It turns out that instead of fancy sex toys or libido drugs, all you might need to intensify your orgasms is a rush of the love hormone oxytocin.
According to the results from a small study conducted by Hannover Medical School in Germany, couples who administered an oxytocin nasal spray before engaging in sex reported more intense orgasms.
While oxytocin will not affect the mechanical workings related to sex, such as the firmness of a penis erection or the amount of vaginal lubrication produced, it is known to be responsible for our ability to bond with others. This might explain why besides reporting more intense orgasms, men who administered the oxytocin spray also reported feeling more satisfied post sex than those who administered a placebo spray.
The 29 couples were asked to either administer an oxytocin nasal spray or a placebo, as well as complete a questionnaire about their sexual experience and their feelings towards their partner post-coitus.
Men seemed to benefit the most from the boost of oxytocin, while some women reported feeling more able and ready to share their desires and felt empathy toward their partner during sex.
While previous studies have monitored oxytocin during sex and its role in our bonding with others, very few have identified whether an extra boost of the hormone affects our sexual experience.
Researchers said that the increase in sexual satisfaction by couples was small - about half a point higher than those who had been given the placebo - which they believe may be due to the fact that oxytocin is naturally released by the body after reaching climax.
The study was a small one with adults who reported no sexual dysfunction. Researchers have recognised the need for a broader study to be conducted in order to establish their findings as fact.