Making love is good for your health and soul 

Making love is good for your health and soul 

How sex can help you live longer

All of your ancestors had sex, or you wouldn’t be here, which means we’ve got to be doing something right by having so much sex. It may not be much of a surprise, but sex has a lot of health benefits. The most obvious of these benefits probably springs to mind. It’s pretty good exercise, and it can help to reinforce the emotional connection between you and your partner.

There’s a lot more to it, however, with sex being a great stress relief and sleep aid. The hormones that are released during sex, prolactin and oxytocin, can help you fall asleep quicker, according to the blog, Greatist. Sex can also boost your immune system by increasing the levels of immunoglobulin in your blood, therefore decreasing your risk for heart disease. These benefits, especially stress relief, can help you live a longer, happier life.

Sex can also help relieve pain. The cocktail of hormones released during sex can be like a shot of natural painkillers.

“Sexual activity releases pain-reducing hormones and has been found to help reduce or block back and leg pain, as well as pain from menstrual cramps, arthritis, and headaches,” Dr. Mercola from the health blog, Mercola, writes.

For men, there may also be an added benefit of the reduced risk of prostate cancer. Some evidence suggests that regular — but not excessive — sex may reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Pamela Rogers from Healthline reports that “one study found that men who averaged having 4.6 to 7 ejaculations a week were 36 per cent less likely to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis before the age of 70.”

Sex also improves mental health, confidence, expression of emotions, and may improve cognition and memory. Masturbation can reproduce some of these benefits, but often it’s better with a partner. So, whether you choose to abstain or partake in sex, it has some undeniably amazing health benefits.

Art by Cat Cooper

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