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Health Benefits of Sex

Updated on November 28, 2014

Sex has gotten a bad reputation over the years and with all of the sexually transmitted diseases popping up, it is understandable. What if you were told that having sex is actually good for your overall health? According to several medical studies, sex actually helps reduce and prevent various ailments. However, it is advised to be in a monogamous relationship because as with anything, too much of a good thing may put you at serious risk. In this case, too many partners can put you at risk for other health problems.

“Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” according to Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD, who is a sexual health expert.

Pain Management

No longer will the headache excuse work to get out of having sex with your spouse. In fact, having sex is better than Tylenol if you have a headache, backache, and even menstrual cramps. Sex is also know to help relieve the pain from arthritis. The reason is because during sexual arousal two chemicals are released in the brain. These chemicals are large amounts of endorphins and corticosteroids. Even more are released when an orgasm is achieved.

Boost Immune System

According to studies, people who have sex quite frequently tend to have a higher immune system. This means less sick days than those who don't have sex on a regular basis. According to scientists, sex raises levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA). This is an antigen found in mucus and saliva to ward of potential illnesses that may come in contact with the body. It is suggested that people should have sex at least twice a week to help keep this antigen levels boosted.

Having sex regularly with you partner also releases small amounts of the prolactin hormone. The prolactin hormone is more commonly known as the hormone that allows for milk production in females but can also help boost the immune system to help prevent or reduce your chances for coming down with the common cold.

The prolactin hormone helps increase the production of T cells (T lymphocytes) and B cells (B lymphocytes), which are two types of white blood cells that form in bone marrow and is designed to protect the body against bacteria, viruses, and other germs.

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Lifts Moods

Everyone wants to start their day off right, now studies suggest having sex in the mornings will help lift your moods for the entire day. During sexual arousal, pleasure endorphins are released putting a person is positive mood. Orgasms release a higher dose of endorphins that can help relieve anxiety and depression. It also helps to boost one's self-esteem when in a healthy relationship. So set your alarms early to get in a little one on one time before starting your day, you'll be happy you did.

Reduces Stress

Stress affects everyone differently but researchers have discovered that during sexual stimulation, especially nipple stimulation, oxytocin levels increase causing a calming effect that allows you to relax the stress away.

Sex also helps lower blood pressure. This may especially helpful for those diagnosed with high blood pressure, known as hypertension. However, it is strongly advise to consult your physician to discuss whether you are healthy enough for sexual intercourse and how it will affect your overall health.

Sleep Better

Many women get irritated when a man goes right to sleep after sex, but ladies it isn't their fault. After a long day, sex will help a person fall asleep faster and have a more restful night's sleep allowing them to wake up the next morning feeling refreshed. It isn't that sex causes drowsiness, instead it causes a sense of relaxation that makes falling asleep easier. This is due to the release of the oxytocin hormone during an orgasm. So instead of tossing and turning mindlessly as you fall asleep, try including your partner in the tossing and turning ritual. You'll thank yourself in the morning.

Better Overall Health

Sex is a great way to keep your heart in shape and even lower cholesterol. Studies have also shown that individuals who have sex frequently have a lower chance of developing breast cancer or prostate cancer. Sex is also linked to living longer. People who have sex at least twice a week tend to live longer according to one study.

The testosterone hormone is also released during sex. It is responsible for increasing natural energy levels. Keep it mind that this is more of a good mood, increased focus kind of energy and not the bouncing-of-the-walls kind of energy. Testosterone also plays an important role in strengthen the overall health of your muscles, heart, and bones. And yes, ladies, you produce the testosterone hormone as well.

According to the University of Texas and the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal, having sex can actually boost your overall self-esteem and self-confidence.

Boost Your Memory

Did you know that sex can boost your memory and mental motivation? During sex a chemical called dopamine is released in your brain. Dopamine has many health benefits, especially when it comes to improving memory and helping you stay focused and motivated during everyday activities.

Lose Weight

Most people go to the gym for a good workout to manage their weight, but many people don't realize that you burn more calories in less time having sex than working out in the gym. Sex also helps tone muscle, improve strength, and flexibility. So talk with your partner about becoming your personal trainer and start working off those calories and toning those muscles.

Look and Feel Younger

During sex, a hormone is release called dehydroepiandrostone (DHEA). This youth-promoting hormone helps your skin have a healthy glow and helps your hair have a natural shine. According to scientific research by a British scientist in 1997, not only does this hormone help your skin and hair but makes you feel young again. In fact, up to ten years longer.

If you are not in a monogamous relationship, masturbation is another alternative. This helps prevent putting you at risk of contracting any type of sexually transmitted disease (STDs). Also it is highly advisable to use condoms and other birth control, especially if you have multiple partners.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your physician or health care provider before making any healthcare decisions.

© 2014 L Sarhan

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      Michael Sibley 2 years ago from Trenton,NJ

      Wow.I knew sex was good for your health,but lowering your cholesterol? Who knew?! Great article.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's a very useful article. Health benefits of sex have been greatly highlighted by you. Very useful especially for our younger generation.