The benefits of sex for one’s health often go unrecognized.
While people may focus on the satisfaction aspect of sex, I’m here to tell you that there are many other health benefits to it, backed by scientific evidence. So, what are the 10 lesser-known health benefits of sex?
Let’s take a look:
1. Sex is a calorie burner
Sexologists say that sex can burn up to 85 calories in a 30-minute session. Repeating this regularly can lead to significant calorie loss, making it a convenient form of exercise even for those who are lazy.
2. Sex boosts immunity
Frequent sex (once a week or more) has been linked to the production of immunoglobulin A (IgA), which helps to ward off colds and other infections.
3. Sex reduces stress
According to a study published in the journal “Biology Psychology,” people who engage in sex regularly were found to handle stress better compared to those who abstained. The lower diastolic blood pressure associated with sex is believed to be the reason for this stress relief.
4. Sex is good for the heart
Despite common misconceptions, sex does not cause heart problems. In fact, a study published in the journal “Epidemiology and Community Health” found that having sex twice or more a week can reduce the chances of fatal heart attacks in men by half.
5. Sex boosts self-esteem
A study from the University of Texas found that sex makes people feel better about themselves. Sex therapists agree that this improved self-esteem can lead to better sex.
6. Sex strengthens intimacy and relationships
Oxytocin, the “love hormone,” is released during orgasm, which creates a bond between partners and strengthens their relationship. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh suggest couples have sex more often for a stronger bond.
7. Sex reduces pain
High levels of endorphins are released during sex, which can help alleviate pain from conditions such as arthritis, headaches, and PMS.
8. Sex lowers the risk of prostate cancer
Frequent ejaculations have been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer, with men who ejaculate more in their 20s having a lower risk of the disease in the future.
9. Sex tones pelvic floor muscles
Women can exercise their pelvic floor muscles, called kegels, during intercourse, reducing the chances of incontinence in the future.
10. Sex leads to better sleep
After orgasm, the release of oxytocin can lead to improved sleep.
These are just 10 of the wonderful benefits of an activity that you should be enjoying everyday … if not multiple times a day.
So the next time you have sex, remember that it’s not just good for your physical and emotional well-being, but also for your overall health.