We’re all aware of the enjoyment of sex within a relationship; building intimacy, pleasure and feeling closer to your partner, as well as the immediate release of satisfaction, hormones and emotions. However, that release of hormones may be even more beneficial than you think. The health benefits of regular sex (1-2 times a week) can have a much greater positive impact than you realise. Sexual activity, intercourse or masturbation, can offer many surprising benefits to all facets of your life…
HOW SEX HELPS REDUCE STRESS?
Your body releases a nice dose of Endorphins and oxytocin during sex, and these feel-good hormones activate pleasure centres in the brain that create feelings of intimacy and relaxation and help stave off anxiety and depression.
Research from the University of the West of Scotland reveals that people who had intercourse at least once over two weeks were better able to manage stressful situations such as public speaking
You don't have to climax to feel the effects, but you'll get the biggest surge of soothing hormones if you have an orgasm.
The surge in hormones during sexual intercourse that lead to the reduced stress and anxiety can also aid in lowering blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy!
SEX AIDS BETTER SLEEP
During sex your body releases oxytocin, also called the “love” or “intimacy” hormone, and endorphins during an orgasm. The combination of these hormones can act as sedation.
Plus, during orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released. "Prolactin levels are naturally higher when we sleep, which suggests a strong relationship between the two. However, highly active sex can make you feel more energized than sleepy. Now we don’t want it to be boring between the sheets to actually put you to sleep, but if you want to drift off easily after climax then make sure you go with a more of a calmer, slower session.
CAN SEX GIVE PAIN RELEIF
Yes, pain relief. The surge of hormones released after an orgasm can help ease any annoying ache, whether it's a strained back or a pounding head. A study conducted at the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University found that half of female migraine sufferers reported relief after climaxing. They found that the endorphins that are released during an orgasm closely resemble morphine, and they effectively relieve pain. And if you’re single or currently flying solo, you don’t have to lose out on the beneficial pain relief, you can self-medicate by treating yourself with some solo sex. As long as you hit your orgasm peak, masturbating will have the same soothing pain relief effect.
There's nothing sexy about sneezing, coughing, or that red runny-nose. But getting down to it on a regular basis (1 – 2 times per week) can improve your immune system and help you avoid coming down with the sniffles. People who have regular sex were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), according to researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. These antibodies help combat diseases and keep the body safe from colds and flu.
SEX GIVES YOU YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN & HAIR
Regular sex promotes the release of hormones, including testosterone and oestrogen, which can keep the body looking young and vital; oestrogen has also been shown to promote soft skin and shiny hair,
In a study conducted at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, a panel of judges viewed participants through a one-way mirror and guessed their ages. Those who were enjoying regular sex with a steady partner, approx. four times a week, on average, were perceived to be 7 to 12 years younger than their actual age.
So, if your moisturizer isn’t giving you the glow you want, try adding regular sex into your skin-care regime
LIGHTER PEIODS & FEWER CRAMPS FROM HAVING SEX
When a woman orgasms, her uterus contracts and, in the process, rids the body of cramp-causing compounds. The increased number of uterine contractions can also help expel blood and tissue more quickly, helping to end your period faster,
Sex during your period may not sound too appealing, but don't deprive yourself if you’re just worried about any mess. Just lay down a dark-coloured towel and stick to the classic missionary position. When you're lying down, your flow tends to be lighter, says WH advisor Michelle Callahan, Ph.D
Wearing Rosaseven Period underwear before and after sex on your period makes it easy, clean & comfy for before and after when you’re menstruating.
To read more about sex on your period, take a few mins to read our previous article on Sex, Libido & menstruating.
IT'S A WORKOUT!
Sex counts as cardio! A sex session can burn anywhere from 85 to 250 calories, depending on the length of the session (obviously a quickie will be less strenuous than an all-nighter). Cardiologists actually consider sexual activity comparable to a modest workout on a treadmill, according to a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology.
Not only is the cardio good for your heart and fitness, but you'll also squeeze in some sculpting: your abs and the muscles in your back, butt, and thighs get a good workout as you thrust during sex. So it looks like you have a pretty good reason to stay in bed a little longer on a Sunday morning and work up a sweat in bed.
SEX IMPROVES BLADDER CONTROL
We all know that good sex is a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When a women orgasms it causes contractions and tightening in the pelvic floor muscles which in-turn strengthens them. A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives. So keeping the orgasm contractions up will benefit your body now and later in life! Rosaseven period underwear is made for more than just menstruating. It’s great for any small leaks and drips if you are experiencing incontinence.
You can also check out our previous article on bladder leaks: BLADDER LEAKAGE TABOO
WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PARTNER?
If you’re single & between partners, or taking a longer break from the dating game, having some solo sex can be good for you in many ways too.
Having sex alone through masturbation won't stimulate the release of as much oxytocin or other mood-boosting hormones as having sex with a partner. Which means a little less benefit when it comes to the boost in self-esteem and reducing depression symptoms. However, women without partners can still enjoy physiological benefits like pain reduction, better sleep and lower blood pressure, and these benefits themselves can also aid in lowered anxiety. Solo sex can also help improve self-esteem in a different way than with a partner. So if you’re without a partner the benefits are still there to be had, along with the pleasure that comes from a solo orgasm.