The Hormone Cure, a state-of-the-art compendium of information about women’s hormones. Combining scientific rigor and intellectual honesty with a desire to heal, Dr. Gottfried became a pioneer in what she describes as the new, systems-based, integrative approach to medical care. It is a completely new paradigm that’s preventive, proactive and lifestyle-based, and puts emphasis on the responsibility of the individual in daily habits and long-term consequences. In taking this stand, she gave credibility to practices too-long frowned upon by conventional medical practitioners, practices that can serve women everywhere.
Estrogen, the diva of women’s hormones, has over three hundred tasks—most notably it is responsible for breasts, hips, smooth skin and the female orientation of the brain. It is the most ancient of hormones, being found even in some insects. Estrogen adjusts the available level of serotonin, thus regulating mood, sleep, and appetite.
It is literally the archetype of femininity. And too much estrogen can cause real problems for women. Estrogen is produced in the ovaries and in fat cells. Excess fat can lead to excess estrogen. This is particularly true of diets high in fats. Dietary fat encourages the reabsorption of estrogen by slowing down the process by which estrogen is secreted. Dietary fiber, on the other hand, speeds up this process, lowering estrogen levels by encouraging its removal from the body. This is significant for much more than appearances sake. Too much estrogen may trigger breast and cervical cancer.
In her lecture she referenced an Epidemic of Overwhelm. She pointed out that one-in-four women take antidepressants (for men it is one-in-seven.) 33% to 50% of women are not happy with their sexual experience and sell themselves short with a four minute orgasm to reach climax. This epidemic is reflected in the fact that Western Women work too much, eat too much, and have a hunger that they can’t satisfy—a hunger that can be satisfied by OM.
Dr. Gottfried pointed out that stress raises cortisol, DHEA, and testosterone, and lowers thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, growth hormone, and melatonin. Stress affects sleep. Elevated levels of cortisol can result in high blood sugar. Stress ages people.
She contrasted cortisol to oxytocin, noting that cortisol robs you of oxytocin, whereas with orgasm women get flooded with oxytocin within one minute. Oxytocin is the social connection hormone. Lower levels of oxytocin have us prefer to be alone, frown more, can’t sleep, can’t ejaculate. Higher levels of oxytocin result in higher social cognition and improved social motivation.
She shared that best way to manage stress is orgasm. OM, in particular, manages cortisol better than most other methods, noting that the main hormones for women, estrogen, cortisol and thyroid, are balanced with OM.
Dr. Gottfried noted that we age because our hormones decline—our hormones don’t decline because we age. OM balances women's hormones by raising oxytocin, and balances men's by raising testosterone. OM resolves cortisol problems and the thyroid becomes more efficient. The highest levels of oxytocin correspond with the lowest incidence of PTSD. The serotonin and oxytocin systems are synchronized with OM. Dr. Gottfried stated that OM is the best hormone therapy you can have. OM builds intimacy, connection and relationships, optimizing our life experience.