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- Regular Sex Will Reduce Anxiety And Depression.
Studies have shown that sex reduces overall stress levels through changes in stress related blood pressure. In fact, some studies have shown that contact with semen can act like an antidepressant for women however overall sex is shown to lead to higher rates of contentment and generally positive for mental health.
- A Natural Pain Relief.
‘Getting it on’ floods our bodies with hormones that also have a handy side effect of reducing pain. Sex releases serotonin, endorphins and phenylethylamine that are known to induce feelings of euphoria, pleasure and elation, all great ways to forget about aches and pains. There have been studies that have shown links between sex and a reduction in pain from rheumatoid arthritis as well as having the ability to stop migraines.
- Get A Better Night’s Sleep.
In order to achieve the ‘Big O’ we need to feel safe, comfortable and relaxed so as you get ready to orgasm, you are already primed to slip into a snooze straight away. However after sex your brain releases some pretty powerful hormones like norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin that trigger an urge to cuddle up with your significant other and fall asleep. While is a cliché that men fall sleep straight after the deed is done, there is some science to it. The prefrontal cortex, or the part of the brain that interprets and responds to new information has been proven to slow right down immediately following an orgasm in men, leading to a quick decent into sleep.
- Lower Your Risk For Heart Disease
This is especially excellent news for men – studies have shown a strong link between sex and a lower risk for of stroke and coronary heart disease. This study showed that men who had sex once a month were 45 percent more likely to develop a cardiovascular disease than those men who hit the sheets more often. This may be due to the positive effects sex has on blood pressure. Spikes in testosterone following sexual activity can help lower blood pressure and prevent diseases.
- Lowers The Risk Of Prostate Cancer
Another bonus for the guys, while the links between frequent ejaculation and reduced disease risks still up for debate, some quality studies have shown that frequent ejaculations in men over 50 years old decrease their risk of prostate cancer.
- Regulates Menstruation
This one is for the ladies, heterosexual intercourse a couple of times a week can help keep your periods on schedule. Not only that but one study showed that women exposed to male sweat had small changes to their luteinizing hormone which controls menstruation.
- Ramps Up Your Brain-Power
A study on rats showed that the sexually active rodents experienced an increase in neurons in the hippocampus in comparison to the celibate ones. This is the section of the brain that stores memories. A recent study from the University of Amsterdam found links between sex and improvements in people’s analytical thinking.
- For Physical Fitness
Everyone knows that sex is basically a sport – just half an hour in bed with your significant other can burn through 144 calories. Regular sex is a workout and can improve your overall fitness. In turn, your overall fitness can improve your sexual stamina so it’s a win-win!
- A Safer Pregnancy
A protein found in semen called HLG-A helps support a women’s immune system and lower the possibility of pregnancy related issues. Frequent sexual intercourse has been known to reduce the risk of preeclampsia which causes swelling in the feet and ankles, headaches, nausea or seizures.
- It Makes Getting Pregnant Easier
And not just for the ways you might think. An Australian Fertility centre conducted a study that concluded that men who ejaculated daily for seven days produced a higher quality sperm at the end of the week. The sperm spent less time in the testicular ducts and so were less damaged over time. Sperm can undergo DNA fragmentation that reduces its success at fertilising an egg. At the end of the 7 days, the mens sperm fragmentation rates dropped from 34 percent to 26 percent for a healthier, more productive sperm.