10 surprising health benefits of sex
There is more to sex than just making babies. It’s also a great way to maintain a healthier you. Find out what are the 10 health benefits of sex here…
1. Reduce stress
Energy is released when you reach orgasm. At the same time, the Big-O decreases your blood pressure, releasing both mental and physical stress.
2. Burn calories
Sex uses up the same amount of energy as working out in the gym, but it’s more fun! You can burn up to 100 calories in half an hour.
3. Strengthen your relationship
Don’t leave bed right after you both finish having sex. Stay in with your spouse and make small talk as you both cuddle up together. Pillow talk is a good stress reliever as well.
4. Better sleep
When you orgasm, stress relief hormones such as oxytocin and endorphins are released into your system. They are also known as ‘sleep promoters’.
5. Fights prostate cancer
The prostate is a gland in a man’s reproductive system that produces semen to guide sperm into a woman’s cervix during an ejaculation. A man who ejaculates on a regular basis reduces the risk of prostate cancer; as it may also helps flush away cells that may develop into cancer.
6. Strengthens the heart
Sex is a good cardiovascular exercise. It improves blood circulation to the heart and stabilizes blood pressure when you reach orgasm.
7. Reduces pain
If you are suffering from a headache or premenstrual tension, your partner can provide you with the best natural painkiller. Hormones are released into your system when you orgasm, easing the pain. Semen also contains chemical substances that are known to be natural antidepressants. It’s great for women who are likely to suffer from depression.
8. Improves self-image
It’s important to feel good about yourself as it influences your social and work life. Having sex with the person you love and who gives you what you need can be a great confidence booster.
9. Boosts immune system
Having sex at least twice a week helps your body release a hormone called immunoglobulin. It protects you from getting colds and other infections.
10. Slows down aging
Apart from being a great cardiovascular workout and mental health, sex is a great way to stay young. Your muscles in the arms, legs and abdomen contract during orgasms, making them stronger and firmer. This ‘exercise’ prevents muscles from flagging and your skin from sagging, as you get older.