Sex isn't just a way to express your love, there are more benefits to it.
Despite the taboo that surrounds it, sex is great! It's fun, amazing, and it's something a lot of people need. You know it, I know it, we all know it. While the meaning of sex varies from person to person, there's no denying that sex can be a great way to bond with your partner in a relationship. But there are a lot more benefits to physical intimacy than just that. Did you know that sex actually helps boosts your mind and body in many ways? And yes, even though we deny it, sex is always on our minds. There's even research to prove it, report BBC.
According to a study called 'Sex on the Brain?' conducted by Dr. Terri D. Fisher, it was revealed that women think about sex 10 times a day while men, on average, daydream about sex 19 times during the same time period. If you consider the advantages of intercourse, does it really surprise you that people are thinking a lot about sex and indulging in it, too? However, if you still need some convincing, here are 6 reasons why sex is good for you:
A study by Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania proves how having sex once or twice a week can boost Immunoglobulin A levels by 30 percent in your body. Immunoglobulin A (IGA) is an antibody that helps fight external bacteria that causes us to fall sick. This means that sex is the best way to keep our immune systems thriving. No more falling sick often.
When you're feeling low, doesn't a tight hug make you feel better? Sheenie Ambardar M.D., a psychiatrist in West Hollywood, California says hugging and touching can release your body's 'feel-good hormone'. When sexually aroused, your brain releases a chemical that kickstarts your brain's pleasure and reward system. Sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem and happiness, too, says Ambardar.
High blood pressure is known to cause several problems such as strokes, dizziness, and diabetes, induced by stress and anxiety. Researchers have stated that men who engaged in sex twice a week were 45% less likely to develop heart diseases. Another observation made by Dr. E. Dean Nukta, M.D., a medical director of interventional cardiology at Cleveland’s Fairview Hospital, says, “Orgasm in women stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin, which has a direct effect on lowering blood pressure."
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that engaging in frequent lovemaking sessions is known to prevent prostate cancer. Men who ejaculated 21 times on an average a month were less likely to develop prostate cancer. Marc Garnick, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Medical School’s Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, said: "Two relatively large studies of this question, reported in 2003 and 2004, yielded good news for sexually active men: high ejaculation frequency seemed to protect against prostate cancer."
More sex, better sleep. Yes, that's right. The more sex you have, the better sleep you get, which in turn, ensures that you have some mindblowing sex. Win-win, right? Having sex releases a hormone called prolactin, which helps you sleep faster. According to LiveScience, two other chemicals released during orgasms, oxytocin, and vasopressin, are associated with sleep. However, there are times when vigorous bouts of sex could leave both partners wide awake.
Barry R. Komisaruk, Ph.D., a professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey said that having sex releases endorphins that have an effect similar to that of morphine. Women, please note that orgasms help, too. “We’ve found that vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain, and many women have told us that genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headache,” Komisaruk adds. Sex has the same effect that music does on people. Now's the time to say yes to sex, lots of it.Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.