What are the Health Benefits of Sex

Sex is not just for pleasure, procreation and fun; it’s also part of a healthy lifestyle. Here are seven reasons to have sex for the health of it, and notice that you don’t need another person to reap the rewards!  While the timing may be the biggest problem in your morning routine – getting ready for work and get to work as fast as possible – several minutes of morning sex can keep you looking and feeling young, healthy and high during everyday. According to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, 18 to 29 have sex on average 112 times a year, children 30 to 39 years an average of 86 times per year, and children 40 to 49 half of 69 times per year. 58 percent of sexual encounters occur at night 11 pm-01 am on Saturdays and Sundays, while a smaller percentage takes place at 6 am on Monday morning, says an article published in the daily circadian rhythms.

Read: Reasons Why You Should Have Sex Daily

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Benefits of Sex

It turns out that an apple a day isn’t the only thing to keep the doctor away; sex has a long and extensive repertoire of health benefits also. While we have nothing against apples, we know a lot of people who would prefer to get their health kick from some intimate time between the sheets, and oh boy, does this provide a health kick! Here are the eight health benefits of sex.

1. Better sleep. Rolling over and going to sleep after sex is one of nature’s gifts. According to research, you have 15-20 minutes of cuddle time before the oxytocin kicks in.

2.  Kissing, cuddling, and hugging can help relieve stress too.  Studies show that couples that kiss, cuddle, and touch more are less depressed and stressed than their non-touchy feely counterparts.  In fact, couples that kiss a lot are eight times less likely to be stressed! 10 Biggest Secrets to a Happy Married Life. Keep the smooching going ladies, especially in the tough stressful times.

3. Lower Blood Pressure. More frequent sex is linked with lower diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) in a study published in the journal Biological Psychology. An experiment also found that people who are sexually active experience less dramatic blood pressure spikes while under stress.

4. Lower the Risk of Cancer. Some of the most intriguing findings suggest that frequent sex can lower the risk of some types of cancer. A 2004 study of 29,000 male health professionals in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that those who reported having the most frequent ejaculations like 21 or more a month had a much lower risk of prostate cancer than those reporting four to seven per month.

5. Improves Women’s Bladder Control. A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives. Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.

6. Lower Stress. Scientists in Scotland carried out a study to see how well 24 women and 22 men coped under pressure. The study found that those with a healthy sex life who had recently had sex were less stressed when asked to deliver a public speech than those who hadn’t had sex. A separate study carried out by scientists in an Arizona state university found that of the 58 middle-aged women [Cougar Dating Tips For Older Woman with Younger Men] who took part in the survey, those who had recent and regular sex had significantly lower levels of stress and a significantly higher mood the next day.

7. Reduces Erectile Dysfunction. Turns out there’s truth to the old saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” A study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that men who had sex more than once a week were less likely to experience erectile dysfunction as they aged. If that’s not motivation to bump uglies more often, we don’t know what is.

8. Natural Pain Killer. Oxytocin also increases endorphins and decreases pain, particularly that of headaches — which means that your old backpocket headache excuse isn’t going to cut it anymore. Further, a romp in the sack also accelerates the healing of wounds — even stubborn sores such as those suffered by diabetics by regenerating certain cells, so consider sex an excellent prescriptive cure.