The Health Benefits of Sex

The Health Benefits of Sex

Sex is not only a fun and intimate way to in which humans connect humans on many levels but – and, providing you are taking precautions – good sex can also keep your body and mind healthy. Here are the health benefits of sex.

It Keeps Your Immune System Healthy

Apparently, “sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert.

Experts have found that sexually active people  have higher levels of the antibodies that defend your body against germs, viruses, and infections.

It Aids Better Bladder Control (women)

If you want to avoid incontinence in your older years, you need to ensure your pelvic floor muscles are strong and good sex can help to make sure you give them a good work out. When you reach orgasm, your pelvic floor contracts  those muscles, strengthening them at the same time.

It Lowers High Blood Pressure

Researchers believe there is a link between good, regular sexual intercourse and lower blood pressure. A study found that sexual intercourse specifically lowered systolic blood pressure.”

It’s The Best and Most Fun Exercise There is!

Sex uses about five calories per minute, that’s four more calories than watching TV. It bumps up your heart rate and providing you’re doing it right, can use most of your muscles during one session!

It Lessens Pain

Did you know the orgasm is a pain-blocker? It releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold, thereby alleviating the uncomfortable feeling of pain itself. Sex releases chemical compounds into the brain, starting with oxytocin. Studies have shown oxytocin levels rise in women during childbirth and breastfeeding, as well as in fathers connected in intimate or painful/stressful moments their partners and babies. Even simple vaginal stimulation  has been found to block chronic back and leg pain.  It is commonly-believed that masturbation can reduce period pains, arthritic pain and even headaches – despite what your missus has led you to believe!

Photo credit: Digest BPS
sources:  Web MD/ Psychology Today
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