February 19, 2013
Health Benefits Of Sex
Benefit number one, mental health. Having intercourse lowers stress levels and your blood pressure is better. A Scottish Study had 26 people document when they had sex each time and placed in stress environments such as “public speaking and doing math problems.” These people did better in stressful times. It also can lower depression and anxiety.
According to WebMD, another health benefit is it improves your immune system. 112 college students were asked to document when they had intercourse and took a saliva test. It showed they had high “immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.”
Now, one benefit that most of us all know is that it burns calories. Did you know 30 minutes of sex can burn 85 calories or more? It also makes you want to have sex longer. “42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions.” One pound of fat is 3,500 calories. So if you want to lose some weight and have fun with your partner then having sex is the way to go.
Sex can also boost your self-esteem. No wonder I always feel like I look good and feel better about myself afterwards. A study in Texas found that one of the reasons why people want to have sex is to feel better. “Great sex begins with self-esteem. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it.”
Here is another plus: deeper intimacy. The deeper your intimacy, the stronger your bond will be. It also helps with building trust. Having higher oxytocin levels is good because it makes you feel better about your partner. Not only that, the relationship is better because the generosity is there towards each other.
Maybe you have heard of this one before — sex helps lower pain levels. Oxytocin is also a pain killer and releases endorphins; headaches, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms could improve after intercourse.
Here is a weird one, but can help with bladder control; flexing and tightening your pelvic floor muscles (hold for 3 seconds and then relax), the same way you would stop the flow of urine. This exercise is called the Kegel Exercise. You can do this outside of sex and/or while you are having intercourse. This exercise gives pleasure but also strengthens muscles.
Curious about any other health benefits you can get from sex? Then take a look for yourself. You may never know what you might learn (and it probably won’t take much convincing). Maybe you want to burn some calories and try out the Kegel exercise; I am sure your partner will be turned on. Then you will be left feeling wonderful afterwards and get a good night’s sleep (yet another benefit).
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