Yeah. sex can bring tremendous pleasure. For a lot of people though, that is where it ends.

However, what if we told you that sex does so much more underneath the radar than the obvious pleasure it promises? This has been a cause of great concern that several studies have been undertaken to prove this particular point.

Here goes;

1. It Boosts Your Immune System

Studies comparing sexually active people to those who are not sexually active have shown that the more frequently one engages in sex, the less often they fall ill. Sex boosts your body’s immunity against bacteria, viruses, and other germs that cause common illnesses. Remember though to ensure you take proper care of yourself in other areas and not rely on a healthy sex life alone

2. It Boosts Your Libido

It goes against reason that a low libido can be cured by …well…sex? But, it actually does. Having sex actually boosts desire. In women it helps with vaginal lubrication, blood flow to the vagina, and elasticity of the tissues. And if pain and vaginal dryness make it challenging for some women to have sex, sexual activity with the aid of lubricants can help combat those problems as well.

3. It Helps Women With Bladder Control

The same muscles used during orgasms are also employed during Kegel exercises. What that means is that a woman’s pelvic floor muscles gets strengthened and toned. With stronger pelvic muscles there’s less risk of accidents and urine leaks. Seeing that urinary incontinence affects about 30% of women at some point in life, this should come as some great news.

4. It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

First of all; sex is not being touted as a replacement to drugs that lower blood pressure, but studies have shown that it can be a great addition towards ensuring greater blood pressure health. So, if you suffer from hypertension, this is a great lifestyle boost to consider.

5. It Could Count as Exercise as It Burns Calories

So, health junkies… sex burns calories, too! It burns about 5 calories per minute. Of course, it might not replace sessions at the gym, but it is a fun and nice way to get some extra physical activity. Dont you think? A specific study in young men and women showed that sex burns about 108 calories per half hour! That’s enough to burn off 3, 570 calories. Waoh!

6. It Takes Care Of Your Heart

Having more sex reduces by 50% the likelihood of dying by heart diseases. This is primarily because sex helps balance levels of hormones, like estrogen and testosterone. An imbalance can create situations such as heart disease and osteoporosis. When it comes to protecting heart health by having sex, more is definitely better.

7. It Can Be A Pain Reliever

It has been shown that sexual activity actually reduces pain that could come from Headaches, arthritis and even menstrual cramps. Why? Orgasms result in the release of hormones that can help block pain signals.

8. It May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

Great news for the men. A man that ejaculates at least 21 times monthly is less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who had fewer ejaculations.

9. It Boosts Better Sleep

Sex gives you better snooze time. You must have noticed that either you or your partner nods off immediately after having sex? It simulates the release of the prolactin hormone. This is the hormone that promotes feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.

10. It Can Relieve Stress

Sex makes you feel good. Helps to ease you off tension and relieves your stress and anxiety. Reason is not far-fetched. Intimacy and emotional attachment stimulate the release of the hormones that promote bonding and calmness. Sexual arousal also releases substances that stimulate the reward and pleasure system in the brain.

 

11. It Boosts Cardiovascular Health

Reducing the risk of strokes may just be found beneath the sheets. This nullifies the fear that physical exertion can lead to a stroke. This is based on a 20-year-long study of more than 900 men, where researchers found that frequency of sex did not increase stroke risk but that it also protects against fatal heart attacks.

12. It Boosts Intimacy and Relationships

Sex and orgasms stimulate the release of the oxytocin hormone (famously called the love-hormone) which helps build feelings of love and trust.

13. It Helps To Slow Aging

With sex, you do not need those expensive surgeries or antti-aging creams. Regular sex stimulates the release of estrogen and testosterone, hormones that keep you young and vital looking. Estrogen promotes younger-looking skin and lustrous locks. People who had sex at least 4 times per week with a regular partner appear to be 7 to 12 years younger than they actually were.

14. It Boosts Longevity

A 10 year study of over 1,000 middle-aged men, those who had the most orgasms had half the death rate of those who did not ejaculate frequently. Of course many factors contribute to longevity, but having an active sex life may be an easy, pleasurable way to extend your lifespan.

15. It Boosts Mental Health

Sex might actually make your brain work better. Researchers found that sex switches the brain into a more analytical mode of and thinking processing. It has also been shown that in older citizens, sex reduces the onslaught of Alzheimers as it boosts memory power.

16. It Boosts Fertility

One of the advice given to couples facing infertility is to ensure they have sex regularly. A related study  found that men who had daily ejaculations for a week had higher-quality sperm than those who did not ejaculate daily. Men in the daily ejaculation group had sperm with DNA that was less fragmented than the DNA from sperm of men who ejaculated less frequently. Less fragmented DNA implies healthier DNA. And hearty sperm that have healthy DNA are more likely to fertilize an egg.

Bottomline?

Humans are wired for social connection. Interaction with friends and family boosts your overall health and well-being. Close connections with others, including sex with your partner, make you happier and healthier compared to those who are less well connected.

https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/health_benefits_sex

About the author

Kris Ero

Professionally known as The Wellness Boss, Kris is a trained wellness coach focused primarily on promoting corporate wellness. She is also a Child and Family Wellness Advocate and has appeared on several radio and tv shows. As a wellness entrepreneur, she runs several wellness initiatives. In her spare time, she loves to catch up on her reading and tv shows. An avid foodie, she seeks healthier ways of enjoying what she loves.

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