Love is as strong as morphine. No, really it is — at least according to researchers at Stanford University. Study subjects who all identified as being in the passionate, early stages of a relationship were shown photos of their partners while hooked up to an MRI. Their brain scans showed "activity in parts of the brain that are also triggered by morphine and cocaine." Even more amazingly, when the same subjects received mild pain via hot probes on their palms, looking at those pictures could reduce moderate pain by forty-five percent and intense pain by twelve percent. It's official — love is the new Advil.
According to Jared Younger, who lead the study,
"Love-induced analgesia is much more associated with the reward centers. It appears to involve more primitive aspects of the brain, activating deep structures that may block pain at a spinal level: similar to how opioid analgesics work."
So the next time you get a headache, grab your partner for a romp in the sack. But remember while love (or lust) might make you impervious to pain, it does not make you impervious to STDs.