It is said that sex is oh-so-good for your health. So how does a juicy sex life do a body good? Check out a few of the surprising perks you can reap from great sex.
The health benefits of sex extend well beyond the bedroom. It turns out that sex is good for you in ways you may never have imagined. There is one caveat, though. There is no concrete evidence to show a direct connection to an all-round good health, but data is mounting when it comes to some specifics. Having sex regularly can do more than make you feel closer to your partner – it can actually make you physically healthier – Dr Hilda Hutcherson, author of ‘Pleasure: A Woman’s Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need and Deserve’.
- Less stress
Having sex could lower your stress and blood pressure. Studies have shown that the release from orgasm does much to calm people. That is because endorphins and oxytocin are released during sex, and these feel-good hormones activate pleasure centres in the brain, which create feelings of intimacy and relaxation, and help fend off anxiety and depression. You do not have to climax to net the effects, but you will get the biggest surge of soothing hormones if you have an orgasm. Just one more reason to shoot for a stellar finish!
- Improves self-esteem
Having self-esteem is important not only for yourself, but for those around you. One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves. Great sex begins with self-esteem. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it. Of course, you do not have to have lots of sex to feel good about yourself. Your self-esteem is all about you, but if you are already feeling good about yourself, a great sex life may help you feel even better!
- Better sleep
It is downright dreamy how an O can lull you to sleep. This is due to the cocktail of hormones that are rushing through your system after an orgasm. The same endorphins and oxytocin that help you de-stress are sleep promoters, which help you get a good night’s sleep.
- Minimises pain
The surge of hormones released after an orgasm can help ease any annoying ache, whether it is a strained back or a head pounder. A study shows that half of female migraine sufferers reported relief after climaxing. This is because endorphins that are released during an orgasm closely resemble morphine, and they effectively relieve pain.
- Fights prostate cancer
Recent research states that men who ejaculate on a regular basis are less likely to develop prostate cancer. The process of ejaculation, which involves the prostate, actually flushes away the products that can lead to cancer.
- Boosts immunity
There is nothing sexy about sneezing, wheezing, or that runny-nose look, but getting hot and bothered can help you avoid coming down with the sniffles. Research has shown that having sex, at least twice a week, has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), which can protect you from getting colds, flu and other infections.
- A more toned bod
Sex counts as exercise, and can burn anywhere from 90 to 250 calories, depending on the length of the session.In fact, cardiologists
consider sexual activity comparable to a modest workout on a treadmill. At the same time, you manage to squeeze in some sculpting as well. What’s there not to love?
- A youthful glow
Ladies, it is time to get busy to get gorgeous. In a study conducted at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, those who were enjoying lots of nooky with their partner – four times a week on average – were perceived to be seven to 10 years younger than their actual age! Regular sex promotes the release of hormones, including testosterone and oestrogen, which can keep the body looking young and vital.
And there you have it! What are some other health benefits of sex you know of? Leave us a comment down below.