I spend so much of my time teaching about the negative consequences of sex. Even though I try and mention a sex positive comment or two, it still ends up sounding more negative than positive. So I decided to check out some of the proven health benefits of sex that I may not be aware of. Yes, I know it is good exercise (30 minutes averages 85 calories or more depending how energetic you are) and makes you feel closer to your partner (intimate contact and orgasm releases oxytocin, otherwise known as the love hormone). It can be a great sleep aid, lowers blood pressure and relieves stress. But what else? According to WebMD there are several health benefits I didn’t know about:
• Sex Boosts Your Immunity Having sex at once or twice a week increases an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or lgA. This can help prevent you from getting colds and other infections.
• Sex Improves Heart Health Researchers found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the rate of having a fatal heart attack by half for men, compared to those who had sex less than once a month. Sex can lower blood pressure and has not been proven to cause a stroke.
• Sex Reduces Pain As oxytocin is released during sex, endorphins increase and pain decreases. So it’s not just that you get distracted. PMS? Headache? Sore muscles? You know the cure!
• Sex Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk Frequent ejaculation – especially in men in their twenties (5 or more a week) and 21 or more a month in older men – have been linked to lower rates of prostate cancer.
• Sex Strengthens Pelvic Floor Muscles Think Kegels. Think bladder control. Tighten, hold. Good for you and feels good too!
So as more research is done on the positive aspects of sex, orgasm and ejaculation, the more reasons there are to celebrate the joys of frequent, safe (I had to add that in) sex.