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

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 second part of our steamy 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’ve been covering, starting last Sunday. Make sure you’re caught up with the first fifteen we highlighted, then continue reading below!

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.

16. Sex is a Cure for Hiccups

Hiccups are caused by contractions in the diaphragm, and let’s face it, they’re downright annoying. While an orgasm may be a cure for hiccups, getting in the mood may be tricky in between spasms.

17. Sex Can Make You Look Younger

The fountain of youth may be a myth, but sex can make you look more youthful—by up to 7 years! The human growth hormone released during sex may improve skin’s elasticity, which can make you look several years younger.

A decade-long study suggests that people who maintain their youthful appearance have sex approximately 3 times per week. It’s important to note that not just any sex session will do… The key to looking young is feeling pleasure during physical intimacy.

18. Sex Makes You More Attractive

A 2016 study found that couples who engaged in frequent sex viewed their partners in a more positive light. As previously mentioned, sex also reduces stress and promotes sleep, which could make you look and feel more attractive.

Confidence and self-esteem may also be a factor, as when we feel good about ourselves, we tend to shine from the inside out.

19. Sex Will Make You Glow

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The key to radiant skin may be an active sex life. Sexual activity promotes skin renewal and increases oxygen levels and blood flow, resulting in radiant-looking skin.

Aerobic exercise can also make your skin glow.

20. Sex Can Smooth Wrinkles

As we age, our bodies produce less estrogen, which can lead to thinning, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Estrogen produced during sex wards off these frustrating signs of aging by plumping the skin and smoothing lines and wrinkles.

Research shows that menopausal women who engage in sexual activity just once per week have significantly higher levels of estrogen than women who abstain from sex altogether.

21. Sex Strengthens Bones

As mentioned above, estrogen levels decline as we age. This results in thinning bones, which can lead to osteoporosis. Sex is an excellent way to boost estrogen levels and keep bones strong.

Although men develop osteoporosis less often than women due to greater bone mass, men can in fact develop the condition. Testosterone levels decrease during and after sexual activity, warding off osteoporosis in men.

22. Sex May Regulate Your Periods

Lots of factors can affect periods, including changes in weight, stress, chronic diseases, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Healthline reports that regular sex leads to decreased stress, promoting balanced hormones.

23. Frequent Sex Makes Women More Fertile

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Women who engage in frequent sex have an increased chance of conception. In fact, even having sex outside her monthly ovulation window could help a woman conceive.

The luteal phase of the menstrual cycle follows the ovulation phase. During this time, the uterus’ lining thickens to help support a potential pregnancy. There are two types of helper T cells that help sustain a pregnancy. Research shows that sexually active women have elevated levels of these cells as opposed to sexually abstinent women, whose levels remain the same.

24. Sex Can Alleviate PMS Symptoms

If you experience symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), sexual activity could make this stage of your cycle more manageable. Sex actually changes hormone levels in women, resulting in less pronounced PMS symptoms.

25. Sex May Shorten the Duration of Your Period

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Having an orgasm could shorten your period, according to healthline.com. During climax, menstrual blood flows away from the uterus as the uterine muscles contract. This speeds up the menstruation process.

26. Sex Keeps the Vagina in Tip-Top Shape

An active sex life keeps the vagina in shape in some weird and wonderful ways. Not only does sexual activity keep the vagina lubricated; it also increases blood flow and reduces menopause symptoms.

It’s not just intercourse that keeps the vagina in shape as we age… Any form of sexual activity, including masturbation, has similar benefits.

27. Sex Improves Women’s Bladder Control

Urinary incontinence isn’t a normal part of ageing, so why do so many women experience this embarrassing problem? According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, urinary incontinence is often caused by problems associated with the muscles and nerves of the bladder. Other factors include pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and excess weight.

Thankfully, regular orgasms can help ward off incontinence. When a woman has an orgasm, the muscles of the pelvic floor are being strengthened and toned. You can also do Kegel exercises for similar results.

28. Frequent Sex Could Improve Sperm Vitality

Many people believe that “saving up” sperm increases the odds of getting a woman pregnant. In reality, abstinence may increase sperm count, but daily ejaculation boosts sperm vitality.

If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, abstinence could be the culprit. Studies show that frequent ejaculation could greatly improve the chances of conception. Experts believe men should ejaculate an average of 3 to 4 times per week to produce the optimal amount of sperm.

29. Sex May Protect Men from Prostate Cancer

Regular ejaculation could ward off prostate cancer in men. A study of 32,000 men over an 18-year period found that men who ejaculated at least 21 times each month had a 20% lower chance of developing prostate cancer than men who ejaculated only 4 to 7 times per month.

The ages of the study participants varied, suggesting that ejaculation may ward off prostate cancer regardless of a man’s age. Some experts believe that men who ejaculate flush toxins from the body.

Although there is a strong correlation between ejaculation and prostate health, there is no evidence that it protects men from advanced prostate cancer.

30. Sex Leads to More Sex

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It’s quite possibly the most enjoyable cycle you’ll ever experience. Good sex often leads to more good sex. Aside from the pleasure you and your partner experience from the act itself, you’ll likely start noticing the physical and mental benefits, and you’ll undoubtedly want more sex!

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