As if the big ‘O’ wasn’t reason enough to get busy, sex has many other benefits that just might surprise you.
Want to clear your complexion, boost your mood, and cut your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other health hazards? No, the answer isn’t in a magic pill — it’s between your sheets.
That’s right: A little loving can boost your overall health in many surprising ways.
There have been lots of studies describing the health benefits of sex. Most of them relate to achieving orgasm. And yes nobody says you have to be with someone to do that.
That’s an intriguing sex tip for people who do not have a committed partner: Self-pleasuring can offer sex benefits, especially those specifically related to having a good orgasm.
So whether you’re coupled up or flying solo, check out this list of healthy side effects of regular sex:
1. Improved Heart Health — Yes, Sex Is Exercise
Just like any physical activity, healthy sex is good for your heart. A study published in January 2015 in the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who had sex twice weekly or more had less risk of cardiovascular diseases, like stroke or heart attack, than those who had sex once a month or less.
Having sex can actually be considered a rather good form of exercise: A small study published in October 2013 in the journal PLoS One showed that men burned an average of 4 calories a minutes during sex sessions that averaged 25 minutes, and women burned off 3 calories. That’s a lot more fun than toiling away on a treadmill.
2. Sweet Pain Relief, Even From Menstrual Cramps
Just looking at your partner — or even a photo of your partner — can help ease pain. In another study subjects were showed participants photos of their romantic partners or photos of attractive strangers, or asked them to engage in a word game.
They found that looking at romantic partners significantly dulled the experience of pain. So even though you might think pain is a barrier to sex, consider this a sex benefit worth the time and effort: Take a moment to really look at your lover.
Other studies have found that women may get some relief from menstrual cramps through a good orgasm.
3. Glowing, Younger-Looking Skin
That fabled “morning after” glow? It’s not just your imagination; you really do look better after having sex.
Sex even helps you look younger. That glow can be attributed to a combination of stress relief, better mood, and the flush of blood under your skin that’s a natural part of the arousal process.
Enjoying a healthy sex life is one of the great joys in life. Knowing intimacy could be a boon for your long-term health as well make it that much more pleasurable.
4. Possible Reduction of Prostate Cancer Risk
A study published in December 2016 in the journal European Urology found that men who ejaculate more than 21 times per month, compared with those who do so four to seven times times per month, were 20 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer.
While more research is needed to confirm this link, it appears that men who ejaculate regularly may reduce their risk of prostate cancer.