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The 7 Health Benefits of Sex

The 7 Health Benefits of Sex

Sex bonds us, burns calories — and those aren’t the only benefits for you and your significant other.

Health Benefit of Sex #1: Reduces Stress and Improves Heart Health

Researchers have found that sexually active couples better responded to stressful situations than their abstaining peers. (And possibly proving that “sexual frustration” isn’t totally a mental thing.) Others discovered that frequent sex with a significant other was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure. Women, in this particular case, hugs can be just as powerful as sex. So at least cuddle frequently. And in a 20-year study, not once was sex linked to causing strokes. So don’t let age slow you down.

Health Benefit of Sex #2: Reduces Pain

As endorphins increase, pain decreases. Instead of rolling over because you have a headache, why not fight that headache via intimacy with your loved one? Studies have found that headaches, arthritis pain and PMS symptoms can lesson with a surge of the cuddle hormone, oxytocin.

Health Benefit of Sex #3: Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer

Good news for the men: Frequent sex — five or more times a week — might reduce your risk of prostate cancer later on. It may not be the world’s most romantic line for seduction, but it doesn’t hurt to let your significant other know that sex might save your life. (Ladies, some studies are now suggesting that sex might reduce breast-cancer risk. So you’re doing your future self a favor, too, by having regular sex.)

READ: Staying Intimate While Battling Breast Cancer

Health Benefit of Sex #4: Boosts Immunity

Want to increase your levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A (IgA)? Then go find your loved one! Sex once or twice a week boosts your IgA levels, and can subsequently help you fight off nasty colds and infections.

Health Benefit of Sex #5: Improves Self-Esteem … and Intimacy

Sex feels good, but it can also help you feel good about yourself. A good sexual connection with your partner can elevate your self-esteem. As mentioned at the top of the article, the calorie-burning bonus can also help with body-shape maintenance. So if you haven’t been feeling sexy lately, having more sex might help you feel more desirable. The feel-good hormones don’t just make you a little more confident in life (and in bed), they help you bond with your beloved. Oxytocin, the “love hormone,” increases with physical touch.

Health Benefit of Sex #6: Helps You Sleep Better

Oxytocin relaxes the body and promotes sleep. And sleep is extremely important for good health, affecting weight, stress management and blood pressure, among other things.

READ: Which Sleep Style is Healthiest?

Health Benefit of Sex #7: Fights Aging

Having sex just twice a week can increase your life expectancy, thanks to increases in levels of the hormone DHEA which repairs tissues, keeps your skin healthy, improves cognitive function and even alleviates depressive symptoms. Increased blood circulation does wonders for the skin, hence that enviable post-sex glow, and sex boosts collagen production, a natural preventer of wrinkles and sagging. Boosts of testosterone and estrogen also keep us young; testosterone strengthens bones and muscles and keeps the heart healthy, while estrogen protects women against heart disease. Hormones also dictate the condition of our hair. A satisfying sex life, in which the body can efficiently metabolize nutrients, will mean more good-hair days. The same hormone-balancing act can help clear your skin, too. Sex is good for you, and “the more the better” is often the case.

Keep you and your loved one healthy — and stay in bed.

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