Top 10 Health Benefits of Sex ✔

Top 10 Health Benefits of Sex ✔



The Health Benefits of Sex Sex is an important factor in your life. Sex and sexuality are a part of life. Aside from reproduction, sex can be about
intimacy and pleasure. Sexual activity, penile-vaginal intercourse
(PVI), or masturbation, can offer many surprising benefits to all facets of your life: -physical
-intellectual -emotional
-psychological -social Sexual health is more than avoiding diseases
and unplanned pregnancies. It’s also about recognizing that sex can
be an important part of your life, according to the American Sexual Health Association. How can sex benefit your body? This study suggests that sex can be good cardiovascular
exercise in younger men and women. Though sex isn’t enough exercise on its
own, it can be considered light exercise. Some of the benefits you can get from sex
include: -lowering blood pressure
-burning calories -increasing heart health
-strengthening muscles -reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke,
and hypertension -increasing libido People with active sex lives tend to exercise
more frequently and have better dietary habits than those who are less sexually active. Physical fitness may also improve sexual performance
overall. Nine ways to improve your sexual performance: Stronger immune system: In a study of immunity in people in romantic
relationships, people who had frequent sex (one to two times a week) had more immunoglobulin
A (IgA) in their saliva. People who had infrequent sex (less than once
a week) had significantly less IgA. IgA is the antibody that plays a role in preventing
illnesses and is the first line of defense against human papillomavirus, or HPV. But those who had sex more than three times
a week had the same amount of IgA as those who had infrequent sex. The study suggests that anxiety and stress
can possibly cancel out the positive effects of sex. Better sleep: Your body releases oxytocin, also called the
“love” or “intimacy” hormone, and endorphins during an orgasm. The combination of these hormones can act
as sedation. Better sleep can contribute to: -a stronger immune system
-a longer lifespan -feeling more well-rested
-having more energy during the day Headache relief: Another study shows that sexual activity can
provide full or partial relief from migraines and cluster headaches. Of people who were sexually active during
their attacks: -60 percent reported an improvement during
a migraine -70 percent reported moderate to complete
relief during a migraine -37 percent reported improvement of symptoms
in cluster headaches -91 percent reported moderate to complete
relief in cluster headaches How sex benefits all genders? In men
A recent review found that men who had more frequent penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI)
had less risk of developing prostate cancer. One study found that men who averaged having
4.6 to 7 ejaculations a week were 36 percent less likely to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis
before the age of 70. This is in comparison to men who reported
ejaculating 2.3 or fewer times a week on average. For men, sex may even affect your mortality. One study that had a 10 year follow-up reported
that men who had frequent orgasms (defined as two or more a week) had a 50 percent lower
mortality risk than those who had sex less often. Although results are conflicting, the quality
and health of your sperm may increase with increased sexual activity, as some research
suggests. In women Having an orgasm increases blood flow and
releases natural pain-relieving chemicals. Sexual activity in women can: -improve bladder control
-reduce incontinence -relieve menstrual and premenstrual cramps
-improve fertility -build stronger pelvic muscles
-help produce more vaginal lubrication -potentially protect you against endometriosis,
or the growing of tissue outside your uterus The act of sex can help strengthen your pelvic
floor. A strengthened pelvic floor can also offer
benefits like less pain during sex and reduced chance of a vaginal prolapse. One study shows that PVI can result in reflexive
vaginal contractions caused by penile thrusting. Women who continue to be sexually active after
menopause are less likely to have significant vaginal atrophy, or the thinning of vaginal
walls. Vaginal atrophy can cause pain during sex
and urinary symptoms. How can sex benefit your mental health? Sexual activity, with a partner or through
masturbation, can provide important psychological and emotional benefits. Like exercise, sex can help reduce stress
and anxiety and increase happiness. Studies suggest that sexual activity (defined
as PVI) may correlate with: -increased satisfaction with your mental health
-increased levels of trust, intimacy, and love in your relationships
-improved ability to perceive, identify, and express emotions
-lessened use of your immature psychological defense mechanism, or the mental processes
to reduce distress from emotional conflict At an older age, sexual activity may affect
your well-being and ability to think. Research found that sexually active adults
between 50 to 90 years old had better memory. They were also less likely to feel depressed
and lonely. Confidence booster: Frequent sexual activity, whether with a partner
or alone, can make you look younger. This is partially due to the release of estrogen
during sex. One study found a correlation between frequent
sexual activity and looking significantly younger (between seven to 12 years younger). The majority of these individuals were also
comfortable expressing their sexuality and sexual identity. Social benefits: Sex can help you connect to your partner,
thanks to oxytocin. Oxytocin can play a role in developing relationships. You may find that consistent, mutual sexual
pleasure helps with bonding within a relationship. Coupled partners often have increased relationship
satisfaction when they fulfill one another's sexual desires. You may find positive growth in your relationship
when you’re able to express yourself and your sexual desires.

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