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What Is ‘Post-Nut Clarity’? Sex Term Explained

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What Is ‘Post-Nut Clarity’? Sex Term Explained

While everyone experiences sex in different ways, one term to describe the after-effects of an orgasm is “post-nut clarity”. 

The term is often thrown around by men, but what exactly is “post-nut clarity”? And can women experience it, too?

Tyla has spoken to both a clinical sexologist and a clinical psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist to weigh in on the subject, and debunk “post-nut clarity” for good.

Here’s all the info you need to know about “post-nut clarity”:

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What is ‘post-nut clarity’?

Urban Dictionary explains that “post-nut clarity” is “the immediate clear mindedness or soberness an individual gains after orgasming”, or “busting a nut” - hence the name. 

The experience “can be achieved via pre-bating (masturbating before a date/ encounter to reduce sexual urges),” the site also notes.

The term has been used widely in recent years to describe the excuses people make after sleeping with someone they regret, or are no longer interested in after having sex with them.

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Urban Dictionary explains that “post-nut clarity” is “the immediate clear mindedness or soberness an individual gains after orgasming”, or “busting a nut” - hence the name (Hayley Maxwell).
Urban Dictionary explains that “post-nut clarity” is “the immediate clear mindedness or soberness an individual gains after orgasming”, or “busting a nut” - hence the name (Hayley Maxwell).

The term is even used to describe the feeling of shame some people experience after watching porn, once they are brought back to reality.

It's also important to note that, while use of the term is more popular among men, women can actually experience "post-nut clarity", too.

Is ‘post-nut clarity’ real?

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Yes, “post-nut clarity” is a real thing, according to clinical sexologist Ness Cooper.

“Some individuals do experience post-orgasm clarity, but it’s not fully clear as to why some do and others don’t,” Cooper, who works as a sex and relationship coach at www.thesexconsultant.com says.

"Post-nut clarity” is a real thing, according to clinical sexologist Ness Cooper (We-Vibes Toys).
"Post-nut clarity” is a real thing, according to clinical sexologist Ness Cooper (We-Vibes Toys).

However, clinical psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist Jordan Dixon doesn’t believe “post-nut clarity” is real. 

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“For me, this is a moral panic and perpetuates myths around men just wanting to f*** and run,” Dixon, who works at The Thought House Partnership, explains.

“When we delight in pleasure, our senses are awakened, whether that’s in partnered sex or masturbation. Sex is such a sensory process, [rather than] cognitive,” she continues.

“This sensory awakening in what I call our ‘body brains’ can be gorgeous as it can help us become purely present, leaving our cognitive brains and worries behind.”

What is the science behind ‘post-nut clarity’?

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While orgasms may not make you into a rocket scientist, the hormones which are released during arousal may make you feel foggy - therefore, post-orgasm, you may be able to think more clearly. 

Cooper explains how “after sex, our bodies release a mixture of hormones from prolactin, oxytocin, testosterone, and dopamine, and these help active different areas of the brain and can make some [people] think differently about things they may have on their mind before orgasm.”

Dixon similarly notes how “pleasure gives our brain a whole cocktail of gorgeous chemicals and endorphins which makes us feel good, relaxed and happy, and that can gift us with clarity.”

Do you need ‘post-nut clarity’ to realise whether or not you’re into a sexual partner?

Although “post-nut clarity” can help to clear your mind, it is not perhaps the best gauge of whether or not you’re interested in a sexual or romantic partner.

Although the feeling you achieve after orgasm “is a way more useful state of being in for making decisions, I don’t think this clarity is achieved just in sex,” Dixon explains.

“A lot of people who do sporting activities and creative pursuits where they are able to empty the mind and transcend into a flow are gifted with the same feelings of clarity,” Dixon says.

Cooper also notes that “post-nut clarity isn’t just about relationship decisions, but other forms of decision making”, too.

“It’s where someone’s thinking becomes clearer after sex. It’s not to be confused with post-coital/orgasm sadness, where sometimes we start to doubt our sexual engagement after it happened even if it was pleasurable during the interaction.”

Although “post-nut clarity” can help to clear your mind, it is not perhaps the best gauge of whether or not you’re interested in a sexual or romantic partner ( Mahrael Boutros).
Although “post-nut clarity” can help to clear your mind, it is not perhaps the best gauge of whether or not you’re interested in a sexual or romantic partner ( Mahrael Boutros).

Cooper also explains that typically, “men may experience post-nut clarity more [than women], due to women having fewer orgasms”. Essentially, the orgasm-gap could be responsible for the lack of “post-orgasm side effects”. Who knew!

Rather than relying on your “post-nut clarity” to do the mental work for you when entering into a new relationship, Dixon suggests “some self-reflection which can help determine if we are that human who tends to get easily emotionally attached to new partners”. 

“If we are, I invite those to consider exercising some caution during new sexual encounters, because our brain chemistry could be messing with our ability to discern if this person is a good match for them.”

And if you are somebody who doesn’t experience “post-nut clarity” at all, know that there is nothing wrong with you. We’re all wired differently! As long as the sex you’re experiencing is safe and consensual, that’s all that matters.

Featured Image Credit: Malvestida Magazine

Topics: Sex and Relationships, TikTok, Science

Gabriella Ferlita
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