Check Out 12 Health Benefits Of Having Regular Sex
According to Dr. Irwin Goldstein , Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, if you read the latest research, “you can’t
conclude anything else but that it’s healthy to have sexual activity.”
1.Fights colds and the flu
According to a study done at Wilkes University, people who have sex a couple of times a week tend to have much higher
amounts of the antibody immunoglobulin A (IgA) than those who have sex less than once a week. What does that mean? “IgA
is the first line of defense against colds and flu,” says Carl Charnetski, one of the researchers on the Wilkes study.
Sex increases blood flow and gets your heart pumping. Simply put, sex is a form of exercise, and it’s more fun than running
laps. Sex doesn’t burn a ton of calories. According to a 2013 article in The New England Journal of Medicine, a man in his
mid-30s might expend 21 kilocalories during intercourse. However, it’s still more exercise than you’d get sitting on the couch in
front of your TV.
3.Reduces risk of heart disease
Numerous studies have shown that an active sex life is closely correlated with a longer life. Specifically, it seems like sex may
lower the risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other heart diseases. In 2010, the New England Research Institute conducted a
massive study. Its results suggested that regular sexual activity may reduce heart disease risk.
4.Regulates hormone levels
Why should you care? Among other things, a healthy hormone profile promotes regular menstrual cycles and decreases
negative menopause symptoms.
5.Can cure headaches and reduce physical pain
Although it doesn’t seem like sex would help relieve a headache, it actually can. How? During sex, the hormone oxytocin is
released in your body. Oxytocin reduces pain. In a study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine,
volunteers who inhaled oxytocin vapor and then had their fingers pricked felt only half as much pain as others who did not
inhale any oxytocin.
6.Reduces stress and lowers blood pressure
There is another benefit of the oxytocin released during orgasm: it calms the nerves. Studies done on lab rats have shown
that oxytocin counteracts the effects of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Sex also helps you sleep better. When your
partner rolls over and starts snoring after a good bout in the bed, it’s not just from physical exhaustion. Oxytocin not only
calms you down, but it also specifically promotes sleep.
7.Reduces risk for prostate cancer
In 2003, Australian researchers published a study showing that the more often men ejaculate between the ages of 20 and 50,
the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer. According to the author of the study, men in their 20s should probably be
ejaculating once a day. A similar study performed a year later by the National Cancer Institute showed that men who
ejaculated at least five times a week, whether through sex or masturbation, were less likely to get prostate cancer. “The claim
physiologically,” Goldstein told us, “is that if you empty out the tank every so often, it’s healthier than holding onto the
material within the tank.”
8.Reduces risk for B.reast cancer
Women can get in on this sex-as-preventive-care thing too. According to Goldstein, studies show that “women who have
vaginal intercourse often have less risk of B.reast cancer than those who don’t.” Goldstein added that it’s “pretty interesting
and exciting and needs to be studied more.”
9.Boosts self-esteem and improves mood
The psychological benefits of a healthy sex life are many. The feeling of walking around on cloud nine after sex lasts longer
than you think. According to Goldstein, a healthy sex life leads to long-term satisfaction with one’s mental health and
enhances your ability to communicate honestly and intimately. People who are sexually active are less likely to have
alexithymia. This is a personality trait characterized by the inability to express or understand emotions.
Preeclampsia is a fairly common condition in which hypertension arises during pregnancy. A number of studies have shown
that if a woman has had enough exposure to her partner’s semen prior to conception, she is significantly less likely to get
preeclampsia. Tests conducted by Dutch biologists in 2000 confirmed that women who regularly practice 0ral sex —
particularly those who swallow their partner’s semen — have a much lower risk of preeclampsia.
11.Improves sense of smell
Scientists knew for a long time that the hormone prolactin surges in both men and women after orgasm. In 2003, a team of
Canadian researchers did a test on mice. They discovered that prolactin causes stem cells in the brain to develop new
neurons in the brain’s olfactory bulb — its smell center. Dr. Samuel Weiss, one of the researchers, said that he suspects that
the increase in prolactin levels after sex helps “forge memories that are part of mating behaviors.”
12.Increases bladder control
The pelvic thrusting involved in sex exercises the Kegel muscles. These are the same set of muscles that controls urine flow.
So lots of sex now may help prevent the onset of incontinence later.