Sexual Pleasure Desensitizes Your Brain
Sexual thrill-seeking is biochemical. After sexual pleasure, your brain does not return to normal. It equires more intense sexual thrills the next time in order the experience the same amount of pleasure.
Are you gauging the value of your relationship by how often you have sex? Is your mate starting to react to your every gesture of affection as pressure to “get it on?”
If so, you may be victims of a primitive brain mechanism that promises satisfaction—but delivers its opposite. It can put couples out of sync sexually.
(This is especially likely after your one-time booster shot of honeymoon neurochemistry has worn off.)
Let’s say you act out a sexual fantasy or try a hot, new foreplay technique. You briefly recapture some of the drug-like buzz that characterized your early romance, right? But here’s the sinister bit: intense stimulation appears to have the power to trigger lingering changes that can leave mammalian brains like ours more dissatisfied soon afterward. Read more