7 Health Benefits of Sex that are Totally Unexpected
Sex and sexuality can be a big deal for many people, with issues surrounding intimacy and sexual activity proving to be of huge importance to our lives and wellbeing. However, sex doesn’t have to be overlooked with more scientific studies than ever proving that sexual activity is beneficial for our physical, intellectual, emotional and psychological well-being.
That’s right, doing the deed can help support and enrich the modern man in many areas of our lives, outside the bedroom – we decided to investigate and collated a list of 7 of the most unexpected health benefits of sex. You’re welcome!
To Reduce Stress
Sex has been a proven method of alleviating stress with heaps of scientific studies that have explored the physical and psychological changes in men and women, following sex. When we have sex, the body releases a spectrum of endorphins and hormones which boost our mood and help us feel relaxed. Sex also lowers ‘cortisol’ a stress-related hormone. Such studies have shown that people put into stressful situations following sex the previous night, were able to deal with a stressful scenario much better, than those who had not.
To Boost your Immune
Immunoglobulin is a protein based antibody produced by our clever plasma cells. This antibody helps our immune system protect against bacteria and viruses. A research conducted by Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, found that having sex twice a week boosts Immunoglobulin by 20%. This means that the more we have sex, the more we boost our immune system and enhance our chances of dodging that office cold.
To Kill Pain
You know those endorphins we mentioned earlier? Well one particular endorphin, known as Oxytocin or ‘the love hormone’ does not only help elevate moods but also acts as the body’s natural painkiller. During orgasm Oxytocin is released from the brain in a huge surge and can reduce pain by up to a third in a matter of minutes. This natural pain-killer has been used to treat back pain, migraines and arthritis.
To Lower Blood Pressure
Talking of the ‘love hormone’, Oxytocin also has a direct effect on lowering the blood pressure following orgasm. This is a particularly important health benefit for those who struggle with high blood-pressure and so consequently may reduce the risk of heart problems and diabetes. Winner, winner!
For a Healthy Heart
Exercise has many important and essential health benefits and sex is technically classed as a form of aerobic exercise which can improve your wellbeing. The continuous, rhythmic fashion of sex makes for some impressive cardio and can improve long-term heart health if done on the regular. The NHS claims that having heart disease or heart problems should not hold you back in the bedroom and that many specialists advise that having sex is beneficial to get your heart racing and keep you healthy. Side-note: The NHS also advises that sex is not enough exercise alone and must be done alongside other modes of exercise to keep healthy!
To Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer
Medical and scientific research has shown that frequent, ahem, ejaculation can reduce a man’s risk of prostate cancer. The Boston University of Public Health ran the ‘ejaculation study’ of 18 years and found that Men ages between 40 to 49 who ejaculated at least 21 times per month reduced their risk of developing prostate cancer by 22 percent. Be right back, just checking if they have any vacancies…
For a Better Sleep
Sex and sleep have forever worked in partnership. Studies have proven that sex helps you sleep and more sleep helps boost your sex-drive. That ‘love hormone’ I mentioned before? Well that has been proven to help you relax you and provide a better, deeper sleep once released. Whereas, the hormone ‘prolactin’ which is released following sex can cause you to feel relaxed and ready-to-sleep.