The Benefits of BDSM Explained

The way BDSM is portrayed in mainstream culture, you’d have a difficult time convincing many people that BDSM is good for them. But the fact is, in a healthy, safe environment, BDSM can help people overcome traumas and live a healthier life. Take the recent news that TV star Annalynne McCord partook in BDSM with her ex-boyfriend to help her overcome past sexual traumas.

BDSM has a number of healthy benefits.

The Benefits of BDSM are More Science Based Then You Think…

Yep, science. The benefits of BDSM are backed by science. There are a myriad of benefits that when safely performed, BDSM can help with.

In this study, those who played the role of dominant showed increased levels of work ethic. In this study, BDSM helped people with their mental health.

There’s a whole slew of BDSM benefits.

BDSM has been around for far longer than we imagine. Literally, historians have found evidence of BDSM dating back to ancient times. For years, BDSM was considered an outlier, taboo sex act. But not anymore. Movies such as Fifty Shade of Grey have helped bring the idea of BDSM into mainstream.

 

And that’s led to more and more people realizing they have some BDSM desires, even if small.

BDSM Helps With Relationship Communication

The most notable wrench in most relationships is communication. And that situationw worsens when it comes to sex. And that’s a major issue.

When couples fail to discuss sex, each partner often feels unsatisfied. And this tends to cause affairs and divorces in spades. People are more comfortable telling a stranger their sexual fantasies over a long-term partner who they fear will judge them.

Enter BDSM.

You can’t partake in BDSM without communication, it would be unsafe. You must set safety standards. You must define roles. And when you define roles, you are essentially expressing your very candid sexual persuasions and fantasies.

This communication empowers a couple to deeply explore their inner-most sexual desires. And when that happens, each partner gains a new, enlightened understanding of the other partner’s sexual needs.

BDSM Helps Boost Mental Health

We touched on this in our opening paragraphs, but studies have shown that BDSM helps improve mental health and capacity. During an International Society for Sexual Medicine study, researchers expected to find that BDSM couples were damaged goods. But no, instead they found they were better mentally adjusted than prior.

 

It has to do with security. The BDSM couples began to feel more secure in their relationships. They felt more confidence in their partners. This is what open communication provides for couples – trust and security.

Decreased Stress

Watching BDSM can sure feel stressful. But what about doing BDSM? Not shocking given the point of this article, but BDSM tends to lower stress levels in people.

The reduction in stress levels can be traced to biological effects we experience when we, say, workout intensely. BDSM tends to help manage and lower stress hormones over extended periods of time.

One research experiment showed that both partners in a BDSM study had lower cortisol hormone. Cortisol is our stress, or fight or flight hormone, widely linked to increased general stress. When you have less of it flowing, the better off you are. Well, unless a bear is chasing you, then you need all that cortisol to help you run fast and far.

In Conclusion

BDSM is often misperceived. But times, they are a changing. As more and more mainstream culture feature BDSM in almost normal settings, more people are deciding to explore their own desires and fantasies with trusting partners.