10 Benefits of Sex!!

I happen to run by this. See there are great things about sex. Now, if I can only convince my wife of these.

Original location: WebMd

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

The health benefits of sex extend well beyond the bedroom. Turns out sex is good for you in ways you may never have imagined.
By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

When you’re in the mood, it’s a sure bet that the last thing on your mind is boosting your immune system or maintaining a healthy weight. Yet good sex offers those health benefits and more.

That’s a surprise to many people, says Joy Davidson, PhD, a New York psychologist and sex therapist. “Of course, sex is everywhere in the media,” she says. “But the idea that we are vital, sexual creatures is still looked at in some cases with disgust or in other cases a bit of embarrassment. So to really take a look at how our sexuality adds to our life and enhances our life and our health, both physical and psychological, is eye-opening for many people.”

Sex does a body good in a number of ways, according to Davidson and other experts. The benefits aren’t just anecdotal or hearsay — each of these 10 health benefits of sex is backed by scientific scrutiny.

Among the benefits of healthy loving in a relationship:

1. Sex Relieves Stress

A big health benefit of sex is lower blood pressure and overall stress reduction, according to researchers from Scotland who reported their findings in the journal Biological Psychology. They studied 24 women and 22 men who kept records of their sexual activity. Then the researchers subjected them to stressful situations — such as speaking in public and doing verbal arithmetic — and noted their blood pressure response to stress.

Those who had intercourse had better responses to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained.

Another study published in the same journal found that frequent intercourse was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure in cohabiting participants. Yet other research found a link between partner hugs and lower blood pressure in women.

2. Sex Boosts Immunity

Good sexual health may mean better physical health. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. Scientists at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., took samples of saliva, which contain IgA, from 112 college students who reported the frequency of sex they had.

Those in the “frequent” group — once or twice a week — had higher levels of IgA than those in the other three groups — who reported being abstinent, having sex less than once a week, or having it very often, three or more times weekly.

3. Sex Burns Calories

Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up: 42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions.

“Sex is a great mode of exercise,” says Patti Britton, PhD, a Los Angeles sexologist and president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators and Therapists. It takes work, from both a physical and psychological perspective, to do it well, she says.

4. Sex Improves Cardiovascular Health

While some older folks may worry that the efforts expended during sex could cause a stroke, that’s not so, according to researchers from England. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, scientists found frequency of sex was not associated with stroke in the 914 men they followed for 20 years.

And the heart health benefits of sex don’t end there. The researchers also found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half for the men, compared with those who had sex less than once a month.

5. Sex Boosts Self-Esteem

Boosting self-esteem was one of 237 reasons people have sex, collected by University of Texas researchers and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

That finding makes sense to Gina Ogden, PhD, a sex therapist and marriage and family therapist in Cambridge, Mass., although she finds that those who already have self-esteem say they sometimes have sex to feel even better. “One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves,” she tells WebMD. “Great sex begins with self-esteem, and it raises it. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it.”

6. Sex Improves Intimacy

Having sex and orgasms increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps us bond and build trust. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina evaluated 59 premenopausal women before and after warm contact with their husbands and partners ending with hugs. They found that the more contact, the higher the oxytocin levels.

“Oxytocin allows us to feel the urge to nurture and to bond,” Britton says.

Higher oxytocin has also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So if you’re feeling suddenly more generous toward your partner than usual, credit the love hormone.

7. Sex Reduces Pain

As the hormone oxytocin surges, endorphins increase, and pain declines. So if your headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex, you can thank those higher oxytocin levels.

In a study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, 48 volunteers who inhaled oxytocin vapor and then had their fingers pricked lowered their pain threshold by more than half.

8. Sex Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk

Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life, Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology International. When they followed men diagnosed with prostate cancer and those without, they found no association of prostate cancer with the number of sexual partners as the men reached their 30s, 40s, and 50s.

But they found men who had five or more ejaculations weekly while in their 20s reduced their risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third.

Another study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that frequent ejaculations, 21 or more a month, were linked to lower prostate cancer risk in older men, as well, compared with less frequent ejaculations of four to seven monthly.

9. Sex Strengthens Pelvic Floor Muscles

For women, doing a few pelvic floor muscle exercises known as Kegels during sex offers a couple of benefits. You will enjoy more pleasure, and you’ll also strengthen the area and help to minimize the risk of incontinence later in life.

To do a basic Kegel exercise, tighten the muscles of your pelvic floor, as if you’re trying to stop the flow of urine. Count to three, then release.

10. Sex Helps You Sleep Better

The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, according to research.

And getting enough sleep has been linked with a host of other good things, such as maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure. Something to think about, especially if you’ve been wondering why your guy can be active one minute and snoring the next.


~ by Frustrated Hubby on May 16, 2008.

7 Responses to “10 Benefits of Sex!!”

  1. This (reason #10) made me laugh, though:
    “The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, according to research.”

    I fall asleep almost immediately afterwards. Like a guy. An oxytocin overdose?

    Anyway, those are all valid reasons to have sex, but it’s not like you can stand in front of your wife and recite them to her, right? If lack of desire is the problem, you might as well be reciting the Gettysburg address..it would have about the same effect.

    I remember those married days. I know my (now ex) husband felt frustrated most of the time, too.
    I hope things get better for both of you.

  2. I took the 10 reasons with a grain of salt really. I glanced over it but of course realize that if someone takes these as sole reasons to make love to their mate then there is something very wrong. I post the information more so as a joke. The relationship between my wife and I is a very complicated one and one that wont be resolved soon. Years of pain have to be dealt with.

  3. That’s basically an upbeat article, which is fine. But I have a few misgivings about the way they present the information. It seems interesting that they feel sex must be defended on health grounds. As if CONNECTING with another person in that way were not enough in itself (which often it’s not); it must be called “healthy” to appeal to…who? Who is it who needs to be encouraged to have sex? I say, define THAT demographic, and you will see an audience whom the researchers believe is interested in “health” more than “sex.” This is not most men. This demographic might be broadly outlined as “many women.” That is, the typical reader of health articles. Which brings us back to your reasons for starting this blog, sexual frustration. Is it possible some women suffer from hugs’n’kisses frustration?

    Notice the stipulations made about the kind of relationship that the sex must take place within: “healthy, loving;” and “loving, connected, and what you want.” The writer emphasizes that hugs and “warm contact” increase the oxytocin level (the bonding hormone). That’s interesting, because other articles I’ve read say it’s ORGASM, and do not mention that general loving physical contact can also stimulate this hormone. This is a new one.

    But, is oxytocin the hormone we want to stimulate? Lots of oxytocin floatin’ around can increase that lovin’ feelin,’ but does it increase the desire to have sex for women? It helps us “bond and build trust,’ says one of the experts. That doesn’t sound exactly like sexual intercourse, necessarily. If a woman already feels the bonding and the trusting going on, she may not have the urge to experience “penetration” as often (especially if she can get her oxytocin maintenance through HUGS & KISSES!

    It would seem, instead, that she would have that urge more strongly BEFORE the oxytocin started floatin’ around so as to set the couple-bonding in motion, to, yes, catch her man! Once he is caught in the oxytocin spell, he feels strangely committed, but still has the same old sexual desire he always had (men are not as complicated, one guesses).

    This is very interesting in terms of the motivations/assumptions of the writer(s) and the conclusion I’ve inferred, which, unfortunately, leaves YOU, the frustrated husband, in the SAME OLD PLACE unless you can convince your wife that all these HEALTH reasons are enough to have sex whether her desire is strong or not, whether she has an orgasm or not. Why not just kiss & cuddle & hug for a few hours? It will be HEALTHY for both of you, apparently!

  4. I’ve decided to settle for chloroform, its about all that works these days.

  5. My friends tell me I need to figure it out for myself first, then I can “instruct” the guy. Sex Hormone

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  7. Hey, anything that might persuade her is a good thing…

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