Sex – it’s not just for reproduction and pleasure; it’s also very good for you!
There are many surprising health benefits to having an active sex life, ranging from better-looking skin to reducing your risk of serious disease. Here are some of the benefits to lovemaking:
Better Relationships – sexual intimacy stimulates the production of hormones, like oxytocin, that help to build feelings of love, trust, and bonding between partners.
Reduces Stress – sex relieves stress and anxiety by stimulating the release of hormones that make you feel good, calm, and relaxed.
Reduces Pain – sex releases hormones that raise your threshold for pain, helping to relieve discomfort from common conditions like headaches, cramps, arthritis, and back pain.
Improves Sleep – the same hormones that relieve stress and pain also help you fall asleep more quickly, sleep longer, and improve the overall quality of your sleep.
Counts as Exercise – intercourse increases your heart rate, engages various muscles, and burns about five calories per minute, which adds up to 150 calories burned in 30 mins. Sex should not replace regular workouts, but it does count as exercise and will help improve your overall health and fitness.
Balances Hormone Levels – regular sex helps to keep your hormone levels in balance, which reduces the risk of many health problems, like osteoporosis and heart disease.
Strengthens Immunity– regular sex helps your body produce more of the antibodies that protect you from the viruses, bacteria, and germs that can make you sick.
Lowers Blood Pressure – sexual intercourse can lower systolic blood pressure and hypertension, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Improves your Appearance – sex stimulates the production of hormones that have many anti-aging effects, such as estrogen and testosterone that keep us youthful and vibrant, and prolactin that lowers internal inflammation to reduce blemishes and puffiness. It also gets the blood flowing, sending oxygen throughout the body, to create that well-known post-sex “glow” and promote the production of collagen.
Boosts Brainpower – studies have indicated that more sex helps you to think more clearly and can improve your memory.
Strengthens your Libido – Having more satisfying sex more can significantly increase your desire; so, the more sex you have, the more you’ll enjoy it.
There are also benefits that are gender-specific.
- For women, orgasms help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which is very important to maintain proper bladder control and avoid incontinence.
- For men, frequent ejaculations have been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
If your sexual life is not what it once was, it is important to learn why because many of the physical conditions that lead to sexual dysfunction can be addressed with the right treatments. Our Sexual Health Specialists can help you identify and treat the root cause of your condition so you can enjoy an active, healthy, satisfying sex life once again.
Sexual Health & Wellness Specialists at Belcara Health
Dr. Andrew London
Dr. Andrew London is a board-certified OBGYN and Women’s Sexual Health Specialist. He helps women improve vaginal health and functionality with a variety of treatments including CO2RE Intima Laser Therapy.
Schedule your private consultation today. Call 410.296.0414 or contact us online.