Usually frowned upon in India, sex and sexuality are a part of life. Not many are aware that an active sex life can be beneficial for your health. Not only does it strengthen the bond between the couple but it also provides a number of added health benefits, from physical and intellectual, to emotional and psychological. Here’s what it can do for you: –
Boosts your Immune System
In a study conducted in people who were in a romantic relationship, people who had sex once or twice a week had more Immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva. People who had sex less than once a week had significantly less IgA.
IgA is the antibody that plays an important role in preventing illnesses and is the first line of defense against HPV or human papillomavirus. So, an active sex leads to more IgA, giving you better protection from illnesses.
Oxytocin, also called the “love” hormone, is released along with endorphins during an orgasm. A combination of these two hormones can act as a sedative. A better sleep furthers benefits your health by contributing to a stronger immune system. Better sleep also leads a longer life span and makes you feel well-rested and energized for the rest of the day.
Helps control blood pressure
Research has shown that sexual intercourse lowers the systolic blood pressure. Also, an active sex life is good for your heart. It raises your heart rate and helps in keeping the estrogen and testosterone levels in the balance. According to one of the studies, men who have rarely had sex were more likely to die of a heart attack than men who had sex at least twice a week.
Reduces the chance of Prostate cancer
Studies have shown that men who had sex at an average of 4 to 7 times a week were 36% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Sex can even affect mortality in men, with a 10 year study reporting a 50% lower mortality risk in men who had sex more than twice a week compared with those who had sex less often.
A number of health benefits for women
For women, there is a number of health benefits associated with an active sex life. Having sex regularly increases blood flow and helps release natural pain relieving chemicals. Sexual activity in women can help relieve menstrual and premenstrual cramps, improve bladder control, improve fertility, build stronger pelvic muscles, and potentially protect against endometriosis. Also, those women who continue to remain sexually active even after menopause are less likely to have vaginal atrophy.
Provides a full body workout
While having sex, the body uses 657 muscles.Now compare this with texting which uses 38 and sprinting which uses 99 muscles. This means that sex provides your body with a full body workout, but it should at least last more than 30 minutes or more to be beneficial.
Sex is an important part of life – not only does it provides health benefits like reduced risk of heart diseases; it also plays a significant role in the bonding of couples. Sex is just another way of improving your life’s quality.