10 Amazing Benefits of SEX
Ten Amazing Benefits of a Great Sex Life
- Sex enhances self-esteem.
University of Texas researchers determined that sex can elevate self-esteem. People with healthy self-esteem often discover that sex helps them feel more loving and connected with their partners, which increases desire and further raises self-esteem.
- Sex relieves stress.
Stress reduction is a major benefit of having a healthy sexual relationship. It also can lower blood pressure, according to researchers from Scotland. When people are subjected to stress, those who enjoy regular healthy sex have better physical and emotional responses than those who do not have regular sex. Even hugs and non-sexual affection lower blood pressure and stress levels.
- Sex reduces pain.
A wonderful hormone called oxytocin circulates in our bodies during sex. Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter for the brain secreted by the pituitary gland and released during orgasm. Along with oxytocin comes an endorphin release, which helps to reduce pain. Women often report that their fibromyalgia, neck pain, headaches, arthritis, or PMS improve dramatically with sex. A study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine tested 48 subjects who inhaled oxytocin and then had their fingers pricked. Their pain threshold was lowered by half. Instead of turning a cold shoulder to your partner, sex may be the answer to your headache!
- Sex improves heart health.
Many men and some women are concerned that they may have a heart attack during sex and are often too worried to enjoy it. According to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology, having frequent sex was not associated with increased incidence of stroke in the 914 men who were followed for 20 years. Scientists also noted that having sex two or more times a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half for all men. This was compared to those who had sex less than once a month. Great news—sex protects your heart!
- Sex improves sleep.
With the rates of insomnia, wakefulness, and impaired sleep sky-rocketing, it’s a relief to know that something pleasurable and good for you can also improve sleep. Hormones released during orgasm promote sounder sleep. Sleep helps you maintain your weight, keep your brain sharp, improve your immunity, and help you have the energy you need for great sex.
- Sex reduces prostate cancer risk.
Men worried about a family history or personal risk of prostate cancer should listen up! Frequent ejaculations for men in their twenties can significantly reduce their risk later in life. For older men, having 21 or more ejaculations monthly were linked to lower prostate risk compared to men who ejaculate four to seven times a month.
- Sex improves intimacy.
What the world needs is a bit more love, don’t you agree? Having a healthy and satisfying sexual relationship boosts self-esteem and creates feelings of generosity and love between partners. The “love” hormone, oxytocin, may be responsible for this effect. The release of oxytocin during sex helps partners to bond, creating a connection that makes couples want to be sexually intimate more often. The old saying is true: If you want a great sex life, start by having great sex.
- Sex improves mood and helps to alleviate depression.
Semen appears to act as an antidepressant in women, says researcher and psychologist Dr. Gordon Gallup at the University of New York. Semen contains powerful—and potentially addictive—ingredients in an “orgasm cocktail.” This mix includes mood-altering chemicals such as testosterone, estrogen, prolactin, luteinizing hormone, and prostaglandins. These chemicals are absorbed through the walls of the vagina.
Orgasms also release a rush of hormones into male and female bodies, including endorphins—one of the main ingredients of the “orgasm cocktail.” Endorphins are similar to the chemical structure of morphine and can relieve pain, control the body’s stress response, and even improve mood and alleviate depression. In addition, oxytocin helps to build connection, love, and bonding between partners. Along the way to feeling less depressed and anxious, you will benefit from having your blood oxygenated and your body relaxed by the wonderful deep breathing during sex.
- Sex burns fat.
All right people—can you think of a better reason to have sex? We are killing (and boring) ourselves on the treadmill when really we could be getting a much better bang (no pun intended) for our buck if we would just have more frequent sex. Thirty minutes of sex can burn 85 to 300 calories, and engaging in sex several times a week could mean losing as many as two to three pounds a month. Plus think about all of the other benefits that sex offers! Add a “bedroom workout” to your routine and see the results quickly.
- Sex boosts the immune system.
Many illnesses stem from a compromised immune system. Having sex even once or twice a week has been linked to higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which helps protect you from the common cold and other infections. Isn’t improving your immune system with sex better than subjecting yourself to another round of antibiotics?
So now that you’re convinced a healthy sexual life is vital to your over-all well-being, it’s time to tackle the 10-day overhaul to a much improved sex drive, and sexual relationship.