Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about you and me and all the ways in which your body benefits from the act of getting freaky. Pretty sure that’s how the song goes…
In any case, it’s true. Not only is sex gooooood, but it’s also good for you. There are numerous health benefits of having sex, which is just one more reason to do it (though it’s not like you needed another one). Here’s a list of 15 ways you’re doing good things for your body whenever you engage in sexual intercourse (which is what the cool kids call it).
Sex bolsters your immune system.
That’s right. According to sexual health expert Yvonne K. Fulbright, “Sexually active people take fewer sick days.” Having sex boosts your levels of a certain antibody that helps guard your body against germs and viruses.
So you want to avoid that winter flu? You know what to do…
It boosts your libido and makes sex better.
Not only will you get better at it with more practice, but having more sex actually biologically revs up your sex drive and makes sex better all around. For women, having sex increases “vaginal lubrication, blood flow, and elasticity” — all of which makes sex better and makes you crave more of it!
In can improve a woman’s bladder control.
Penetrative sex is good exercise for a woman’s pelvic floor muscles, which strengthens them and subsequently helps you avoid incontinence.
It lowers your blood pressure.
Several studies have identified a link between sex and lower blood pressure. So get #HumpingforHealth. (We invented that hashtag. Make it go viral!!!)
Sex is exercise! It burns calories.
Not only does having sex lower your blood pressure, but it provides all the other benefits of exercise as well. You might not want to totally replace your current workout regimen with just sex, but it’s a great supplemental workout (that happens to feel much better than running on a treadmill if you ask us).
But that’s not all. There are even more, even more major health benefits of doing the nasty…
It lowers your risk of heart attack.
Sex helps keep your estrogen and testosterone levels balanced. When one or both of those are too low, you are at greater risk of heart disease.
One study found that men who had sex at last twice a week were half as likely to die of heart disease as men who didn’t have sex often.
It actually lessens pain.
This might sound crazy, but having sex can actually ease your pain. Well, orgasming can, anyway. So next time you have a headache, get your hand down your pants, stat.
Stimulation without orgasm can also help block pain. It releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold. Sex is really a miracle activity!
It reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
This one is true for men who ejaculate with or without a partner. One study found that men who ejaculated at least 21 times a month were less likely to get prostate cancer.
It improves your sleep.
After orgasming, your body releases the hormone prolactin, which helps you feel relaxed and sleepy. Yes, this is why men often fall asleep almost immediately after having sex.
It eases stress.
Not only can sex make you sleep better, but it can also ease your stress. In fact, all intimate touching, including hugging and cuddling, can release your body’s natural “feel-good hormone.”
Sex can even boost your self-esteem and ward off depression. But the benefits don’t end there!
It can improve your analytical thinking.
There was a study done with rats (who are much more similar to human beings than you might think) that found that sexually active rats experienced an increase in neurons in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that stores memories.
Another study found that people who had more sex experienced improvements in their analytical thinking.
That settles it — sex is good for the brain!
It enhances your sense of smell.
If you have sex, you become a superhero with a superhuman sense of smell.
OK, that’s not exactly true, but that hormone called prolactin, which the body produces after sex, creates new neurons in the olfactory bulb, the area of the brain that controls how we analyze and react to smells.
It can improve your hair and skin and make you look younger.
No joke, sex is the best natural anti-ager out there. A study from Scotland showed that couples who did it three or more times a week appeared on average 10 years younger than their actual age. Sex releases estrogen in men and women, which helps improve the vitality and appearance of your hair and skin.
It can regulate your periods and lower risks during pregnancy.
It can improve your tooth health.
And this might seem a little out there, but sex (specifically of the oral persuasion) can help keep your teeth strong. That’s right. Semen contains a bunch of minerals — like calcium, magnesium, and zinc — that are also found in root canal fillings and mouthwash.
There you have it, folks. Sex is one of the best things you can do for your body. So, you know, go on, get busy.