5 Health Benefits Of Sex

Discover the health benefits of sex (Photo: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)
Discover the health benefits of sex (Photo: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)

When you’re in the mood, the last thing you’re thinking of is how getting busy between the sheets is benefiting your overall health, but having sex does offer many benefits for your well-being. It’s not as though you need more reasons to have sex more often, but here are some nice-to-know facts about how sex boosts your health.

Sex can help you destress

Want to be better able to manage stressful situations, say, that pitch at work or meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time? Well, having sex (intercourse, specifically) can result in a better blood pressure response, according to a research study published in Biological Psychology.

Sex can help your immune system

Yep, your sex life may help you catch fewer colds! Having sex once or twice a week has been fuond to boost levels of an antibody called immunoglobin A (which helps your body fend off colds and other infections). Something to keep in mind as we head into cold and flu season…

Sex is a form of exercise

A particularly physical session with your partner gets your heart racing and you work up a sweat, right? It incorporates some cardio, strength, flexibility and balance, and in terms of calories, it can burn up to 300 calories an hour (for a 150-pound person).

Sex can be a self-esteem booster

Sex not only feels good, but it can help you feel good about yourself. Your partner’s desire for you, that connection with them, all contributes to a good uptick to your confidence and self-esteem.

Sex can be good for your ticker

Studies have found that having sex is linked to lower blood pressure and in a British study, men who had sex twice a week or more often showed much lower risk of having a fatal heart attack compared to those who had sex less than once a month.

Karen Kwan

Karen Kwan

Karen Kwan is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Flare, Elle Canada and ElleCanada.com, Glow, Metro, Huffington Post Canada, Travelife and Travel + Escape. She also runs her blog, HealthandSwellness.com, where she writes about health, beauty, fitness and lifestyle.

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