Obviously, sex is good all by itself. If it wasn’t, humans would have gone extinct a long time ago. It’s a major part of bonding with your significant other and can create a flurry of feel-good hormones that will make you feel like you’re walking on air. You probably already know all this, but what you might not realize is just how much having a good sex life plays into your overall wellness. Here’s a quick look at nine different ways having sex can make you healthier.
1. It Boosts Your Immune System
Antibodies are responsible for helping you fight off everything from the common cold to infection-causing bacteria. In scientific studies, people who are sexually active have repeatedly been shown to have higher levels of antibodies than those who are not. Interestingly, sexually active women also have higher Type 1 T-cell counts just before ovulation. Type 1 T-cells are often referred to as “helper cells” because they help fight off nasty bugs too. Evolutionary scientists believe our bodies do this by design, to help ensure that if a pregnancy occurs, the parents are healthy.
2. It Reduces Your Blood Pressure
Sure, your heart may be racing in the moment, but overall, people with healthy sex lives have lower blood pressure. Some studies have even shown that systolic blood pressure is only reduced when you’re with a partner- you won’t get the same benefits from “flying solo.” Experts believe it’s because the reduction is brought on by higher levels of oxytocin, which is generated during orgasm. It’s also thought of as the love or bonding hormone, so it only makes sense that oxytocin levels would be higher when the experience is shared.
3. It’s Exercise
Sex is the all-in-one workout. You’re working lots of different muscles and getting in cardio. According to Men’s Health, men can count on burning about 100 calories, while women burn roughly 69 in the average romp. This also means that it comes with all the benefits that exercise does as well, although it can’t totally replace the need for other forms of fitness.
4. It Reduces Stress
The surge of oxytocin that comes with orgasm doesn’t just make you feel good, it actually blocks cortisol, the stress hormone. The endorphins released also improve mood overall. Interestingly, the stress-reduction benefits carry on for quite a while, keeping stress and anxiety at bay for days at a time.
5. It Improves Sleep
We all know that sleep is imperative for overall health, but it can sometimes be elusive. Women tend to benefit more from the lowered levels of cortisol after sex because the reduced stress makes it easier to relax and rest. At the same time, estrogen rises, which encourages a deeper sleep. On the other hand, men usually start to feel fatigued right after sex due to a rise in prolactin. Either way, it can help you catch more sleep.
6. It Makes Your Skin Glow
A healthy sex life can actually make you look younger by improving the way your skin looks. The so-called “morning afterglow” is a real thing, brought on by a flush of blood that comes with arousal and all the feel-good hormones that are created.
7. It’s a Natural Pain Reliever
“Not tonight. I have a headache,” is no excuse. Orgasm can actually deaden the pain. It’s been shown effective with all sorts of things, from a common headache to menstrual cramps. This is because of the endorphins that the brain releases, which are natural painkillers.
8. It Reduces Cancer Risk
New research is emerging that suggests frequent ejaculation is linked with a reduced risk for prostate cancer. In one study, it was determined that men who got a release at least 21 times in a month reduced their risk of prostate cancer by three-fourths. Although scientists aren’t certain why this is, they think it might be related to removing toxins from the body. For women, the threshold is much lower. Researchers concluded that the risk of breast cancer declined as long as the woman had sex at least once per month.
9. It Makes Your Heart Healthier
Regular sex helps keep your hormones balanced, which leads to better heart health. Of course, the increased exercise and reduced stress play a role as well. Studies have shown that the more often people have sex, the less likely they are to suffer from a heart disease-related issue like a heart attack or stroke.
Need to Give Your Love Life a Boost?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects somewhere between 15-30 million Americans and can lead to a non-existent sex life, as well as rob men and their partners of all the health and bonding benefits that come with it. At the same time, millions of women struggle with low sex drives and medical complications that can make sex feel unfulfilling. Thankfully, both these issues can be treated or minimized with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy, a non-invasive and natural way to coax the body into being more responsive and sensitive. For men, the P-Shot can even increase size and girth. For women, the O-Shot decreases dryness helps with incontinence and improves orgasms too. To schedule your consultation or appointment, complete our online form or call 816-207-4119 today.