July 13, 2017

THE MATHEMATICS OF SEX ON BRAINS

By David F. Effiong

Have you ever wondered why the male species of humans and animals alike ‘hunt’ for females? Did you know that sex hormones assist in the expression of male behavior? Have you ever wondered why it is excruciatingly painful and ego-bursting if the male is rejected? Have you ever questioned why it is easier to say No to sex when you are still a virgin? And have you ever thought of the reasons why you keep going back to have sex after telling yourself you wouldn’t?

Think of sex as your most favourite food or your loved family and then perhaps you’d understand why. The pleasure we get from sex is largely due to the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that activates the reward center of the brain. Dopamine is also one of the chemicals responsible for the high people get on certain drugs (www.health.com/sex/8-ways-sex-affects-your-brain. 07.07.2017). think of it as that ‘magical substance’ that tricks you into drinking the next cup of coffee, the next bottle of beer or the next chocolate. But for Bethany Brookshire (www.slate.com/articles/health-and-science/science/2013/07/what-is-dopamine).

Dopamine is busy! It is not salience, for it got far more roles in the brain to play. Hence, it is the dopamine pathway known as the mesolimbic pathway (which starts with cells in the ventral tegmental area, buried deep in the middle of the brain, which send their projections out to places like the nucleus accumbens and the cortex) that most people talk about when they refer to motivation, addiction or lost. There are indeed many types of neurons, and they make billions and billions of connections. Hence, this complexity makes the brain fascinating and mind-boggling thing that it is.

Maybe it could be because of this ‘dopamineness,’ this addictive hunt, this joyful sex that many a woman cry for a rather condomless sex. This was in fact confirmed in a study in 2002 at the University of Albany, where a good number of women who had sex without a condom were observed to have had fewer depressive symptoms than women who did use a condom. The researchers hypothesized that various compounds in semen, including estrogen and prostaglandin, have antidepressant properties, which are then absorbed into the body after sex (Amanda Gardner, www.health.com/sex 07.07.2017). it has also been shown that the ability to recall information better than males most likely originated from sexual selective pressures on females during competition with other females in mate selection (cf. en.m.wikipedia.org/Neuroscience-of-sex-differences 12.07.2017).

 Though not sufficient, yet this goes a long way to reveal the advantageousness of being hunted by males for sexual purposes. In our discourse about sex and brains, one need not forget the research at the Stockholm Brain Institute in Sweden which found that homosexual men and heterosexual women have similar brain characteristics. If this is the case then it might also presuppose that (like the molecular biologist at the National Institutes of Health, Dean Hamer said) there is a biological reason for sexual orientation.
And just incase you feel ‘down’ or depressed just after you had sex, even mind-blowing ones, just remember it is called “post-coital dysphoria.” Beverly Whipple, PhD, a professor emeritus at Rutgers University would associate sex from pain relief while other researchers have attributed the effect to oxytocin, the so-called bonding hormone that helps mothers and babies bond.

You should be awed at the reasons many people give when cheating in a relationship. One emotion is very much popular namely: anger. A very angry woman or man is most likely to wipe his or her memory clean by embarking on a vigorous sex even with a stranger. Think of the relief you’d likely get at the end of such a voyage? But be careful of fucking a stranger if you are an angry man. Why? The part of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex winds down after ejaculation. This, along with the release of oxytocin and serotonin, may account for the falling asleep syndrome. You wouldn’t love to wake up close to a stranger, would you?

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All these brain reactions conspire to mathematically represent sex as revealing certain patterns in our lives. Dr. Clio Cresswell  TEDx Sydney, 2014), a senior lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Sydney, had talked of this mathematics as necessary in understanding the evolutionary roots of our brain. One should then be grateful for the roles placed by the summation of having sex and having brains. These two phenomena, indeed transcending human cultures, have intermingled and brought humanity to where it is today – a world longing for complete freedom and a world in search for a renovation and renewal of itself.
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