Not only does sex just feel amazing, but it’s beneficial for your health too! Regular sex is a factor in many aspects of your physical well being, not to mention bolstering self-esteem and reducing stress levels. Here’s 9 and A Half Reasons Why Sex is Good For Your Health:
Studies show that people who have sex at least once or twice a week have significantly higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA), which is your body’s first line of defense.
This may explain why people who get regular nookie pull fewer sickies.
2. Healthy Heart
One study revealed that men who get regular sex are 45% less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who get laid once a month or less.
Sexual action not only provides many of the same benefits to your heart as exercise but also keeps levels of estrogen and testosterone in balance, which is key for heart health.
3. Blood Pressure
Sexual activity, and specifically intercourse, is linked to better stress response and lower blood pressure.
4. It’s a Form of Exercise
Sex helps to boost your heart rate, burn calories and strengthen muscles, just like a regular work out. In fact, research recently revealed that sex burns about 4 calories a minute for men and 3 for women, making it a ‘significant’ form of exercise. It can also help you to maintain your flexibility and balance, depending on your choice of positions…
5. Pain Relief
Sex releases pain-reducing hormones and has been found to help reduce or block back and leg pain, as well as pain from menstrual cramps, arthritis and headaches. One study even found that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache, so that puts at least one excuse not to get jiggy to bed.
6. May Help Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer
Research has shown that men who ejaculate at least 21 times a month (during sex or masturbation) have a lower risk of prostate cancer. Though this is still currently being investigated I personally think blowing your load at least 21 times a month is a small price to pay, you know, just to be on the safe side.
7. Improve Sleep
After sex, the relaxation-inducing hormone prolactin is released, which may/always help you to nod off more quickly. The “love hormone” oxytocin, released during orgasm, also promotes sleep.
8. Stress Relief
Sex triggers your body to release its natural feel-good chemicals, helping to ease stress and boost pleasure, calm and self-esteem. Research also shows that those who have sex responded better when subjected to stressful situations like speaking in public. Get your zen on people.
9. Boost Your Libido
The more often you have sex, the more likely you are to want to keep doing it. There’s a mental connection there but also a physical one, particularly for women. More frequent sex helps to increase vaginal lubrication, blood flow and elasticity, which in turn make sexual activity more enjoyable.
And a Half… Improved Bladder Control in Women
Shagging helps to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which contract during orgasm. This can help women to improve their bladder control and avoid incontinence. You can boost this benefit even more by getting her to squeeeeeze during sex.