You don’t need us telling you about the personal and pleasurable effects of sex – we trust you’re all over that already. But did you know that a slew of health benefits also come from doing the dirty? Here are just a few of them.
Boost your immunity
When declaring that “sex makes you a more productive worker”, they were referring to an immune system boost that leads to a reduced number of sick days and (probably) a happier boss. If you’re having sex one or two times a week, your body can more easily produce an antibody that helps fend off germs, bacteria, and cold and flu viruses.
Lower blood pressure
Getting your heart rate racing in bed will do great things for it in the long run! that sexual intercourse lowers blood pressure. Not only that, but men who are having sex regularly can be up to 45% less likely than those only doing it once a month. Be warned, though: this is only a side effect of intercourse with another person; masturbation doesn’t have the same result …
Reduce the risk of prostate cancer
… but that’s not the case for this positive benefit. According to in the Journal of the American Medical Association, men who ejaculate regularly (in this context, “regularly” is at least 21 times a month) – whether by themselves or with others – could be less likely to get prostate cancer.
Get a workout
Cancel the gym membership and sweat it out with a lover instead. Just like a workout, sex burns calories, strengthens muscles and boosts heart rate. It’s not going to replace a spin class anytime soon, but research has shown that sex burns between three and five calories a minute. Need a rubdown after that workout? Studies have also shown that sexual activity can help to reduce back and leg pain, and even relieve migraines or cluster headaches.
You kind of knew this one already, didn’t you? Having sex (especially if it results in an orgasm) prompts your body to release prolactin, a hormone that induces relaxation, as well as the “love hormone” oxytocin, both of which help to put you to sleep. It also prompts your body to release natural chemicals that aid in easing stress, boosting pleasure, dealing with stressful situations and increasing your self-esteem.
Not that we needed to convince you to have more sex, but with this many positive side effects, it’s kind of a no-brainer!