Healthy benefits of regular sex

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Healthy benefits of regular sex

Sex and sexuality are a part of life. Sex is not only pleasurable; do you know it's also good for you? It's true. Aside from reproduction, pleasure, and intimacy, sex seems to have a positive impact on many life areas, including work, physical and cognitive performance, marriage, and happiness into our senior years. Sex may also have a positive effect on certain organs and conditions, as well as a preventive effect on some diseases.

Studies have found that regular sex can do way more than make us feel warm and fuzzy.

For healthy, consenting adults, sex can be great or even mind-blowing. But getting busy with a partner can also have some legit benefits beyond our brainwaves.

So, read on to get some other health benefits of having regular sex.

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  • The sexually active rodents experienced an increase in neurons in the hippocampus - a part of the brain that stores memories.

  • Sex improves cardiovascular health. A recent study says that men who have sex more than twice a week, have a lesser risk of getting a heart attack, than men who had sex less than once a month.

  • Participating in sex one to two times per week appears to be the optimum frequency to boost the immune system.

  • Sex is good for the heart. Around 30 minutes in the bedroom increases your pulse rate and helps keep your ticker fighting fit. This is because sex is a good form of exercise.

  • A hug keeps tension away. Embracing someone special can lower blood pressure.

  • Sex can be a stress buster. Sex could help you beat the stress. Plenty of people find that intimacy or orgasm without penetration helps them feel relaxed, as do exercise or meditation.

  • More sex equals fewer sick days. Sex boosts your body's ability to make protective antibodies against bacteria, viruses, and other germs that cause common illnesses.

  • Having sex actually boosts desire.

  • Pain and vaginal dryness make it challenging for some women to have sex, sexual activity can help combat these problems.

  • Sex boosts vaginal lubrication, blood flow to the vagina, and elasticity of the tissues, all of which make for better, more pleasurable sex and heightened libido.

  • People who had frequent sex - one to two times a week - had more immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva. People who had infrequent sex - less than once a week - had significantly less IgA.

  • Men who ejaculate more than 10 times per month, compared with those who do so four to seven times per month, were 20 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer.

  • Good sex is like a workout for pelvic floor muscles. When having an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.

  • Sex improves overall physical fitness.

  • During and after sex, the brain releases powerful hormones (including norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin), which can trigger the urge to cuddle or just pass out. It improves sleep.

  • Promotes longevity When one has an orgasm, a hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone is released. This improves immunity, repairs tissue and keeps the skin healthy.

  • Sex increases blood circulation, because your heart rate increases when you have sex, fresh blood is supplied to your organs and cells.

  • Sexual activity can relieve head pain associated with a migraine or cluster headache. Sex triggering to release of endorphins is the mechanism behind the pain relief. Endorphins are the body's natural painkillers and are released through the central nervous system, which can reduce or eliminate pain the experienced with a headache.

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  • Frequent ejaculation reduces damage to sperm. This happens because the longer the sperm stays in the testes, the more chance there is of its DNA becomes damaged.

  • It could be that people who feel healthier have more sex, but there seems to be a link between sexual activity and your sense of wellbeing.

  • Sex can help you sleep better. That's because orgasm stimulates the release of a hormone called prolactin, a natural sleep aid. Prolactin promotes feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.

  • Sex helps to burn about 108 calories per half hour! That's enough to burn off 3, 570 calories - that's a little more than the number of calories in one pound - in 32 half-hour sessions.


 

Sex can help you connect to your partner, thanks to oxytocin. Oxytocin can play a role in developing relationships. You may find that consistent, mutual sexual pleasure helps with bonding within a relationship.



 

Stock photo from Antonio Guillem