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Although you probably don’t need reasons to have sex, you might be interested to know what goes on while you are “doing it.” Sex makes the world go around, and it can be a source of complete bliss, absolute frustration, or it can make for great gossip. Everyone wants to know who is doing it with whom, how often, and how good it was!
Despite all the gossip and speculation, making love and feelings of intimacy are pretty darn good for your health as well. Perhaps your mother didn’t mention that during your discussion of the birds and the bees, so we are going to give you all the dirty details here.
Keep reading and discover what your momma or poppa never told you!
1. You Will Experience Less Pain
One of the hormones your body releases during sex is called oxytocin. It is also used to reduce feelings of pain. This is why that old, “I have a headache” routine no longer holds up. Now that we know the body will release oxytocin, and that headache (if it really exists) will pass if you get down and do it. One study, published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, showed that subjects who inhaled oxytocin vapor and then had their fingers pricked with a needle felt much less pain than the control group who got zip before they were jabbed with the needle. The endorphins that are also released when you have an orgasm resemble morphine in their chemistry, so headaches, cramps, and even arthritis pain will fall by the wayside, according to research from the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University.
2. You Will Have Less Stress
Research has shown that the folks who don’t indulge into sex have the highest stress levels. One study out of Scotland, published in the journal Biological Psychology, showed that having sex can improve your performance during stressful periods as well as relieving feelings of anxiety. When you orgasm, your body releases those super feel-good hormones endorphin and oxytocin. These leave you happy and relaxed.
3. Relieves High Blood Pressure
There are also many studies showing that when you have sex on a regular basis, it lowers your chance of developing high blood pressure. Biological Psychology published an article that described in detail the positive effects frequent sex has on the diastolic blood pressure reading. For women, sometimes just hugging and cuddling is enough to bring down blood pressure levels, which can help to protect them from chronic disease.
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4. The More You Want To Do It
The interesting thing about sex is, the more you do it, the more you want to do it. This means that having sex will keep you interested in … having more sex! There is a mental connection there, but for most women, there is also a physical one. The more sex you have the more lubrication you have, ladies, and more blood flow to the genitals and more elasticity, which makes sex more pleasurable. So doing it more makes you want to do it more so you will do it more … got it?
5. You Will Have Better Bladder Control
This is especially important for ladies as about 30 percent of women will suffer from incontinence due to weak pelvic floor muscles. Having sex is a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. If you can remember, do some Kegel exercise while you are going at it — this will not only heighten your pleasure, but it will really strengthen those muscles so you won’t need to rely on pharmaceuticals or have surgery later in life. If you forget those Kegel exercises while you are making love, don’t worry — do them later.
6. Reduces the Risk of Prostate Cancer
Although there are many factors when it comes to preventing prostate cancer, having sex is one of them, gentleman. The American Medical Association published a study which found that men who had sex more than 20 times each month (about five times a week) greatly reduced their risk of prostate cancer. In fact, according to researchers in Australia, this is very important for men still in their 20s. This study suggests that even if you can’t find a sexual partner, you should have five orgasms a week to reduce your risk of prostate cancer by as much as a third.
7. It’s Heart-Healthy
When it comes to your heart, you might think that sex really doesn’t have much to do with that particular muscle, but you would be mistaken. Men who have sex at least twice a week cut their risk of developing heart disease by 50 percent when compared to men who aren’t that lucky. Sex keeps your testosterone and estrogen levels balanced, which can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and of having a heart attack later in life.
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8. It Counts as Exercise
Although thinking of sex as exercise might not be very romantic, the truth is that it is a cardiovascular workout. If you just couldn’t find time to hit the gym, you can simply hit the sack with your partner instead! It will still count! Be sure you get in your 30 minutes (that includes foreplay), and you can burn as much as 250 calories (depending on what you are doing!). The American Journal of Cardiology says that sex can be considered a moderate workout, similar to 30 minutes on the treadmill. It will work your back, butt, and thigh muscles. So every now and then, you might want to think about working up a sweat in the bedroom, rather than in the gym room.
9. Improves Your Immune System
Wow! You can forget that flu shot! A healthy sex life has been linked to a healthy immune system! A study conducted in Pennsylvania by Wilkes University showed that students who had sex at least once a week increased their levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that protects you from cold and flu viruses. Perhaps the next time you are looking for an excuse to have sex, you can tell your partner you need their help in fighting off a cold that you feel coming on.
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10. It Makes You Look Younger
Everyone wants to look young and healthy, and according to an experiment at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, those who had sex four or more times each week with a regular partner looked as many as 12 years younger than their actual age! You don’t need expensive face creams or face lifts: All you need is more loving in the night to get that younger looking, healthy glow!
A regular, healthy sex life can give you a longer, healthier, and happier life. If your mom failed to tell you this, now you know!