I\’m not entirely convinced by the argument here, but the actual result seems valid.
Important and timely news from the Journal of Medical Hypotheses this week: ejaculating could be "a potential treatment of nasal congestion in mature males". My reason for bothering you with this will become clear later. The first thing to note is that this is not an entirely ludicrous idea, but it is a tenuous one.
Most decongestant pills work by increasing the activity in the "sympathetic nervous system", which is involved in lots of largely automatic things in the body, such as sweating, blood pressure, and pupil size, as well as the "fight or flight" mechanism. More activitity in the sympathetic system causes the vessels of the nasal mucosa to constrict, reducing their volume, so clearing the blockage.
The argument from Dr Sina Zarrintan runs: "The emission phase of ejaculation is under the control of the sympathetic nervous system … ejaculation will stimulate adrenergic receptors … and stimulation of your adrenergic receptors gives you relief from your cold."
It\’s a chain of reasoning that would make a nutritionist blush….
But what we actually want to know is, does it work? To which I\’m pretty sure the answer is yes.
Now not being a medical type I\’ll get some of this wrong but in general….the sinuses are in one matter rather similar to the tissues of the penis and labia (labiae?)…..during periods of sexual excitement (or if we\’re talking about a married partner, stimulation perhaps) they engorge with blood.
So, if you\’ve got a blocked nose then getting sexually excited should lead to your sinuses engorging, potentially unblocking said nose. So, yes, it does work, but it\’s the excitement not the ejaculation that does it.
It does have to be said though, even if it doesn\’t, who cares? If you\’re snuffling about, feeling sorry for yourself at having caught this damned cold, you\’re going to get cheered up by a bit of medically applied rumpy pumpy anyway, aren\’t you?