Nasal congestion? There's an easy solution for that...for guys (and maybe girls).

Did anyone else notice the excessive sniffling in class today? Yeah, that start-of-school cold is certainly in full swing right now. You know what sucks about colds? Nasal congestion. I think most people would agree that if they could get rid of one symptom of their colds, it would be that.

This solution in the study I found is only described in terms of men, but there's a possibility it works for women, too.

Some guys probably already know this. Want to get rid of your congestion? Masturbate.

You thought I was going to put up a x-rated picture? (source)

The 2009 study done by Sina Zarrintan suggests that this works because the genitals and the nasal passages are connected to the sympathetic nervous system, ejaculation will cause the blood vessels in both the scrotum and the nasal passages to constrict. Because nasal congestion is caused by inflammation of the nasal passages, this would effectively clear up your nose. It's worth noting that this is just a hypothesis with no clinical trials done yet, but I think we can safely assume that Sina had a...erm...reason to think this hypothesis was worth writing about.

The obvious drawback of this is that, well, you can't masturbate (or have sex, for that matter, since what you need achieve is orgasm) whenever or wherever you want, and the amount of time that this method relieves your congestion varies from person to person. It's also worth noting that the relief is only temporary, so don't get rid of your sudafed.

Unless you have a religious reason, there's no reason not to try it out. It certainly doesn't hurt. The study doesn't say anything about female orgasm relieving nasal congestion, but I don't see why it wouldn't so long as a female's genitals are also connected to the sympathetic nervous system.


That's a very strange and interesting way of clearing up a stuffy nose. If you want an inexpensive and immediate relief when you are in public, one option that has never failed me is by
massaging at the corner of your nostrils, earlobes, and below the corner of your eyes 10 times each and repeat the steps three more times. This may not work for everyone so an easy at home method is mixing 1 tablespoon of warm water and a pinch of salt together. After these contents are mixed, you place a few droplets into each nostril and all should be clear! That link also provides a few other techniques that should help clear everything up! :) I was unable to find any links that opposed your topic so this should be an interesting cold season for all the fellas (and maybe ladies).

Well, this certainly wins the "most interesting post" award so far IMO haha

I'm not entirely sure how to further this conversation aside from adding another, more public-friendly method for relieving nasal congestion. The method I prefer is also pressure-based, similar to Maya's.

1) Apply a pressured massage where your nose is between your eyes for about 20 seconds.
2)After the sinus massage, apply pressure to the top of your mouth with your tongue for another 20 seconds.
3)Lastly, stop applying pressure with your tongue and gently massage by the tips of your nose while swallowing.

The 3 varied spots of pressure work to break up and move around the gunk in your sinuses and the swallowing then offers a brief, larger pressure change that allows the mucus to drain down your throat (gross, but better than being congested, right?)

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