6 surprising health benefits of sex...

The health benefits of sex extend well beyond the bedroom. It turns out sex is good for you in ways you may never have imagined. The benefits aren’t just anecdotal or hearsay – each of these 6 health benefits of sex is backed by scientific scrutiny.

Sex Relieves Stress
A big health benefit of sex is lower blood pressure and overall stress reduction. Researchers subjected volunteers to stressful situations – such as speaking in public and doing verbal arithmetic – and noted their blood pressure response to stress. Those who had intercourse within the prior 24 hours, had better responses to stress than those who abstained. Another study published in the same journal found that frequent intercourse was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure in cohabiting participants. Yet another research found a link between partner hugs and lower blood pressure in women.

Sex Boosts Immunity
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of antibody called immunoglobin A or lgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. Scientists at Wilkes University, took samples of saliva, which contains lgA, from 112 college students who reported the frequency of sex they had. Those in the “frequent” group – once or more a week – had higher levels of lgA than those in the other groups – who were abstinent or had sex less than once a week.

Sex Improves Cardiovascular Health
Whilst some older folks may worry that the efforts expended during sex could cause a stroke, that is not so, according to English researchers. 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. And the heart health benefits of sex don’t end there. The researchers also found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attacks by half for the men, compared with those who had sex less than once a month.

Sex Reduces Pain
As the hormone oxytocin surges, endorphins increase and pain declines. So if your headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex, you can thank those higher oxytocin levels. In a study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, 48 volunteers who inhaled oxytocin vapour and then had their fingers pricked lowered their pain threshold by more than half.

Sex Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk
Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, can reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life, Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology International. When they followed men diagnosed with prostate cancer and those without, they found no association of prostate cancer with the number of sexual partners as the men reached their 30s, 40s and 50s. 

But they found men who had five or more ejaculations weekly while in their 20s reduced their risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third. Another study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that frequent ejaculations, 21 or more a month, were linked to lower prostate cancer risk in older men, as well, compared with less frequent ejaculations of four to seven monthly.

Sex Helps You Sleep Better
The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, according to research. And getting enough sleep has been linked with a host of other good things, such as maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure. Something to think about, especially if you have been wondering why your guy can be active one minute and snoring the next.

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