The intimacy is one of the fundamentals in a relationship, so during a sexual intimacy something happens to your brain, and it’s something that you can simulate with other things. The rest is an entirely different matter, whether you should do it or not.
You may not know, but attraction is actually increased activity in your amygdala. It speeds up when you see something that you like. This encourages you to go after the thing that you want. It’s what makes us act on lust, and maybe regret it later.
Chemical changes begin in your brain even before sex itself. During a kiss, men actually pass testosterone along to women through saliva. The hormone is responsible for aggression and is very much linked to sex.
Men Are From Mars
The chemical reactions in the brain transmitted through sexual intimacy are drfferent in each gender. In men, activity in the amygdala slows down. This is the part of the brain that triggers aggression and sexual lust. As the need is satisfied, the frenzy of activity in the brain slows.
Women Are On Venus
When it comes to women, they are in fight-or-flight mode during sex. This means they’re almost in a state of panic, and they’re primed for an intense situation.
In the female brain during sex the activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain directly behind the left eye, slows down. This part of the brain is linked to self-evaluation. This means that during sex, women are more able to focus on the act itself instead of how they look doing it, opposite from men.
Taking It Slow
There are other parts of the brain that slow down during sex as well. The prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate, and the poles of the temporal lobes all experience less activity during intercourse. Among other tasks, these parts of the brain help you organize knowledge about the world around you and notice your external environment, which is very important.
You probably didn’t know, but through the act of sex, the brain is flooded with dopamine. This is a brain chemical that makes you feel good. Sex causes this “natural drug” to flood the septum, hypothalamus, amygdala, and olfactory tubercle.
Not only sex can provide those intense feelings, there are also other activities that can trigger the same desire-and-reward pattern. Eating chocolates and other decadent foods are often compared to sex because they ignite the same chemical reaction, and that’s why when you get what you desire, your brain rewards you with chemicals.
Dopamine feels amazing, and that’s why it’s addicting. People get addicted to certain foods that trigger this feeling, but the same goes for the sex, people can get addicted to sex as well.