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Could A Sex Session Boost Your Health?

Posted in Sexual Health 25 Mar, 2015

There are plenty of reasons to have sex: pleasure, fun and baby making to name just a few. But what about the health benefits? Sex is, after all, a physical activity and can therefore have positive effects on the cardiovascular system. Take a look below for even more reasons to indulge in a little intimacy with your partner.

Lowers stress and blood pressure

Sexual activity may reduce anxiety and help to lower blood pressure, according to a 2005 Scottish study that asked volunteers to record their sexual activity over a two-week period, before asking them to complete anxiety-inducing tasks. Those who had sex experienced smaller blood pressure spikes and recovered more easily than those who didn't, but it appears only penile-vaginal intercourse has this effect.

Relieves pain

Sex can have a pain relieving effect. A 2013 German study found that people who had sex felt relief from their headaches, with 60% of migraine sufferers and 30% of cluster headache sufferers experiencing total or partial relief. Pain can have an effect on blood flow to certain areas of the body, such as the head, and it's thought that increased blood flow to the genital region plays an integral part in the pain-relieving powers of sex.

May protect against cancer

Certain studies support the idea that men who ejaculate more may have a reduced risk of getting prostate cancer. While there is no conclusive link, it's thought that the benefits for breast cancer prevention are clearer. Women who have sex at least once a month are thought to be less likely to develop breast cancer than those who don't partake in sexual activity.

Boosts the immune system

Sex may improve immune function and research concludes it can even prevent you from getting the flu. The body produces high levels of the antibody immunoglobulin (IGA) and this can help thwart flu and cold viruses in people who have sex 2-3 times per week. It's thought that moderate sexual activity can create a well-balanced body, as hormones and endorphins are released through touching and being touched by another person.

May improve women's bladder control

Sexual activity can exercise the pelvic floor muscles and a strong pelvic floor can help you avoid incontinence. An orgasm causes contractions in those muscles, strengthening them in the process. Approximately 30% of women are affected by incontinence at some point in their lives. Sex acts as a physical workout, you can greatly improve the pelvic muscles, making them more efficient in the long term.

Improves sleep

Sex releases the hormone prolactin after orgasm and this is responsible for feelings of sleepiness. As a result sex can make it easier to rest, aiding relaxation and allowing you to nod off more quickly. Enjoying some physical intimacy with your partner could make it easier to get a quality's night sleep, along with bringing you closer together.

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