Not only does sex feel good, it is good. Good for your body, your mind, and your relationships. At Men’s Pharmacy, we’ve done our research, and compiled a list of facts around how sex effects you and your health, and almost all of them are beneficial! As if you needed more than one reason to get frisky..
1) Regular sex boosts your immune system
According to researchers, there’s a link between how often you have sex and the strength of your immune system.
“Sexually active people take fewer sick days” – Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD, a sexual health expert
Researchers at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania found students who had sex on a weekly basis had more antibodies in their systems than students who weren’t as sexually active.
That’s not to say that sex is all you need, however! You should still be eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep to keep yourself fighting fit. There’s definitely worse excuses than to do it for your health though, right?
2) Sex is good for the heart
In a study of 10,000 men over the course of five years, it was found that those who felt “loved and supported” by their significant other had a lower chance of developing angina.
With feelings of love and support being apart of a healthy sexual relationship we felt it important to include this one – as the reduced risk of angina was even apparent in those with other risk factors such as being older.
One of many other studies also suggests a link between sex and lower blood pressure.
Good news for your ticker all round!
Okay, this one probably isn’t really that surprising – but sex does count as exercise. It probably won’t beat a session at the gym, but it counts for something.
Sex can get hot and sweaty, as with any workout, but it depends on how passionately you do it. Studies have shown that the peak heart rate during sex is similar to light exercise and with adults needing an average of two and a half hours worth of exercise every week to stay in shape, you’ll probably still need to hit the gym on occasion unless you’re managing 150 minutes worth of orgasms on a weekly basis.
4) Sex is great for stress
Stress is bad. We all know that, but we might not all really know the implications of stress. Stress can cause all kinds of problems such as depression, anxiety, headaches, and accelerated ageing to name a few. But there’s evidence that sex, and generally being close to your partner can trigger the release of chemicals in the brain that fights stress.
Dopamine – A neurotransmitter that helps regulate movement and emotional responses
Oxytocin – Known as the ‘love hormone’
Endorphins – The body’s natural painkiller hormone
Post-orgasm, the hormone Prolactin is released giving us that sleepy, relaxed feeling.
With all of this going on behind the scenes, it’s no wonder sex is a great stress reliever! It also helps in so many other ways
5) Elevated pain threshold
Like we mentioned earlier, there’s a lot of chemicals and brain stuff happening behind the scenes of lust and sexual activity.
Especially with the endorphins being released, it’s no wonder some like it a little rougher in the bedroom! Studies have shown that sexual stimulation significantly increased an individuals threshold to pain – and this is likely why.
6) It makes you more attractive
Due to the pheromones released during sex, high sexual activity actually produces enough chemicals that increase your appeal to the opposite sex. It also has a plumping effect on your skin, helping to smooth out wrinkles and give you a healthy glow, in turn, making you look better.
This makes sense when you think of healthy relationship involving regular sex – the more you have sex with your partner, the stronger your desire to sleep with them again will be, and this leads to a great cycle of orgasms for everyone involved, (hopefully).
You know that feeling that you don’t get any attention from the opposite sex until you’re actually in a committed relationship? Well, this could explain that. Not the worst problem to have though, I guess.