Sexy Sunday: 30 Remarkable Health Benefits of Sex, Part One

Unadulterated, consensual, fabulous sex is often a taboo topic. Many people don’t realize that in addition to being fun, there are many health benefits of sex—30 to be exact! Here’s the first half of our list!

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Words by our friend Megan Harrison, the marriage and family therapist behind CouplesCandy.com!

Unadulterated, consensual, fabulous sex is often a taboo topic. Many people don’t realize that in addition to being fun, there are many health benefits of sex—30 to be exact!

If your sex life is lacking, the following information may just inspire you to find more time to canoodle. From pain relief and decreased stress to improved sleep and brainpower, read on to learn how an active sex life can make you a happier, healthier person. There are 30 remarkable health benefits we’ll be covering starting with the first fifteen today. Check back next Sunday for more!

Note: This article is for informational and educational purposes only,
and is not intended to serve as a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.

1. Sex Can Make You Live Longer

Research shows that people who have more sex tend to live longer lives. This could be due to several factors:

  • People who have frequent sex are often in committed relationships. Many Experts believe that folks who maintain close relationships live happier, healthier, longer lives.
  • People who have sex are physically active. Sex itself is a cardiovascular workout, and physical activity is one of the key elements of optimal overall health.
  • Sex is a stress-management technique. Sexual activity allows us to relax and unwind from our otherwise hectic lives. Individuals who don’t have effective coping mechanisms—like sex—are more likely to experience health complications and even early mortality.
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2. Sex Makes You Smarter

Individuals who have regular sex may experience a boost in brainpower. According to a 2014 study by University of Maryland researchers, sex may lead to the production of new neurons in the brain and improved cognitive function.

The best part? Sex can actually ward off memory loss and dementia!

3. Sex Relieves Stress

Stress is unavoidable. We experience it on a daily basis, and it can wreak havoc in every area of our lives, including our intimate relationships.

It probably comes as no surprise that regular sex reduces stress due to decreased cortisol—the body’s stress hormone—during sexual activity.

Sex can also lead to improved relationships and make us better equipped to deal with daily stressors.

4. Sex Can Alleviate Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

During sex, our bodies produce endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin, which have mood-boosting properties. Being intimate with your partner won’t cure mental health problems, but the production of feel-good chemicals may bring temporary relief.

Keep in mind that people suffering with depression and other mental health issues may experience decreased sex drive and/or sexual dysfunction. Some antidepressant medications can exacerbate these problems. Talk to your healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you have regarding sex, mental health conditions, and medication.

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5. Sex Can Make Your Relationship Stronger

If you’re struggling to connect with your partner, regular sex may help. Good sex requires open and honest communication, which can extend beyond the bedroom.

Many sexually active couples engage in post-sex pillow talk, which can lead to increased intimacy. This is true for folks in new relationships, as well as longtime couples.

6. Morning Sex Can Make You Feel Better All Day

Start your morning off with sex, and you’ll likely have an amazing day! Estrogen and testosterone peak in the a.m., and men tend to last longer first thing in the morning. You’ll start your day with an endorphin rush and feel closer to your partner.

Morning sex may require extra foreplay, especially if you wake up feeling groggy. There is also a wide range of sex toys available that can help to enhance the experience and pleasure!

7. Sex Can Boost Your Self-Esteem

Studies show that women who have frequent, satisfying casual sex are happier and have higher self-esteem than women who don’t engage in sexual activity. Perhaps the most encouraging news of all is that women with higher self-esteem experience more pleasure during sex; plus, they have more orgasms.

8. Sex Makes You Happier

Good, frequent sex doesn’t just ward off depression; it can actually make people happier. A 2015 study found that an increase in enjoyable sex increases happiness, while unwanted sex lowers happiness.

Researchers also found that individuals with one sexual partner are happiest.

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9. Sex is a Pain Reliever

If you suffer from aches and pains, an orgasm may provide temporary relief. From headaches to morning sickness and PMS cramps, a romp in the hay often works better than pain relieving medications.

Medical Daily describes orgasms as “the miracle cure.” The same chemicals that bring us pleasure also relieve pain, according to the publication.

10. Sex Improves Your Level of Fitness

A sweaty sex session can burn some serious calories and improve overall physical fitness. If you’ve been meaning to hit the gym, now is a great time to start a regular workout regimen. Studies show that frequent exercise leads to enhanced sexual performance.

If you’re keen on counting sex as a cardio workout, you may have to increase the duration. Sex itself lasts an average of 3 to 13 minutes, but adding more foreplay and engaging your pelvic floor muscles during sex can prolong the act and give you a better workout.

11. Sex Tones Muscles

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Lots of sexual positions help tone muscles, and sex is a lot more fun than pumping iron at the gym. Try different positions to tone your core, buttocks, thighs, calves, and upper body. Sex swings are perfect for adventurous sex that can improve fitness whilst pushing bodies and orgasms to new limits!

As an added bonus, the release of testosterone during sex helps build and maintain lean muscle.

12. Sex Decreases Your Risk of Heart Disease

There’s encouraging news for men who engage in regular sexual activity. Multiple studies link sex to a decreased risk of heart disease. Men who have sexual encounters two or more times each week are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than men who engage in sex once per month or less.

Men experiencing erectile dysfunction or other sexual problems should consult a physician, as the risk of heart disease increases 45% for men who rarely engage in sex.

13. Sex Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure has been linked to everything from heart attacks and strokes to kidney problems and eye disease. Along with eating a balanced diet, moving more, lifting weights, meditating, and limiting alcohol consumption, sex can play a part in lowering blood pressure.

When women orgasm, they release oxytocin, which is linked to decreased blood pressure. Not in the mood for a romp? Frequent hugs with your partner has been shown to have similar effects.

14. Sex Reduces the Risk of Colds

Prone to colds? Sexual activity could actually protect you from the pesky common cold by boosting your immune system. Human saliva contains immunoglobulin A (IgA for short), which is one of the key antibodies that helps us fight off illness.

As it turns out, folks who have sex just once or twice each week have 30% more IgA in their systems than people who have sex less or more often. If you’re wondering how much sex you should be having, 1-2 weekly sex sessions seems to be the sweet spot. More on that later…

15. Sex May Improve Your Sense of Smell

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Following sex, our brains release a hormone called prolactin, which can lead to increased production of nerve cells in the area of the brain responsible for sense of smell.

Since taste and smell are so closely related, it’s possible that sex could lead to a heightened sense of smell, which could result in an improved sense of taste!


Check back next Sunday for part two!

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