Health Benefits of Sex

When Professor Franssen mentioned that we were going to do research on how sex affects our stressful lives it felt uncomfortable to hear that in class.  After reading and learning the benefits of a healthy sex life it made sense that is an important topic to talk about.  On the WebMD website the following caught my attention:  “Joy Davidson, PhD, a New York psychologist and sex therapist. ‘Of course, sex is everywhere in the media,’ she says. ‘But the idea that we are vital, sexual creatures is still looked at in some cases with disgust or in other cases a bit of embarrassment. So to really take a look at how our sexuality adds to our life and enhances our life and our health, both physical and psychological, is eye-opening for many people.’”  Here I have included some links to the full article about the topic.

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

1. Relieves Stress – lower blood pressure.
2. Boosts Immunity – “Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.”
3. Burns Calories – “Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more.”
4. Improves Cardiovascular Health – “In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, scientists found frequency of sex was not associated with stroke in the 914 men they followed for 20 years.”
5. Boosts Self-Esteem – Gina Ogden, PhD, a sex therapist and marriage and family therapist in Cambridge, Mass., says: “Great sex begins with self-esteem, and it raises it. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it.”
6. Improves Intimacy – Increase of oxytocin hormone (helps us bond and trust).
7. Reduces Pain – As oxytocin increases so do endorphins, which decrease pain.
8. Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk – “Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life, Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology International.”
9. Strengthens Pelvic Floor Muscles – “For women, doing a few pelvic floor muscle exercises known as Kegels during sex offers a couple of benefits. You will enjoy more pleasure, and you’ll also strengthen the area and help to minimize the risk of incontinence later in life.”
10. Helps You Sleep Better – “The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, according to research.”

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