The Many Benefits Of Sex

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The benefits of sex are many. Sex is good for the body and the soul. Both sexes benefit from having sex, though sometimes in different ways.

Healthy sex life is important for any relationship. It is therefore important to nurture this part of your relationship… and it is good for you too.

Having sex not only makes us feel good about ourselves, it can help us to relax and reduce stress and as such lower our blood pressure. It makes us feel closer to our partners and may prevent us from getting various diseases. Having sex may ease depression and help you to sleep better.

The Health Benefits Of Sex

Sex is important for both our physical and psychological wellbeing. Of course, you can be happy and healthy without having sex but numbers of studies have shown various health benefits of sex.

There is also lot of unfounded claims around but we all know that healthy sex life has many benefits. Sex can make us feel better, help us to relax, reduce stress, make us feel closer to our partner and help us to sleep better.

Sex can also make us feel worse, e.g. if in a destructive relationship or when doing things in bed that we are not comfortable doing. We can even contract serious sexually transmitted diseases (STD) if we practice unsafe sex.

The bottom line is that sex can be good for our physical and psychological wellbeing. This article touches on 10 Surprising Health Benefits Of Sex Opens in new window symbol and looks at the evidence for each (though not always conclusive):

Less Stress, Better Blood Pressure

One small sex benefit study showed that people responded better to stress after having sexual intercourse. Another study showed that diastolic blood pressure tends to be lower in people that live together and have sex often.

Sex Boosts Immunity

One study showed those that had sex once or twice a week to have higher levels of IgA, an antibody that can protect you from getting colds and other infections.

Sex Burns Calories

Sex is a form of exercise though it is maybe not the biggest calorie burner. It is estimated that thirty minutes of sexual activity burns around 85 calories.

Sex Improves Heart Health

One study (over twenty years) showed that men that had sex at least twice a week were half as likely to have fatal heart attack than men that had sex less than once a month. It also found no link between how often men had sex and how likely they were to have a stroke.

Better Self-Esteem

One sex benefit study identified 237 reasons why people have sex and to boost the self-esteem was one of them.

Deeper Intimacy

The hormone oxytocin is often called the love hormone as it helps us to bond and build trust and be more generous towards other people. Having sex boosts the hormone levels of oxytocin, making us more loving (intimate).

Sex May Turn Down Pain

Oxytocin also boosts our endorphins level, i.e. our body's natural painkillers. One small study let people inhale oxytocin and found it cut their pain threshold by more than half.

More Ejaculations May Make Prostate Cancer Less Likely

Research has shown that frequent ejaculations may lower the risk of getting prostate cancer later in life.

Stronger Pelvic Floor Muscles

Stronger pelvic floor muscles are not only beneficial for women. Men with erectile dysfunction can also benefit from doing pelvic floor muscle exercises (PFME) or Kegel exercise.

Better Sleep

The oxytocin released during orgasm helps you to fall asleep and sleep better. Yes, this is the reason many of us feel sleepy immediately after having sex. We just can't help it.

Many other health benefits of sex have been claimed, rightly or wrongly. Sex may help ease depression, aid weight loss, heightened the sense of smell... swallowing semen may even have some benefits, like slowing tooth decay.

There is no question about it... there are many very good reasons for having sex on regular basis.