Sometimes we get so caught up in all of the warnings and potential risks that we forget that sex can be fun and healthy! Sexual activity has a number of health benefits that may surprise you. Check out the top 5 health benefits of having sex and why getting intimate once or twice a week may keep you from getting a cold!

1. Sex Reduces Stress

Sex affects the levels of stress-relieving hormones. When oxytocin (known as the "love hormone") and endorphins elevate, you experience feelings of euphoria, calmness, well-being, and relaxation. As the levels of dopamine drop and prolactin rise, feelings of satisfaction and sleepiness may settle in. This improves your mood and helps you sleep. 

2. Sex Improves Intimacy

Increased levels of oxytocin also help us feel more bonded to our partners. When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels go up. It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. In fact, the hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding. According to Psychology Today, prairie voles, one of nature's most monogamous species, produce oxytocin "in spades". This hormone is also greatly stimulated during childbirth and breast feeding.

3. Sex Boosts Immunity

Good sexual health may mean better physical health. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.

4. Sex Burns Calories.

Sex is a total-body workout and like any workout, it burns calories. Depending on your exertion, you could burn the same amount of calories as you would with a 15-minute brisk walk on the treadmill. Sexual activity can strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and boost cardiovascular conditioning. Of course it all depends on how you do it!

5. Sex Strengthens Your Pelvic Muscles.

The pelvic floor muscles, which help control the flow of urine, contract and relax during sex. Exercising these muscles, as one does with kegel exercies as well, gives you more pleasure during sex and helps reduce the risk of urinary leakage.

Posted in: Womens Health

Tags: benefits of sex, love hormone, intimacy, oxytocin, Psychology Today

1 comment for "The Benefits of Intimacy - 5 Reasons Sex is Good For You"

Jen Louis says:

Thanks for pointing these out. We do tend to focus on the bad when there's so much good!

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