Honestly, kissing is weird. Why do we do it? Who started it? What made them decide it was a good idea? Putting two lips together with another human being is bizarre on many levels, but for some reason, it’s society’s way of having fun and connecting with a person romantically and emotionally. But even though it can be so weird, kissing is also fun. It can feel young and innocent, or super romantic. It can happen anywhere – on a date, at school, in a car. As long as you’re with someone you feel comfortable with, kissing can be a great thing. You get to feel close to a person you like (or love) and it can be awesome. It can also be… strange. Some surprising things can happen when you kiss someone, and I’m not just talking about that butterfly feeling.
In addition to being awesome, the act of kissing can do a lot of weird things to your body. It affects you physically and mentally. Did you know being on your period can affect how you kiss? How weird is that?! The human body is amazing (and scary) sometimes, guys. Here are some weird things that happen when you kiss someone – these might be in the back of your mind the next time you’re making out with someone, just as a warning. Sorry!
Your Muscles Get A WorkoutWhen you're in a particularly intense make out session, you can use up to 34 facial muscles. But it doesn't stop in your face: you can also use 112 other muscles when locking lips. Next time you want exercise, skip the gym and call up your bae. Image Source: iStock
Your Breath Might Smell Bad If You're On Your PeriodMaking out is fun, but it might get a little uncomfortable when you're on your period. Studies show that the changes in your hormones during your menstrual cycle can make your saliva taste funky. As if getting your period wasn't awful enough. Image Source: iStock
You Put Yourself At Risk For Certain DiseasesWhile a lot of STD's are transmitted through sex, certain diseases like Herpes and HPV can also be spread through saliva. Even if you've never had sex, getting testing for STD's is still important! Image Source: iStock
You Swap MicrobesA microbe is a type of bacteria. Your body naturally has a lot of bacteria, and when you are making out, you are swapping spit and sharing that bacteria. In fact, when you kiss, over 80 million microbes can be transferred in just one tongue kiss. Yuck! The good news is that most of the bacteria is completely harmless. Image Source: iStock
You Could Get SweatyYou know when you're nervous about something and your palms get all clammy? That's normal. Kissing triggers adrenaline, which can make your body do a bunch of weird stuff like breathe heavily or get sweaty. Here's a tip: try to kiss your crush in a well-air conditioned room. Your body will be grateful. Image Source: iStock
You Could Get A Little ObsessedWhether you have been dating for a while or jut met, sometimes you it can't get your kissing partner out of your brain. There is a reason for this: kissing releases serotonin, which can make you feel happy, but may also trigger the feeling of obsession. But it could also keep you and your SO closer, which can create a strong bond between you two. Image Source: iStock
Your Immune System Might Get StrongerThere are a lot of surprising health benefits to kissing. One study found that the bacteria you share while kissing actuallyhelps your body to build up immunity to certain types of microbes. This can help your body fight off certain diseases and keep you healthy. Now you definitely should not be kissing someone with the flu, because you probably will catch it. Just be careful! Image Source: iStock
Which of these facts surprised you? Which did you already know? Tell us in the comments!