10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

Enhances Sex Drive

Simply put, the more sex you have, the more sex you want to have. This is particularly true for women, who experience greater vaginal lubrication, improved blood circulation, and more elasticity.

Boosts the Immune System

Statistics show that people who are sexually active take fewer days off due to illness. There is a correlation between sexual activeness and immune strength. People who are more active are also more resistant to germs and viruses. Of course, there could be a third variable here, which is why we speak of correlation and not cause and effect.

Improves Bladder Control

Again, there is a correlation between intercourse frequency and pelvic floor strength. To drive this point home, know this – every third woman suffers from incontinence at least once in her life. Orgasms cause pelvic muscle contraction, which strengthens the muscles.

Good Workout

On average, people burn five calories per minute of sex, which may not be much, but it’s better than dozing off in front of the TV. Sex also increases the heart rate and activates different muscle groups.

Reduces Blood Pressure

Scientists point to a link between blood pressure and sex, with the two existing in inverse proportion. One recent study proved that sexual intercourse lowers systolic (upper limit) blood pressure.

Reduces Pain

Sex can serve as a natural pain reliever. At any rate, you’ll forget about mild to moderate pain when orgasming, and the effect will remain for some time thereafter. Definitely a great alternative to OTCs. This happens because sex releases endorphins, which help modulate pain receptors. They’re like natural opiates. Some women say masturbation can reduce neuropathic pain, headaches, and menstrual cramps.

Reduces Heart Attack Risk

Sex helps keep testosterone and estrogen levels balanced. Extreme levels of either play a role in heart attacks.

Improves Sleep

After sexual intercourse, your body releases prolactin, which makes you sleepy.

Prostate Cancer

Studies show higher frequency of sexual intercourse can reduce prostate cancer risk.

Stress Relief

This benefit may stem from being close to another person and not sex itself, but it’s there.

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