In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at the health benefits of having sex, both physical and mental.
Did you know that it takes less than a second for your unconscious mind to figure out if you find someone attractive?
Actually, it takes less than a minute for you to “decipher” the vibes and figure out whether there’s a spark between you and the other person.
Health Benefits of Having Sex
We’re very social creatures. And let’s face it, sex is enjoyable. That’s why it plays such a pivotal role in our lives.
Here’s the thing, it’s vital for our overall well-being as well as our relationships. And we’re not just talking about achieving the big ‘O’ (orgasm).
So, let’s explore the known benefits of getting busy underneath the sheets:
First of all, there’s the emotional reasons, such as expressing love, commitment, and affection. As well as, boosting your self-esteem, mood and most importantly strengthening your bond with your partner.
And then, there’s the goal-based reasons such as creating a family and having a child.
Now let’s explore some of the little known health benefits of having sex. Some of which are surprisingly, kinda of sexy!
1.Strengthens Your Immune System
Several studies conducted by sexual health experts, confirm that when you’re getting all hot and sweaty between the sheets, it’s helping to boost and strengthen your immune system.
They discovered that people who had sex at least once or twice a week, have more immunoglobulin (an (IgA) antibody), than those who didn’t.
IgA antibodies are important because they assist in fighting off common infections like colds and the flue. It’s also the first line of defense against human papillomavirus, or HPV.
So in short, knocking boots on a regularly basis can help you and your partner stay healthy!
2.Increases Your Libido
You know how, no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t eat just one potato chip or french fries? Well, the same goes for sex.
Here’s why. When your brain detects activities that bring you pleasure, it ‘flags’ them as being desirable. That’s how you get your cravings.
So in the case with sex, the more you “do it,” the more enjoyable it becomes. Because your brain detects that you like this activity. Which in turn, increases your libido and cravings for it.
Pretty interesting and a little sexy, right?
3.For Women: Having Sex Strengthens Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
Here’s one of the more interesting health benefits of having sex for women. When a woman needs to strengthen her pelvic floors muscles, one of the best ways for achieve that is by doing Kegel exercises. Well, sex, in a way, is actually a natural ‘version’ of these exercises.
Here’s why– when a woman reaches an orgasm, her pelvic floor muscles contract. Frequent contractions makes the pelvic muscles stronger.
Having a strong pelvic floor helps keep your vajayjay (vagina) from getting saggy and out shape. It also aids in increasing sexual pleasure.
So why stick with just doing boring pelvic floor exercises when you can get the same results and have fun getting it on?
4.For Men: Having Intercourse Lowers Your Risk of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is a serious risk for men. Around 1 in 41 men will die from it, and even more, have to live with painful consequences from it. That’s why many studies are focusing on exploring what helps lower the risks of getting prostate cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death for American Men.
In another study conducted by Harvard Medical School, men who ejaculated frequently (at least 21 times a month or more),were 30% less likely to get prostate cancer.
Now get this– ejaculating helps the prostrate to get rid of harmful substances that can lead to prostate cancer.
One more reason to keep making whoopee!
5.For Men: Lowers Mortality
In another national study, men who had at least 2 orgasms a week, had a 50 percent chance of living longer than those who only climaxed once a month.
Thus, giving you and your honey more time to enjoy more good lovin.
6.Decreases Blood Pressure
Several studies have shown that people who have regular sex actually have lower blood pressure.
In fact, one of these studies found that people who had sex, had 13% lower blood pressures, the next day. Health experts attribute this to the hormones that are released during sex that relieve stress.
In essence, they help relax the arteries in your body, which further results in lowering your blood pressure.
Yet, another good health benefit and reason to keep ‘jumping your partner’s bones.’
7.Lessens Your Risk of Heart Diseases
The American Journal of Cardiology published a study that found having sex at least twice a week lessens your chance of having a stroke or heart attack.
Reason being– Having intercourse is a physical activity, and having regular, healthy sex keeps your heart in shape. Thus protecting it from heart diseases, especially for men.
So, when you’re making love, you’re not only making a connection with your heart but you’re literally protecting it. This benefit is maybe not so sexy, but a little romantic, don’t you think?
Just hear us out, why not try a different ‘medicine’ for pain relief, and instead of reaching for aspirin, you reach for an orgasm?
As your body twists from pleasure and your eyes are gratefully locking on your partner, inside your body there is an eruption of hormones (oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphin) which have an analgesic effect on your body. Even just a vaginal stimulation which not necessarily ends in orgasm can help women block chronic back and leg pain and in some cases menstrual cramps.
This gives a whole new meaning to “sex as a happy pill”.
9.Helps You Sleep Better
If you get sleepy after sex, blame it on the hormones that flood your body after orgasm!
After sex, your body releases oxytocin – the stress-reducing hormone, but even more importantly, prolactin – the hormone that suppresses the dopamine neurotransmitter that is responsible for making you feel awake.
Additionally, if you got down and dirty with the lights turned down, your body ‘assumed’ that it is time for bed and started releasing melatonin- the hormone that tells your body it’s rest time and makes you feel sleepy.
With the cocktail mixture of these three hormones released after sex, it is no wonder that sex makes you sleep like a baby!
10. Reduce Stress, Depression & Anxiety
Scientists confirmed: you can orgasm your way out of stress! Actually, according a board-certified medical expert for JustAnswer.com, “it’s one of the quickest ways to boost your mood, fight depression and beat anxiety.”
During sex, your entire focus is on your partner, shifting your attention from stressful thoughts and anxiety towards mutual satisfaction. Reaching orgasm and with that secreting endorphin neurotransmitters further puts you in a good mood.
Not to mention that having sex is more than just getting to the ‘ah’ point, it is also about connection and intimacy with your partner and strengthens your bond, which further decreases the feelings of loneliness and anxiety.
Having intercourse is a form of exercise. In fact, depending on the intensity of your lovemaking, you can burns between 25 and 175 calories per half-hour.
Which counts towards the recommended 150-minute weekly exercise goal. So, in essence, the more sex you have and the longer you have it- the more calories you burn.
Now, who wouldn’t choose getting their groove on over pounding it out on an elliptical bike.
12.Make Your Skin Glow
You know how your skin looks “glowy” after having sex. Well, there’s actually a good reason for that.
Sex is a form of aerobic exercise. When you’re doing the nasty, it increases your blood flow to your skin, which in turn makes your skin glow. It also pumps higher levels of oxygen, nutrients and estrogen levels to your skin, thus pushing newer, fresher skin cells to the surface, and causing your skin look healthier.
Now that’s sexy!
Now Back to You
As you can see, there are many health benefits to having sex. From boosting your immune system, to increasing your libido, lowering the risk of cancer, helping you sleep better, natural pain relief, reducing stress and anxiety.
So the next time you are “bumping and grinding,” keep in mind that you’re also enhancing your quality of life (other than having the big “O”).
Most of these benefits are derived if you have a partner. If you’re flying solo, then you’ll want to check out this post for the health benefits of masturbation.