Media, Mind and Body

Wednesday January 31st, 2018

Last week, we learned how binge-watching our favourite T.V. shows can actually affect our brains, and by extension, our health. Who knew! We also found out that what feels good (i.e. dopamine-producing activities) may not always be good for us in the long run.

We all have the opportunity to choose if and when we want to be sexually active. Oftentimes, we turn to popular media and our friends to help us navigate how to make relational and sexual health decisions. However, these sources of information aren’t always accurate. For example, engaging in sexual activity is not necessarily as casual as media portrays.

Let’s dive into another mini biology lesson this week. Along with dopamine, a hormone called oxytocin is released during sexual activity. This hormone is a bonding agent and can cause us to feel more connected to an individual – especially when we are sexually active*.  

In light of this, there is a potential of connecting more deeply with someone you’re sexually active with than media may suggest.

Here are some questions to consider before you become sexually active with someone:

Do I feel fully informed about the decisions I’m making? What (information) am I basing my decision to be sexually active on?

If sexual activity promotes bonding, do I trust the person I’m considering being sexually active with?

*For more information, please see this article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3877159/