The Many Health Benefits of Sex

By Great Sex Coach Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed.

Sex has always been considered physically and emotionally beneficial, but many studies have proven that there are definite physical, mental and spiritual health benefits of sex that go well beyond the obvious.

Here's a summary of some of the reasons you might want to get a little more action in the bedroom, besides the fact that it feels great and is a lot of fun.

Health Benefits of Sex

Stress Relief
After sex, the brain releases a hormone that can also act as a neurotransmitter called oxytocin, which has many calming side effects and has a tendency to help bond a person to their sexual partner. Since oxytocin has calming effects, it is known to help alleviate stress and anxiety.

Improves Cardiovascular Fitness
In many ways, sex has similar health benefits as exercise because it causes the heart rate to increase and triggers numerous hormones such as adrenaline and testosterone. It also burns calories in the process as it can consume over 100 calories in an hour. Sex also lowers blood pressure and it can reduce the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular health problems.

Improves Sleep
The hormone oxytocin can also act as a natural sedative and cause people to sleep better afterward. The sedative properties combined with the stress relief properties of oxytocin create a full night of peaceful sleep. Getting enough sleep can in turn help promote weight loss and better mental health as well.

Relieves Pain
The act of sex incites the release of endorphins, a neurotransmitter that naturally alleviates physical and emotional pain. Physically, the endorphins can reduce the pain associated with problems such as cramps, headaches, and etc. Mentally, sex can reduce feelings of sadness, depression or grief as the endorphins promote feelings of well-being and mild euphoria.

Better Mental Health
Having sex also releases dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that increase our feelings of happiness, joy, pleasure, and feelings of well-being and thus can alleviate depression, improve coping skills, increase self-esteem, self-worth and cognitive functioning and make us feel more content and satisfied with life.

More Spiritually Fulfilled
The hormones and neurotransmitters that are released during and after sex also increase inner peace and make us feel more connected and one with ourselves and the Universe. They can transport us to Nirvana for a short of period time. Your sexual relationship can become a vehicle for spiritual growth and transformation; helping you achieve higher states of awareness and consciousness.

Deeper and More Satisfying Relationships
The oxytocin, serotonin and other hormones and neurotransmitters released strengthen emotional bonds and deepen intimacy; making partners feel more connected and satisfied with their relationship, more positive about themselves, their partner and their relationship in general, and providing couples with a stronger relationship that is less vulnerable to infidelity and degradation.

Improves Immune System
Studies have shown that sex can improve the immune system because it can increase levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which strengthens the immune system. Also, since it improves the cardiovascular systems, a healthy heart will also help keep the body strong and protected.

Other health benefits of sex that you may see include a decreased risk of prostate cancer, a stronger heart, less joint pain, healthier skin and hair, more energy, better circulation and more flexibility, stronger muscles and bones, an increase in hdl cholesterol and a lowering of ldl cholesterol, being more physically fit and even a longer life-span.

To sum things up, it is clear that sex is a healthy activity that improves the mental, physical and spiritual health of the individual. We could even say that it improves the quality of life in general.

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