10 Health Benefits of Sex

We’ve got a hot take: sex is great.

It feels great, it’s fun, it brings you and your partner closer together, and it’s the tool for you guys to become parents (if that’s your thing).

What you might not know, however, is that sex is actually good for both your body and your mind.

Here are the 10 biggest health benefits:

Boosts Your Immune System: Sex boosts your ability  to make antibodies that protect yourself against bacteria, viruses, and other germs that can cause things like the cold or the flu.

Slashes Stress: All the touching, hugging and intimacy stimulates your body to release oxytocin—which makes you “feel good” by promoting well-being and happiness. It can also help you be calmer and bond with your partner.

Encourages Intimacy: Sex makes it easier to be intimate with your partner—it encourages those lovey feelings that make you warm and fuzzy inside. It can reduce your anxiety as well. According to a study of couples in the U.S., couples who have sex more will reap the benefits for months afterwards.

Makes it Easier to Urinate: Having regular orgasms stimulates a woman’s pelvic floor muscles to work more, which makes it easier to release the tension on her bladder from too many liquids.

Lowers Blood Pressure: Many studies have linked sex (not masturbation) to lower systolic blood pressure, which is the first (and most important) number that appears on a blood pressure test.

Acts as (a Little) Exercise: While it can’t take the place of your regular trips to the gym, having sex can increase your heart rate and utilize various muscle groups, which burns about 5 calories per minute (equivalent to walk 2.0 miles per hour on a treadmill).

Helps You Sleep Better: Sex can help you sleep better because orgasms will stimulate a hormone called prolactin, which is a natural sleep aid.

Reduces Pain: Studies have found that sexual activity can reduce menstrual cramps, chronic back and leg pain, even migraines.

Creates Natural Lubrication: Good sex increase cervical mucus production, which provides sperm a nice channel to swim to the egg. Female orgasms cause spasms in vaginal muscles which will draw sperm up towards the egg.

Decreases Risk of Chronic Disease: The benefits include lowering your risk of cancer and heart attacks. Men who have frequent ejaculations are less likely to develop  prostate cancer. Those who have sex at least twice a week are less likely to have heart disease.

References

Stöppler, Melissa Conrad. “The Surprising Health Benefits of Sex.” OnHealth, 2 Apr. 2016, www.onhealth.com/content/1/health_benefits_sex.

LaMotte, Sandee. “10 Health Benefits of Having More Sex.” CNN, Cable News Network, 12 Mar. 2018. 

Sandstone Diagnostics, Inc.  A Man’s Guide to Reproductive Health. A Man’s Guide to Reproductive Health, Don’t Cook Your Balls, 2017.