Scientific Study Discovers That BDSM is Fun

Scientific Study Discovers That BDSM is Fun

In a moment that caused kinksters around the world to collectively say, “That’s what we’ve been telling you,” a new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine revealed findings that BDSM play creates a similar reaction in the body to a runner’s high. The researchers said that this study confirmed their hypothesis that BDSM causes a stress response in the body and that the response is directly related to pleasure.

The study involved taking blood samples from 35 Belgian couples before they engaged in a BDSM play scene at a dungeon. Once the fun was over, another blood sample was taken. The two samples were analyzed to look for changes in hormone levels. A group of 27 people at a sports club who are not into BDSM acted as the control group with their own blood samples being analyzed.

Researchers found that dominant partners had an increase in their endocannabinoid levels, a hormone connected to feelings of bliss and content, during power play. Alternatively, submissives experienced a similar increase but only during pain play. At the same time, submissives also had an increase of cortisol during pain play which the dominants did not experience. 

While it’s a small study and not conclusive, the researchers hope these results and those from later studies will help reduce stigma around BDSM by showing that responses to it and other sexual pleasure are biological.

 

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