Sex can be more than just a pleasurable activity between two people. Find out the top 10 health benefits of sex!
So if you were asked to come up with advantages of having sex, what would you say? It helps to keep the human race going and it’s fun, right? Turns out there are many more advantages to having sex, health benefits at that! Remember though, the best sex is always consensual and should be safe.
Top 10 health benefits of sex
1. Sex burns calories
30 minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. There’s a reason for you to make your lovemaking last longer and do it more regularly. You’ll not only feel great, you would’ve burnt off some unwanted calories as well!
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2. Helps to reduce stress
Sexual intercourse helps to reduce blood pressure and this further leads to a reduction in stress levels.
3. Increases hormones
Regular sex leads to an increase in testosterone in men, which helps fortify bones and muscle. In women, regular sex leads to a rise in the hormone oestrogen, which is one of the most important safeguards against heart disease.
4. Boosts immunity
Studies have found that people who have sex once or twice a week have 30 per cent higher levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, which boosts the immune system and helps fight infections like colds and the flu.
5. Helps you live longer
A study conducted at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland tracked one thousand middle-aged men over 10 years. The findings revealed that those who had had orgasms frequently lived longer than those who were not quite so active.
6. Sex improves heart health
Contrary to misconceptions held by those with heart disease, sex is actually safe for most heart patients. Experts say that if you can walk up two flights of stairs without going out of breath, you can safely have sex.
That’s not all! Those who regularly have sex have lower blood pressure and cholesterol and an increased circulation.
7. Strengthens Pelvic Floor Muscles
When women have sex, they’re unconsciously doing Kegel exercises which are good for many things including improved bladder control.
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8. Boosts self-esteem
A good sexual experience has many mental benefits as well, including making you feel good about yourself. Some studies have shown that it even makes a woman feel younger. Now who doesn’t want that!
9. Improves intimacy
Besides the obvious closeness and intimacy that comes with sex, having an orgasm increases levels of a hormone called oxytocin. This is also called the love hormone as it helps humans bond and build trust.
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10. Sex for better sleep
The increase in oxytocin as a result of sex helps you sleep better. Maybe that’s why couples like to cuddle and sleep after an invigorating roll in the hay!
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