Sex is a part of our human nature that has many facets. It is in our music, movies, and movement. Some cherish it, run from it, study it, and exploit it. We live in a society…in a generation that is so sexually charged that we probably can’t go one day without coming across something that is sexually associated. Even if it is just a conversation. One could say that there is a list of positive and negative attributes and usages of sex. In thinking of the more positive aspects of sex, we can start with relationships.
Within a relationship of romance, sex can strengthen the chemistry and bond between two people. Sex can enable two individuals to be deeply intertwined and connected with one another. Often times I hear people say that sex is good for this, sex is good for that. Most of it is probably true. I wanted to do some brief research of my own to see what were some of the benefits to my health that sex could help be acquired. Here are some of the benefits to sex that I came across:
1. Improved heart health – H is good for your heart. Several studies have found that your risk of dying from a heart disease event such as stroke or heart attack goes down as the frequency of your good orgasms increase over time. “Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert. People who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders. People who have sex were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), according to researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. These antibodies help combat diseases and keep the body safe from colds and flu.
2. Pain relief – The surge of hormones released after an orgasm can help ease any annoying ache, whether it's a strained back or a head pounder, says Meston. A study conducted at the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University found that half of female migraine sufferers reported relief after climaxing. "The endorphins that are released during an orgasm closely resemble morphine, and they effectively relieve pain," says Meston. Other studies have found that women may get some relief from menstrual cramps through a good orgasm.
3. Less stress – Researchers theorize that this stress reduction occurs because the pleasure pathways of the brain are triggered by sex. Research from the University of the West of Scotland reveals that people who had intercourse at least once over two weeks were better able to manage stressful situations such as public speaking, says study author and psychology professor Stuart Brody, Ph.D. That's because endorphins and oxytocin are released during sex, and these feel-good hormones activate pleasure centers in the brain that create feelings of intimacy and relaxation and help stave off anxiety and depression.
4. Sleep - The same endorphins that help you de-stress can also relax your mind and body, priming you for slumber. During orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released. Highly active sex can make you feel more energized than sleepy. Sex should never be a snooze, but if you want to use knocking boots as a sleep aid, skip the acrobatics and opt for a subdued session.
5. Mood – You’ve got a more positive outlook post-sex. There are biochemical rationales for experiencing improved mood as a sex benefit, from the neurotransmitters that may be released during healthy sex to the mood enhancers contained in semen itself.
6. Glowing skin – In a study conducted at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, a panel of judges viewed participants through a one-way mirror and guessed their ages. Those who were enjoying lots of sex with a steady partner four times a week, on average were perceived to be seven to 12 years younger than their actual age. Regular sex promotes the release of hormones, including testosterone and estrogen, which can keep the body looking young and vital.
7. Women’s bladder control – A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives. Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.
8. Blood pressure –Studies found that sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure. That's the first number on your blood pressure test.
9. Exercise – Sex uses about five calories per minute, four more calories than watching TV. It gives you a one-two punch: It bumps up your heart rate and uses various muscles. Like with exercise, consistency helps maximize the benefits.
10. Fewer colds - Knocking the boots can help you avoid coming down with the sniffles. People who have sex were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), according to researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. These antibodies help combat diseases and keep the body safe from colds and flu.