6 Health Benefits Of Sex You Have To Know Today
Sex is my favourite topic of discussion. So much so that I find myself having passionate discussions, on the existence of G-spot and the health benefits of sex, with someone I met on a plane.Sometimes, I forget that I was in the office cafeteria for a coffee, and start talking to the server about the ubiquity of homosexuality in nature – in so many more species.
Just to be clear: I am not a sex-crazed pervert. I am only someone who has done so much research on sexual health and functions across all species, that to date it has me gobsmacked! How did Adam and Eve figure out how it is done? Maybe they saw the animals doing it? Then, where did the animals learn it from? There are just so many questions! Do you get my predicament now?
Truth is- sex is more than just a game of poke-a-hole. It is biology, chemistry, physics, sociology, psychology, and everything else combined together into a surreal concoction. That’s not even all. There are innumerable health benefits of sex as well- which automatically means that there are several health benefits of being sexually active.
Without much ado, here are 6 health benefits of sex you have to know today (that I’m obviously pleased to share):
1. Sex gives a quick boost to your immune system
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If you’re wondering whether sex is good for health or not, then here’s the answer: YES, IT IS!
Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found, during their research, that participants who indulged in sex regularly took less sick days than those who didn’t. These students were also found to have higher levels of a specific antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), than the others. It doesn’t end there. Scientists believe that this may be because of the increased exposure to pathogens that happens when 2 individuals have sex. This leads to an amplified production of IgA in the body, which in turn, protects from cold and flu. Researchers put the optimum amount of sex to about 2 twice a week.
2. Sex is great for your libido
You know what happens to instruments that lie around unused for years? They rust. Same goes for your libido (even though it doesn’t exactly rust). It’s like this – if you don’t have sex, then your libido will take a tumble. If your libido falls, then you won’t have sex all the more. This is what they call a ‘negative feedback loop’. Break this cycle and stay sharp on the libido front by putting in a little effort towards sexual activities – even if it isn’t full-blown penetration. Snog a little! By the way, here are the 10 things you should give up if you want to have mind-blowing sex forever.
3. Sex – benefits for men
Sex is good for your heart! A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology looked at men in their 50s and noted that those who had sex twice a week had a 45 per cent diminished risk of heart disease, compared to those who had it less frequently. Just as any mild to moderate exercise can be beneficial to the heart (such as walking, climbing up a flight of stairs), sex too can have the same favourable effects on the body, especially for men, as the study established. But experts also present a disclaimer: In people with a history of heart disease, it must be ensured that any activity causing discomfort (including sex) must be avoided at all costs. But, the health benefits of sex for men don’t end here. As per Medical News Today, “Research led by Michael Leitzmann, from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, and published in JAMA, discovered that men who ejaculated 21 times per month or more were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who ejaculated between four and seven times per month.” The researchers speculate that there may be 2 reasons behind this. Firstly, ejaculation may help drain out carcinogens and other undesirable materials along with the prostate fluid. Secondly, regular drainage of the prostate gland also prevents crystalloid microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium salts), that have been linked to prostate cancer. Oh, and here is something for all the men out there: Click here to know the best positions to hit the G-spot.
4. Sex – benefits for women
Don’t lose hope, ladies! A study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour found that women who enjoyed sex in later years, between ages 57 and 85 years, are less likely to have hypertension. In another study, it was noted hugging helped keep blood pressure levels in check. Since high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke and heart attack in an individual, sex certainly seems like the way to go.
What’s more: Orgasms are like an exercise for your pelvic core muscles. These are the muscles that often get weakened in women who develop urinary incontinence. So, for women who face the following – childbirth, pregnancy, menopause, hysterectomy, or neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease – sex could help tone and strengthen the pelvic core and help alleviate urinary incontinence. Click here to know the 5 habits that can drastically help improve every woman’s sex life.
5. Sex helps control blood pressure
According to the World Health Organisation, hypertension affects roughly 1.13 billion people worldwide, and only 1 in 5 of these people have it in control. If you are one of these 1.13 billion, then I’ve got good news. Several studies in the past have linked intercourse to a lower blood pressure. But that doesn’t mean that sex can be used to replace your medication. Instead, take your medication, follow a healthy diet, get some exercise…and have loads of sex with your partner.
6. Sex improves sleep
Well, this one isn’t a surprise, especially if you’re a woman whose partner dozes off seconds after an orgasm, when all you want to do is cuddle and talk. Turns out- it’s not entirely their fault. The process of orgasm leads to a release of prolactin, a hormone that acts as a natural sleep aid. It encourages feelings of relaxation and drowsiness. So, if you cannot sleep tonight – you know what to do.
Here are a few bonus health benefits of sex – it is a great stress reliever, it helps burn those extra calories (up to 108 calories every 30 minutes), and builds intimacy in a relationship. So, find some time in your schedule, add it to your calendar, and get lovemaking!