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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Ten health benefits of Sex
Medical News Todayprovide the low-down on the top evidence-based health benefits of sex.The story was written by Hannah Nichols and published in April. For the full story go to the link Medical News Today
1) Improves immunity
Participating in sex one to two times per week appears to be the optimum frequency to boost the immune system, according toresearchpublished inPsychological Reports.
Scientists can test how tough our immune systems are by measuring levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) in saliva and mucosal linings.
For those of you who have sex more or less frequently than the optimal amount, fear not. According to anotherstudyby Charnetski, petting a dog can also significantly raise IgA.
2) Good for the heart
Physical activities that exercise the heart are good for your health, and this includes sex. Being sexually aroused increases heart rate, with the number of beats per minute peaking during orgasm.Men who have regular sex are 45 percent less likely to develop heart disease.
Men, in particular, have been shown to benefit from the effect of sex on the heart. More research is currently needed to draw connections between specific cardiovascular conditions and sex, particularly for women and older adults.
3) Lowers blood pressure
Researchconducted by Michigan State University and published in theJournal of Health and Social Behaviorfound that sex in later years might reduce the risk ofhigh blood pressure- at least for women.
Women in the study aged between 57 and 85 years who found sex pleasurable or satisfying were less likely to havehypertension. However, male study participants who had sex once per week or more were twice as likely to experience heart problems than men who were sexually inactive.
In men, high blood pressure can lead toerectile dysfunctionand in women, high blood pressure can lower libido and reduce interest in sex. It is considered safe to have sex if you have high blood pressure. However, if you are concerned or are having problems in the bedroom, seek advice from your doctor.
4) Relieves pain
Aheadachemay often be used as a reason to avoid sex. However, before you reach for the painkillers, neurologists have found that sexual activity can relieve head pain associated with
amigraineora cluster headachein some people. Sex has been shown to ease the pain associated with migraines and cluster headaches.
The University of Munster researchers explain that sex triggering the release of endorphins is the mechanism behind the pain relief. Endorphins are the body's natural painkillers and are released through thecentral nervous system, which can reduce or eliminate pain the experienced with a headache.
In otherresearchpublished inPain, women were found to experience reduced pain sensitivity and had an increased pain tolerance threshold when experiencing pleasure through vaginal self-stimulation.
5) Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
Men who frequently ejaculate could be protected againstprostate cancer, the most commoncancer among men in the United States.
Researchled by Michael Leitzmann, from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, and published inJAMA, discovered that men who ejaculated 21 times per month or more were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who ejaculated between four and seven times per month.
Men who have more than 12 ejaculations per month may also benefit, although the researchers note that at this point, the research would not warrant recommending men to change their sexual behaviour.
6) Improves sleep
Do you have trouble getting to sleep at night? Sexual activity could be just what the doctor ordered. Some of the chemicals released during sex may help you to fall asleep more easily. Sex could be the answer to help you achieve the recommended7 to 9 hoursof sleep per night.
During sex and orgasm, a cocktail of chemicals are released in the brain, which includesoxytocin, dopamine, and a rush of endorphins. Oxytocin, also known as the "cuddle hormone," facilitates closeness and bonding, and itsurgesduring sex and orgasm in both men and women.
After orgasm, it is thought that the effect of oxytocin, combined with the release of the hormone prolactin (which is linked to the feeling of satiety and relaxation), makes you feel sleepy.
7) Relieves stress
Stresscan cause all kinds of health problems, from headaches, problems sleeping, muscle tension, andupset stomach, to more severe conditions, including a weakened immune system and chronicdepression.
Astudypublished inBiological Psychologyfound that people who engaged in penetrative sex experienced lower stress-related blood pressure when public speaking than individuals who had masturbated or had non-coital sex. Participants in the study who abstained from sex had the highest blood pressure levels triggered by stress.
8) Boosts brain power
Researchpublished in theArchives of Sexual Behavioursuggests that frequent sex may improve women's memory. Results from a computerised word memory task found that women who had penetrative sex had better memory recognition of abstract words.
Frequent sex may improve a woman's ability to memorise words.
The researchers note that at this stage, it is unclear whether sex improves memory or if better memory leads to more sex. However, they say that sex may improve memory by stimulating the creation of new neurons in the hippocampus - the region of the brain that is involved in learning and memory.
9) Increases lifespan
Do you want to live longer? Sexual activity could hold the key to a longer life.
Astudypublished inThe BMJconcluded that sexual activity might have a protective effect on men's health.
The researchers tracked the mortality of almost 1,000 men aged between 45 and 59 over the course of 10 years. They found that risk of death was50 percentlower in men who frequently had orgasms than men who did not regularly ejaculate.
Other research also concluded with similar results. A 25-yearstudypublished inThe Gerontologistdetermined that in men, frequent intercourse was a significant predictor of longevity, whereas, in women, those who reported past enjoyment of sex lived longer.
10) Boosts self-esteem
In addition to all the physical benefits, having frequent satisfying sex may improve emotional wellness. People who enjoy casual sex tend to report higher self-esteem and well-being.
Researchpublished inSocial Psychology and Personality Sciencefound that among college students, those who enjoyed casual sex reported higher well-being and self-esteem levels, compared with students who did not have casual sex.
On the other side of the coin, according to astudypublished in theJournal of Adolescent Health, women with higher self-esteem reported having more satisfying sex, including having more orgasms.
These are just some of the many benefits that sex can have for your health. While sex can be a pleasurable and exciting activity, it is important to remember that practising safe sex can reduce the risks of contracting STDs, as well as helping to avoid unplanned pregnancies.