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Good Sex With Emily Jamea: The Top 10 Health Benefits Of Sex


I don’t know about you, but I love how things used to be considered indulgent but are now considered healthy. Dark chocolate? Give it. A glass of red wine? Yes please! Good sex? Yeah, baby!

It seems like we’re gradually moving away from the Puritan ideology of abstinence and restraint and yielding to the truth that, well…pleasure doesn’t just feel good, it’s good for us. The thing is, humans are wired to seek pleasure. Our brain is designed for this.

It might seem easy to give in to the idea that chocolate and red wine are good for us, but many people still find it hard to give in to the idea that sex can not only be enjoyed for pleasure, but also a beneficial activity for health.

Our culture has long shaped the attitudes and beliefs we have about sexuality, especially for women. For example, many women grow up hearing that sex is something “for a man” or “good girls don’t do that,” messages that don’t encourage you to enjoy your sexuality. Additionally, sex has long been labeled a “risky” behavior, something that can cause unwanted pregnancy or STIs. Chances are you can’t remember your health class (assuming you were lucky enough to have one) covering anything related to pleasure or the health benefits of sex.

In an effort to convince people that it’s okay to enjoy sex, scientists have started to study some of the health benefits of sex. It turns out that sex is not only good for our relationships and our mental health, which in turn improves our physical health, but it also has many direct benefits for our physical health. Let’s take a look at the top 10 health benefits of sex.

1. Sex makes us happy

Mind and body are closely linked. We know that poor mental health puts us at risk for chronic physical illnesses. Fortunately, sex is wonderful for our mental health. For starters, sex makes us happy. Several studies have investigated the correlation between gender and happiness over the past two decades. We know that the quality of the sexual experience is one of the best predictors of happiness, but what about the quantity? One study found that the strength of the relationship between sex and happiness decreased once a week. In other words, if people pushed themselves to have sex more than once a week, they weren’t happier. It’s likely that sex makes us happy in part because of the wonderful cocktail of neurochemicals that are released. Sex gives us a boost of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin – all of which make us feel good.

2. Sex adds meaning to our lives

Good sex also seems to make our lives more meaningful and improve our mood. A 2017 study found that people who had a positive sexual interaction were in better spirits the next day and also reported that their lives had more meaning.

3. Sex improves our relationships

Perhaps one of the most important benefits is that sex has a positive impact on our romantic relationships. In other words, sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction are strongly linked, so much so that sexual satisfaction can even serve as a barometer of relationship satisfaction. Why should we pay attention to the importance of sex in romantic relationships? Well, evidence shows that people who have healthy romantic relationships tend to be less stressed, live longer, and heal faster when they’re sick.

4. Sex is good for the heart

Although it shouldn’t be used as a substitute for regular exercise, studies show that sex is good for heart health. Middle-aged people tend to worry more about activities that could lead to a stroke or heart attack, but sex shouldn’t be on your list of concerns. A study found that having sex is unlikely to cause a stroke and may actually help prevent heart attacks.

5. Sex improves sleep

Millions of Americans struggle to adequately close their eyes. It’s a shame because fatigue can be one of the biggest libido killers. But if you can muster the energy, new studies show that a good romp in the sheets can help you fall asleep faster and improve your sleep quality.

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6. Sex improves bladder control

We underestimate the importance of pelvic floor health, especially for women. Weak pelvic floor muscles contribute to pelvic organ prolapse, sexual pain and incontinence, especially in postmenopausal women. Orgasms are one of the best things you can do for your pelvic floor health. Orgasms not only promote healthy blood flow to vaginal tissues, but they also cause strong, pleasurable contractions of the pelvic floor muscles, which improves strength and tone.

7. Sex Boosts Your Immune System

Regular sex can help your body fight off disease. A recent study of 16,000 Americans found that people who had more frequent sex were less likely to contract Covid-19 and those who had milder symptoms compared to the group who did not. of sexual relations.

8. Sex improves prostate health

Several studies have examined the relationship between orgasm and prostate health in men. It appears that frequent ejaculation, around 20 times a month, may help men reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. The theory is that ejaculation helps rid the prostate of carcinogens.

9. Sex can help you forget your pain.

Sex seems to act like a natural pain reliever. It can be hard to get into the mood if you’re in pain. But if you’re willing to try, sex can actually help you forget about your pain, at least temporarily. This is likely due to the endorphins released after an orgasm. Endorphins act as a natural pain reliever. So skip the ibuprofen and try to have an orgasm the next time you suffer from menstrual cramps or lower back pain.

10. Sex improves memory

Along with the emotional and physical benefits of sex, it also appears to be good for the brain. One study found that sex improved memory and cognitive function in older adults, regardless of gender.

So, as you can see, sex is good for us!

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