Health benefits of love making? Not only does a healthy sex life boost levels of intimacy, affection and wellbeing in your relationship, according to science, but it’s also great for your physical and mental health.
Sex can be beneficial to your health in many ways, from boosting your immune function to reducing your risk of heart disease and supercharging your self-esteem.
And while we all know between-the-sheets action or sex is a calorie burner (it can burn calories equivalent to a 30-minute jog/exercise), there are so many great health benefits of sex that go way beyond energy expenditure.
Health Benefits Of Love Making
However, we run through 13 evidence-backed reasons why sex is important in human life, according to science.
- Sex Helps You Sleep
During climax, the brain releases a hormone called oxytocin, which induces a relaxed feeling that helps you sleep better.
‘Great sex is one of the best cures for sleeplessness and insomnia – oxytocin is the hormone that promotes feelings of intimacy, and it jumps to five times its normal level during climax,’ says an expert.
It also makes you feel sleepy. While men drift off two to five minutes after orgasm, women usually take 20 to 30 minutes.
- Assumed To Makes You Look Younger
Couples who have sex at least three times a week look more than 10 years younger than those who get frisky less often, according to research by Dr David Weeks, clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
He adds, the pleasure from having sex is a ‘crucial factor’ in staying young. Additionally, having sex boosts blood circulation and causes your body to release endorphins, giving your skin a natural glow.
Human Growth hormone (HGH) somatotropin is also released, which improves skin elasticity and fends off wrinkles.
- Sex Reduces Headaches
Sex can be a powerful painkiller, especially for headache sufferers. A study carried out by the University of Munster in Germany found that sex can actually be more effective than painkillers when it comes to reducing headache pain.
This is because sex triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, into the central nervous system.
The effect is so powerful, their research shows, that more than half of people who have sex during a headache experience an improvement in symptoms.
Some headaches occur as a result of sexual activity and this should be discussed with your doctor.
- Sex Relieves Stress
Given that so many mood-boosting chemicals are released during sex, it makes sense that getting frisky can act as a natural, powerful stress-reliever.
In one rodent study, having sex daily for a fortnight caused cell growth in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that keeps stress levels under control.
And in a similar human study, people who had daily intercourse for two weeks experienced a reduction in stress-related blood pressure.
- Sex Promotes Healthier Food Choices
Believe it or not, sex can help to curb sugar and fat cravings. How? By lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy, promotes insulin release and impacts blood sugar levels.
This trifecta of actions help boosts your appetite.
- Sex Boosts Immunity
Research from Wilkes-Barre University found that the intimacy of sex stimulates the body to produce Immunoglobulin A (IgA), an antibody that forms a barrier against a cold.
People who have sex more than once or twice a week, they found, have more of these antibodies than those who are less sexually active.
Obviously in the unusual context of covid-19 pandemic, awareness of symptoms of infection is important in making decisions about intimacy.
- Sex Eases Period Pain
At the moment of climax, the uterine muscles contract and send pain-relieving and mood-enhancing endorphins to the brain.
These act as a natural painkiller, and help to ease menstrual cramps, depression and irritability associated with PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome).
The muscle contractions that occur when you orgasm may also help to relieve tension in your uterus, providing relief from cramps.
- Sex Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk
The prostate is important in the male reproductive system – it produces the alkaline components of semen, which help to protect the sperm.
Research from Harvard found that men who ejaculate on a regular basis, defined as five times or more each week, are less likely to develop prostate cancer.
- Sex Boosts Heart Health
The less frequently you have sex, the higher your risk of heart disease, according to an observational study spanning more than 1,000 men published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Compared to men who reported having sex a minimum of two or three times per week, men with sexual activity of once per month or less were 45 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
- Sex Increases Self-Esteem
Having sex can help boost self-confidence and develop a more better positive attitude about yourself.
‘Never underestimate the power of confidence,’ says an expert. Expressing what you want clearly and without fear is one of the most desirable things you can do, especially while being intimate with another person.
Love the power of your body and acknowledge that you deserve to experience pleasure. Doing this will help you to communicate with more clarity and confidence.
- Sex Boosts Libido
The more frequently you have sex, the more likely you are to want to do it again. This is because getting frisky prompts your brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in the motivation and reward process.
And among women specifically, sex boosts estrogen levels and blood flow, which increases the desire for sex.
- Sex Improves Memory
Getting intimate may boost your brain function by stimulating areas of the brain that are associated with memory.
In a long-term study by the University of Wollongong, frequent sexual activity was found to be associated with better performance in a short-term memory test.
This research is supported by the findings of a study by Manchester University, which revealed that sexually active adults have better brain power.
- Finally, Sex Enhances Sperm Quality
Ejaculating every day for seven days improves men’s sperm quality by reducing the amount of DNA damage, according to research by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.
As well as seeing ‘substantial and statistically highly significant’ changes in the quality of the sperm, ‘in addition, we found that although frequent ejaculation decreased semen volume and sperm concentrations, it did not compromise sperm motility and, in fact, this rose slightly but significantly,’ said lead author Dr. David Greening.
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