Apart from sexual pleasure and satisfaction, there are other ways in which sex is beneficial. Sex has a number of healths benefits as discussed below.
1. Sex helps in boosting one’s immunity
Sex has been found to be effective in helping protect someone from certain common diseases. It improves one’s immunity against pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. A previous research which was conducted at Wilkes University showed that the subjects who had more sex had higher levels of a particular antibody compared to those who had less sex.
2. Sex helps in burning calories
Sex is a workout that is helpful in burning calories. According to menshealth.com, men burn 100 calories in an average sex session while women burn 69 calories in an average session of sexual activity. The number of calories burned during sex has been equated to that burned after a 30-minute jog. Sex is therefore one of the ways to shed off an extra pound.
3. Sex helps in strengthening the pelvic muscles
Sex is beneficial to women as it helps strengthen the pelvic muscles. When one or-gasms during sex, the pelvic muscles contract and this helps strengthen them. Strong pelvic muscles are consequently helpful in preventing incontinence. Inconti-nence is a condition where one cannot voluntarily control the process of urination due to problems with the bladder.
4. Sex helps in lowering the blood pressure
Studies have shown that sex helps in lowering blood pressure. One such study has revealed that engaging in sexual intercourse helps reduce systolic blood pressure. Orgasms help lower blood pressure. Sex in itself is a form of aerobic exercises and aerobic exercises help in lowering blood pressure.
5. Sex helps in relieving pain
Orgasms have been found to be helpful in relieving pain. During an orgasm, hor-mones which help in suppressing pain are released. Sex has been found to help re-lieve one of backaches and leg pains. It can also help in relieving arthritic pain and menstrual cramps.
6. Sex lowers the risk of getting heart diseases and bone related diseases
Sex helps in maintaining a balance of testosterone and estrogen hormones. When the level of either of these hormones is low in the body, one may become more sus-ceptible to heart diseases and bone diseases like osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones weaken and waste away.
7. Sex lowers the risk of prostate cancer
Sex has been found to be helpful in lowering the risk of getting prostate cancer. Ac-cording to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, men who ejaculated at least 21 times in a month were less likely to suffer from pros-tate cancer. Frequent sex can therefore lower the risk of prostate cancer in men.
8. Sex helps in better sleep
Orgasms help in improving sleep. Following sex, a hormone known as oxytocin is released. Oxytocin has a sedative effect and results into better sleep. One may fall asleep after sex because of the effects of oxytocin in their body.
9. Sex helps in lowering stress
Orgasms during sex result in the release of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones which help one to feel good. Production of endorphins following orgasm is therefore helpful in relieving stress.
10. Other benefits
Sex also other benefits. These include lowering the risk of getting endometriosis in women, decreasing the possibility of vaginal atrophy following menopause, and helping in keeping the vagina lubricated. Sex also helps in improving one’s mental wellbeing thereby lowering the risk of psychiatric illness. Sex also helps improve re-lationships when partners get to satisfy each other’s sexual needs.