Sex is not only pleasurable; did you know it’s also good for you? It’s true. The benefits of sex actually range from diminishing stress levels to lowering your risk of illnesses, including cancer risks, and stabilizing or lowering blood pressure. It also helps by raising dopamine levels, both during (and after) orgasm. Sex also enhances bonding and feelings of intimacy with your partner. This kind of connectedness does more than make you feel exceptional; it actually reduces anxiety and boosts your health in many ways. Gain a stronger immune system and better sleep. Action in the bedroom can help you get all of this and more…
1. Boost Your Immune System
More sex equals less illness! That’s what the results of scientific studies say. Actually, participating in sex boosts your body’s ability to make protective antibodies to curb viruses, bacteria and other nasties that cause common illnesses. Add into the mix the process of eating well, exercising, proper sleep, and keeping up-to-date with maintaining stress levels is key, too. Sex is one part of a greater whole for immunity.
2. Increase Your Libido
Believe it or not, the best antidote for a decreased libido is to have sexual intercourse. Having sex actually increases desire. In fact, vaginal dryness might make it painful or negate some women to have sex, and so sexual activity can help combat these problems. Having intercourse boosts vaginal lubrication, the flow of blood to the vagina, and may help with the elasticity of the tissues, all of which will help sex and aid a heightened libido. Prostate massagers can help too, if you think you’d like to add these into the mix as part of foreplay or to enjoy between sexual sessions for the male counterpart.
3. Improved Bladder Control in Women
Did you know that incontinence (urinary) affects about 30% of women at some point in their lives? And having orgasms as much as possible (or at least regularly) helps to work the pelvic floor muscles and is great at strengthening and toning them. Orgasms will actually activate the same muscles that women use when doing Kegel exercises. Having stronger pelvic muscles means there’s less risk of urine issues.
4. Blood Pressure Lowering
Sex can help you to lower it! Yes, many studies have documented a link between sex with regards to lowering systolic blood pressure. That’s a great add-on to lifestyle factors and/or other strategies to get blood pressure into a healthy range for the long term. Sex may be a useful addition, with other lifestyle additions being at the forefront as well, with diet and exercise being examples.
5. It Really is Exercise
Like every type of physical activity, sex burns calories as well. Yay, that’s great news, right? And what better way to get that daily exercise regime happening. Additionally, sex increases your heart rate and uses nearly all of the muscle groups, burning approximately 5 calories every single minute. Wow, that’s impressive. Regular sex is a pleasurable way to get some extra physical activity into your day it seems.
7. Alleviates Pain
Erotic stimulation like sexual intercourse, solo masturbation and foreplay (progressing to orgasm) can help to keep pain at bay. All of these pleasurable activities can reduce pain sensation and increase the threshold of pain. Actually, orgasms release hormones that can help to block pain signals. Some women say masturbation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritis and even migraines and headaches. For men and women, though, the release of dopamine means that you can feel good for longer and this includes the pain center or threshold being affected positively.
8. Sleep Sounder
Sex can help you sleep very well. Having an orgasm simulates the release of a hormone known as prolactin; a brilliant sleep aide. Prolactin also promotes feelings of sleepiness and relaxation, too. So falling asleep after having sex will usually be easier (especially for men) no pun intended, but it’s quite often the case as many partners will testify.
9. Stress Reliever
Sex is a great stress reliever! Yes, hugging, touching, bonding, enjoying intimacy (and emotional connection) can help to stimulate the release of substances which promote calmness and unbelievable attachment to the other person in a healthy way. Adding sex with intimacy can help to relieve anxiety and depression too, and also boost overall health in terms of lowering blood pressure, reducing heart attack probability and lowering the prostate cancer risk in men.
10. Prostate Cancer Reduction Risk
One study showed that males who had regular ejaculations (over 20 times a month) were less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who had less instances of ejaculations. This means that masturbation and sexual intercourse can help to play a part in the lowering of this disease’s prevalence as a statistical measure. Sex can be so beneficial it seems. Oh yes, and masturbation.