The Benefits of Having Sex
The benefits of sex extend beyond the bedroom. Sex not only feels good, it is good for what ails you. This article discusses what a healthy sex life has to offer.
Sex Acts as an Immune System Booster
A sexual health expert, Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD, tells us people who are sexually active take fewer sick days. Sex increases the level of body defenders against viruses, germs, and other intruders. A study done by Pennsylvania’s Wilkes University concluded that students having sex one or two times a week had levels of a certain antibody that were higher than students having sex less often.
Sex Boosts the Libido
Lauren Streicher, MD, an assistant clinical professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, reports sex gets better and the libido improves when practices on a regular basis. Sex increases vagina elasticity, blood flow, and lubrication. All of these factors make sex feel better and cause women to crave more sex.
Sex Improves Bladder Control in Women
Nearly 30 percent of women have incontinence issues at some point in their lives. It can be avoided with a strong pelvic floor. Good sex is a pelvic floor muscle workout. Orgasm contractions strengthen those muscles.
Sex Lowers Blood Pressure
A link between lower blood pressure and sex has been suggested by the medical director and CEO of Amai Wellness, Joseph J. Pinzone, MD. One of the many studies found that sexual intercourse lowered systolic blood pressure. Systolic pressure is the upper number reported in a blood pressure reading display. Results of sexual intercourse differ from masturbation.
Sex Can Be Considered Exercise
Sex is a great form of exercise. It may not replace the treadmill, but it does burn calories. Sex uses five more calories per minute than watching television. It bumps up the heart rate and makes use of various muscles. Like exercise, sex on a consistent basis maximizes the benefits.
Sex Adds Body Tone
The American Journal of Cardiology published a study that said cardiologist consider sexual activity comparable to a modest treadmill workout. Thrust during sex gives thighs, butt, back, and ab muscles a workout.
Sex Lowers the Risk of Heart Attack
Sex is good for the heart. It raises the heart rate and keeps testosterone and estrogen levels in balance. An imbalance in either of those hormones has an impact on osteoporosis and heart disease. A study has shown men having sex a minimum of two times per week were 50 percent less likely to die from heart disease than men who rarely had sex.
Sex Is a Pain Reliever
Barry R. Komisaruk MD – author of The Science of Orgasm, a Rutgers, State University of New Jersey distinguished service professor says orgasms can block pain. A hormone is released that helps raise the pain threshold. Even without orgasm, vaginal stimulation can block chronic leg and back pain. Women have reported that masturbation reduces arthritic pain, menstrual cramps, and some headaches.
Sex Increases the Threshold of Pain
Sexual orgasm and excitement for both men and women increases the threshold of pain. Both become less sensitive to and less likely to experience pain.
Sex May Reduce the Probability of Prostate Cancer
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that revealed men who ejaculate a minimum of 21 per month were less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Masturbation, nocturnal emissions, and sexual intercourse all produce beneficial results. To be perfectly clear, it should be noted sex was not declared the sole reason. Many factors affect the risk of cancer, but sex does not cause cancer and seems to fight against it.
Sex Improves How Well You Sleep
There is good reason for nodding off quickly after sex. The hormone, prolactin, responsible for feelings of sleepiness and relaxation, is released after orgasm. A West Hollywood, CA psychiatrist, Sheenie Ambardar, MD provides this information.
Sex Eases Stress
Closeness with a partner soothes anxiety and stress. Dr. Ambardar says hugging and touching release the body’s ‘feel-good hormone.’ The brain’s reward and pleasure system gets a boost from a brain chem released during sexual arousal.
Sex Boosts Self-Esteem
Intimacy and sex also boost happiness and self-esteem. When sex puts a smile on the faces of the participants, the reaction is a signal of a fun experience and a successful attempt to please each other. Those feelings provide a sense of confidence, proficiency, desirability, and attractiveness; all of which elevate self-esteem.
Sex Elevates Mood and Reduces Depression
A University of New York study shows exposure to semen helps with mood and depression. Women who do not use condoms reported fewer suicidal thoughts and depressive symptoms and better moods than those using condoms. The theory is vaginal tissues is absorptive, and semen contains mood-elevating chemicals such as prolactin, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Sex is a jolt to the system.
Sex Produces Glowing Skin
A post-coital glow makes for a temporary brighter complexion. There are also longer-lasting benefits. An orgasm triggers growth hormones and endorphins such as DHEA that help damage caused by cortisol buildup, smoking, and the sun heal. A Scottish study revealed that having sex every other day produces a dramatic younger look. Some say the lucky individuals look seven to 12 years younger than their counterparts.
Sex Has a Positive Impact on Acne
Sex balances hormone levels which promote clearer skin. Sex can replace miracle pills and acne treatments.
Sex Hydrates Skin
As sex improves circulation, the body is given the moisture needed to stay healthy. Sweaty sex acts as a facial for the skin. Excess dirt is expelled from the pores as lovers sweat.
Sex Builds Stronger Relationships
Researchers at the University of North Carolina and the University of Pittsburgh conducted research on 59 couples. They found the highest levels of oxytocin in couples who engaged in consistent loving physical contact. While kissing or having sex, oxytocin is released. It is the hormone that creates the urge to bond and merge. The desire to hold each other and cuddle after sex is caused by oxytocin.
Sex Prevents Cheating
In 2012, German researchers conducted an experiment that tested the power of oxytocin. The hypothesis was high doses would cause men to consider relationships with someone other than their significant other. A group of heterosexual men were given oxytocin and introduced to very attractive women. Subjects were asked to determine when the woman was at an uncomfortable distance or an ideal distance. Those in the group who were in monogamous relationships distanced themselves approximately four to six inches further than those who were single. The researchers changed their hypothesis to oxytocin compelling coupled men to cling tighter to bonds formed with their significant others.
Sex Increase the Longevity of Life
A study done in Australia in 1977 found that men who had sex two or more times each week are 50 percent less likely to die than men who have sex less than once per month. Those statistics include any cause of death. The results were the same when high blood pressure, smoking, social class, and coronary heart disease were taken into account. Infidelity seems to increase the risk of heart disease. Sudden death by sex is a rarity. When it does occur, there is a 75 percent probability of an extramarital affair.
Sex Improves with Age
As people enter old age they are more likely to enjoy sex more than they did when they were younger. The American Journal of Medicine published the results of a study that showed sexual satisfaction increases with age. The University of California researchers studied 806 women who lived in a planned community home. All were postmenopausal, with a median age of 67. Nearly half of the subjects over the age of 80 reported sexual satisfaction as always or almost always.
Sex Lowers the Odds of Genital Dryness in Women
Postmenopausal women sometimes experience treatable genital dryness. When the dryness improves, sex two to three times per week prevents GD by increasing blood flow that keeps improving vaginal elasticity and lubrication.
Sex Improves Mental Acuity
Sex causes enhanced flow of blood to the body which includes increased flow to the brain. It delivers an extra glucose boost that the brain uses as energy.
Sex Helps Men Focus
Two partners focusing on achieving female orgasm is a practice referred to as orgasmic meditation. Men have claimed receiving health benefits by pleasuring a woman. An article published in the New York Times reported a man confessing that attention to a tiny spot on the body of a woman improved his concentration at work.
Sex Has Positive Impacts on the Menstrual Cycle
When orgasm occurs the uterus contracts and rids the body of compounds that cause cramping. Increased uterine contractions help expel tissue and blood more quickly, which helps end a period faster. Sex has shown to decreases endometriosis risk. The discovery was made by the Yale University School of Medicine.
Sex Increases Fertility
Fertility doctors have recommended abstaining from sex for 8 to 72 hours. However, some research has found that abstaining for more than a week has a negative effect on sperm movement and shape. Daily sex reduces the sperm count only in men who have a borderline sperm count to start with. Having sex more frequently actually increases the chance of getting pregnant.
Sex Makes Labor and Delivery Easier
Orgasm increases the pelvic floor contractions which helps strengthen muscles needed for labor and delivery. Strengthening those muscles after a baby is pushed through is also easier.
Sex Prevents Pregnancy Complications
A Danish study reveals frequent sex may aid in the prevention of pre-eclampsia. It is believed the protein contained in sperm can regulate the immune system of the body. The cause of pre-eclampsia remains a mystery. Keeping prenatal visits and talking to the doctor about risk is important.
Sex Helps Reduce the Need for Pregnant Women to Urinate Frequently
The author of Getting the Sex You Want, Tammy Nelson, PhD, says the same muscles that are strengthened for labor also help with urine flow. Those who are pregnant or suffer incontinence make frequent bathroom visits and leak when they laugh or sneeze. Strengthened pelvic floor muscles help with those issues.
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