Whether you are bonding in a relationship or just enjoying the physical pleasures of sex, healthy sex is good for you. Sex stimulates the production of oxytocin, which is frequently called the love hormone for obvious reasons. This hormone stimulates the bonding that occurs with sexual partners and also improves the sleep. The hormone releases during orgasm, which is one reason partners doze off after sex. It provides relief from pain and more intimacy. There are other health benefits that occur during an orgasm.
Sex helps lower blood pressure.
It may not be just the orgasm, but the activity that promotes this one. Many different studies showed that after having sexual relations, the systolic—the top number—blood pressure lowered. It occurred during intercourse, but not during masturbation, which also involves orgasm, but doesn’t involve the physical activity of sex between two individuals. That means it counts as part of your exercise program, too.
You see a heart beside the word sex and it doesn’t mean love.
While love may play a role in sex, this heart means it’s heart healthy. It raises your heart rate and helps balance the hormones estrogen and testosterone appropriately. An imbalance in these two hormones can create problems ranging from osteoporosis to heart disease. A study compared men who had relations twice a week to those who rarely had it and found those who were more active in the bedroom had half the incidence of heart disease.
Sex is a stress buster.
Stress can create so many health problems if left unchecked. At one time, when life was simpler, the fight or flight response saved lives. Your mind triggered the creation of stress hormones that prepared your body to fight or run if it saw a predator and the hormones were burnt away by the activity. Today, stressful situations often don’t warrant running or fighting or offices across the nation would be empty or in disarray. The hormones remain creating changes that cause illness. Exercise and stress burns them off and gets you back to normal.
- Sex can help women with bladder control by strengthening the pelvic floor.
- Having sex may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. One study showed that men who ejaculated at least 21 times per month had a far lower risk for prostate cancer. Ejaculation, whether with a partner, without or during night emissions was only necessary.
- Sex gives your immune system a boost. It stimulates the creation of antibodies that fight germs, viruses and other disease causing microbes.
- Even though sex is healthy, it’s important to remember not all sex is healthy if you or your partner has an STD. Condoms are important if you’re unsure of your partner’s STD status or yours.