The Health Benefits of Sex

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The Health Benefits of Sex

By: Susie Michelle Cortright

Quick quiz: Would you rather run 75 miles or have sex three times per week for a year? Research shows that both activities burn the same number of calories. (7,500, to be exact.)

We often think that something that feels good can't possibly be good for us. Now it's time to think again.

Sex in a loving, intimate relationship has numerous health benefits. In women, for example, the sexual act triggers the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin promotes feelings of affection and triggers that nurturing instinct. In men, sex encourages the flow of testosterone, which strengthens bones and muscles and helps transport DHEA, a hormone that may be important in the function of the body's immune system.

Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., author of Superimmunity, also maintains that sex in a loving relationship helps the immune system by increasing the flow of certain chemicals in the body.

Hugh O'Neill, editor of Men's Health magazine, recently listed some health benefits of sex, as well. Regular sex is regular exercise and has similar benefits, including improved cholesterol levels and increased circulation. Men's Health also reported that men who have sex at least three times each week may have a decreased risk of developing prostate problems.

Sex, like exercise, releases endorphins. Endorphins contribute to the runner's high and diminishes pain levels.

An active sex life may help us live longer, too. Dr. David Weeks, a clinical neuropsychologist at Scotland's Royal Edinburgh Hospital, conducted a study of 3,500 people ranging in age from 18 to 102. Weeks concluded that sex actually slows the aging process.

Sexual therapists remind us that frequent sex is a form of exercise. And feeling secure in a relationship leads to feeling happier, which could lead to greater health--and a younger look.

In fact, these studies indicate that intimacy plays a key role in the health benefits of sex. A promiscuous sexual relationship may actually produce an opposite effect by introducing a sense of anxiety and fear.

In spite of all these health benefits and the sheer pleasure of the act, Americans may still need a boost. At least one-third of American couples report "inhibited sexual desire," according to The Masters and Johnson Institute.

Sex therapists say sex acts on the principal of "use it or lose it." So, for your heart, mind, and soul, the best advice may be to "Just do it!"

About The Author

Susie Michelle Cortright is the author of several books for women, including Rekindling Your Romance After Kids, and founder of the award-winning, a website designed to help busy women find balance. Visit today and get Susie's *free* courses-by-email "6 Days to Less Stress" and "Rekindling Your Romance After Kids."


Smiley 01.06.2008. 19:49

what are the psychological and health benefits of masterbation? Does masterbation have same benefits of having sex,and what are the psychological and health benefits of masterbation.


Admin 01.06.2008. 19:49

A health bennafite is it will reduce the risk of u geting prastate cancer.


Mamta 25.01.2012. 10:55

What are the measure health benefits of Masturbation for a young female ? It has seen everywhere that there are lots of health benefits of masturbation, can anyone tell me what are measure benefits of masturbation specially for a women or lady


Admin 25.01.2012. 10:55

1. Its pleasurable - it had to be number one!

2. It helps you relax - safer than tranquillizers, cheaper than alcohol and no side effects.

3. It helps you get to sleep if you are suffering from insomnia

4. It can make you feel 'energized' and focused, making study or concentration related tasks easier

5. It gives a degree of relief from the physical discomforts many feel during periods

6. It allows you to find out what you like so that you can share your needs with a partner and have better sex

7. It is always available when sexual tensions need releasing - not always true of partner sex

8. It allows you to have as much gratification as you want, when you want it and at your speed - partner sex cannot compete

9. It takes the pressure off your partner as he/she is not the only source of your orgasms

10. It is the one form of sex with no risk of disease, pregnancy or emotional upset

11. It fits in with your life - unlike partner sex

12. It often results in more powerful and longer orgasms than other forms of sex.

13. It allows you to fantasize and act as you want - please yourself not your partner

14. No partner/audience (usually) means you can be less inhibited in your use of toys and any other item you may personally find erotic

15. You can do it at your pace and can spread it out as long as you want. Longer periods of pre-orgasmic arousal can often result in better and more satisfying orgasms.

16. It saves time when you need an orgasm - no need to find a partner - and less risk of getting involved with a jerk just because you are desperate.

17. It's free!

I think that's more than enough benefits for now.


Fii_johny 09.12.2012. 02:16

Why parents usually avoid to talk to their teens about the benefits of having sex? I noticed that most of the parents talk a lot more about the risks, the dangers of having sex and therefore portray sex as something evil, unnatural, dangerous, something that should be avoided. Maybe they don't realize but this is what they subliminally tell their children. And I think this type of discussions are very very dangerous for teens and it can affect them a lot.

I think that parents should present all aspects of having safe sex, including the health benefits (serotonin and oxytocin release), immune system boosting, stress releaving. Of course sex has some risks, as any other type of activity but presenting only one side of the story is like lying and manipulating teens. And there are so many positive aspects of having sex.
I see that some people have the idea that only married people need sex. It's like thinking that married people are biologically different that unmarried people. This really makes absolutely no sense.
Do you also tell your kids not to cross the street because the risk of being hit by a car? Or even worse the risks when you drive a car.
I dont know what is wrong with people nowdays. Its like a crussade against teens why want their biological needs met. How can the risks of having PROTECTED sex be higher that the risks you have driving.


Admin 09.12.2012. 02:16

They don't want to encourage it. Sex can lead to pregnancy (obviously not all the time, but there's always the risk) and most teens are unable to support the baby. Parents don't want to have to raise the baby as well as you, not to mention you'd change the path your life will take.
They also don't want you to get STDs which could ruin your sex life in the future and be humiliating for you.
So instead of adding both positive and negative things when it comes to talking about things, they talk about negatives to discourage you from having sex. Better to not have risk of having a baby or STD at all, right?
We also don't really think of the consequences in having sex in the first place. We only think of the benefits, so parents point out the risks your taking so you'll know them. If they don't point them out, it's pretty likely you wouldn't know of them until it actually happened to you and what would happen then?
When teens use condoms and/or birth control, they are using them because they don't want to get an STD or pregnant. Parents told them that having sex could lead to pregnancy and STDs, which is why they use protection.
It does sound like they're discouraging, but in reality they're just trying to make you understand what having sex could lead to. Even if they tell us no, we end up having sex anyways behind their backs because we don't care what they think. And they know that. That's why they tell us the negatives, so at least we'll have a slight inkling of what trouble we could get in.


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