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Sex is not only pleasurable, did you know it’s also good for you? It’s true. The benefits of sex range from slashing stress levels to lowering your risk of cancer and heart attacks. Sex facilitates bonding and feelings of intimacy with your partner. This kind of connectedness does more than make you feel warm and fuzzy, it actually reduces anxiety and boosts your overall health.
  • Helps keep your immune system humming: “Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often. You should still do all the other things that make your immune system happy.
  • Boosts your libido: Longing for a more lively sex life? “Having sex will make sex better and will improve your libido,” says Lauren Streicher, MD. For women, having sex ups vaginal lubrication, blood flow, and elasticity, she says, all of which make sex feel better and help you crave more of it.
  • Improves women’s bladder control: A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives. Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Lowers your blood pressure: Research suggests a link between sex and lower blood pressure, says Joseph J. Pinzone, MD. He is CEO and medical director of Amai Wellness. “There have been many studies,” he says. “One landmark study found that sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure.”
  • Counts as exercise: “Sex is a really great form of exercise,” Pinzone says. Sex uses about five calories per minute. It gives you a one-two punch: It bumps up your heart rate and uses various muscles. “Like with exercise, consistency helps maximize the benefits,” Pinzone says.
  • Lowers heart attack risk: A good sex life is good for your heart. Besides being a great way to raise your heart rate, sex helps keep your estrogen and testosterone levels in balance. “When either one of those is low you begin to get lots of problems, like osteoporosis and even heart disease,” Pinzone says.
  • Lessens pain: “Orgasm can block pain,” says Barry R. Komisaruk, PhD, a distinguished service professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. It releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold. “We’ve found that vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain, and many women have told us that genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headache,” Komisaruk says.
  • May make prostate cancer less likely: Going for the gusto may help ward off prostate cancer. Men who ejaculated frequently (at least 21 times a month) were less likely to get prostate cancer during one study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Improves sleep: You may nod off more quickly after sex, and for good reason.“After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness” after sex, says Sheenie Ambardar, MD.
  • Eases Stress: Being close to your partner can soothe stress and anxiety. Ambardar says touching and hugging can release your body’s natural “feel-good hormone.” Sexual arousal releases a brain chemical that drives your brain’s pleasure and reward system. Sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem and happiness, too, Ambardar says.

Source: WebMD

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