Sex and health
This is not an article about sexual poses or how best to satisfy your partner or yourself.
We will talk about the ”side effects” of sex – how making love can improve our health.
A lot of research has been done on this topic.
And the conclusions are that pleasure is not the only reason why we should make love more often – the mental and physical benefits of a healthy sex life go far beyond our bedroom.
1 Sex is a workout
Of course, it is not equivalent to full-fledged training in a sports club, however – making love for 25 minutes:
- Men burn an average of 105 calories (4.2 kCal/min.).
- Women burn an average of 77.5 calories (3.1 kCal/min.).
For comparison, during a 30-minute workout at 8.4 METS, men burn around 276 calories and women around 213 calories.
Besides, making love is much more pleasant than pedalling the exercise machine or lifting weights.
2 Sex can protect your heart
Like any physical activity, healthy sex also strengthens your heart.
For example, this study found that men who had sex twice a week or more had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who had sex once a month or less.
And for those concerned that sexual activity can lead to a heart attack, I recommend reading the American Heart Association’s Scientific Statement on Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease. It confirms that sex is safe for people who can exercise without heart problems in the 3 to 5 MET range (3 MET = walking at a moderate pace, 5 MET = low-intensity aerobic exercise).
Respectively – sex is considered a light or moderate-intensity workout, and the possibility that regular sex can prevent heart attacks is significantly higher than the possibility that it can cause them.
3 Sex can help relieve pain
Including – also menstrual pain.
Endorphins and other chemicals released during arousal and orgasm are natural pain relievers that act like opioids. This could explain why sex and orgasm provide quick relief from menstrual cramps, migraines and headaches for some people.
Several studies have shown that looking at your partner or even just at his photo can help reduce pain. Therefore, although it is generally believed that pain is an obstacle to sex, maybe the next time it appears, instead of taking aspirin, try to make love with a loved one.
4 Sex can reduce stress and lower blood pressure
Sex can help relieve stress in two ways:
- By increasing the level of endorphins and other relaxing and mood-enhancing hormones.
- By reducing the levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Also, remember that sex is a “form of exercise” and physical activity also helps us to calm down.
Moreover, some studies show that sexual activity prevents an increase in blood pressure during stress. Although this effect was more noticeable in people who had “classic” sex, masturbation and other types of sex can also help.
5 Sex may reduce the risk of prostate cancer
A study published in 2016 found that men who ejaculated more than 21 times a month were 20 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer compared to those who ejaculated four to seven times a month.
Another study found that men who ejaculated more often had a 22 per cent lower risk of prostate cancer.
Researchers still don’t know why this is, and more research is needed to confirm this link.
If you need another reason to protect your loved one from cancer tonight, this is a pretty good one 😊.
6 Sex improves sleep quality
Several studies have found that having an orgasm before bed helps people fall asleep faster and sleep better.
Orgasm promotes the release of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin, which can help you relax, sleep better – and wake up refreshed and energized.
This effect also works in reverse. According to a study published in 2015, getting enough quality sleep can improve sexual response – scientists found that women who slept longer reported greater sexual desire the next day.
7 Sex can reduce the chance of catching colds and flu
Regular sex can help you avoid colds and flu.
At least that’s what Wilkes-Barre University scientists believe, who claim that sexual activity boosts immunity.
According to their research, sex can lead to higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA), which can provide additional protection against these diseases.
8 Sex can improve mood
We’ve already noticed that, haven’t we?
But not everyone knows that these mood changes have biochemical causes, from neurotransmitters that can be released during healthy sex to “mood enhancers” found in sperm itself.
And, of course, the effect of unity with someone you trust and who cares about you.
Sex and orgasm can trigger a surge of well-being hormones, and some studies show that these pleasant sensations can last the next day.
9 Sex can make you closer to your partner
Sex can help you bond better with your partner.
Making love promotes the release of oxytocin, and it is called the love hormone for a reason.
Oxytocin has relationship-enhancing effects – bonding, affection and trust are just a few examples.
For example, a study of married couples found that improving relationships does not end with sex. It turns out that the effect lasts for 48 hours after intercourse and promotes couple bonding. And – the higher the sexual satisfaction, the higher the satisfaction with marriage.
10 Sex can improve the quality of lovemaking
Practice makes perfect, well – or at least better 😊.
This doesn’t just mean more sex or better orgasms but also things like stronger erections and increased vaginal moisture, which are essential components of good sex.
11 Sex can increase your desire to make love
During sex, our bodies release a “cocktail” of powerful chemicals, and the sensations both during and after making love are so pleasing that we want to enjoy them again and again…
Therefore, the more often we make love, the more often we want to make love.
Many experts advise not to refuse your partner when he wants to make love, but you don’t – this can be one of the ways to match your and your partner’s libido.
Self-pleasure can also increase sex drive and make you want to make love more often with your partner.
Frequent sex can improve our well-being and relationship, but quality is more important than quantity.
If you have both – it’s a nice bonus.
Some studies have shown that mice and rats who had sex more often had lower stress levels.
The lower our stress levels, the better our brain functions.
So, theoretically and taking into account everything written above – sex every day would make you healthier, you would live longer, get sick less, and you would have genius mental abilities. In fact – you would become a Superman 😊.
“Exercise” more often and be healthy!
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The Impact of Sleep on Female Sexual Response and Behavior
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