Hardly a day goes by without a study touting the health benefits of sex from making headlines. However, a curious British study today reveals the opposite: to live longer, one should practice abstinence! Really?
1. Good for blood pressure
Studies show that there is a link between s*x or intimacy and good blood pressure. During an experiment, partners responded positively to stressful situations after holding hands for 10 minutes and after hugging each other for 20 seconds: their blood pressure was lower compared to those who did not. not had these gestures. This also applies to s*xual relations.
2. Lower cardiac risk
During intercourse, the heart rate quickens and reaches its peak during orgasm. This stimulates the circulation of the blood, with a favorable effect on the cardiovascular system. That being said, some studies indicate that the heart rate during orgasm is not faster than that measured after light exertion such as climbing stairs. “Classic” physical exercise (walking at a good pace, cycling, running) is much more beneficial for cardiovascular health, but a “plus” is neither negligible nor unpleasant
According to a British study (20-year follow-up), it appears that men (even elderly) who have s*x twice a week (on average) have a heart risk twice as low as those who have s*x once per month.
3. Less Often Sick
S*x helps to strengthen the body’s resistance capacity (but a healthy life is decisive: physical activity, diet, sleep).
S*xually active people would be sick less often, but this remains to be confirmed with certainty. According to a study from the University of Pennsylvania, students who have s*x once or twice a week have a higher concentration (30% more) of Immunoglobulin A compared to those who have less regularly. Immunoglobulin A is an antibody that protects the body against viruses, bacteria, and other intruders.
4. A Natural Painkiller
During s*x, the body produces oxytocin, a hormone that gives a feeling of attachment and confidence. This “love hormone”, as it is often called, stimulates the production of endorphins, the “happiness hormones”.
Orgasm can relieve pain, according to a study from the University of New Jersey, because endorphins don’t just provide a feeling of well-being, but increase the threshold of resistance to pain.
S*xual arousal without orgasm also helps. Vaginal stimulation can relieve chronic pain in the back and legs, and masturbation can relieve period and joint pain, as well as headaches.
5. Stimulate Libido
The well-being provided by s*xual intercourse has a stimulating effect: the more active your s*xuality, the more you enjoy it and the more you want it. S*xual stimulation in women causes an increase in vaginal secretions, an acceleration of blood circulation in the genitals, and an improvement in the elasticity of the tissues, which makes s*x more pleasant.
6. A Fitness
S*x is a (very) pleasant way to indulge yourself in a workout. Your heart beats faster, you mobilize many muscles and you burn about 5 kcal per minute. A light sports training, but good to take.
7. Strengthen The Bladder
Nearly 30% of women sooner or later experience weakened pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to urinary incontinence because these muscles, which relax during urination, also hold the bladder in place. Active s*x life is ideal training for these muscles because they contract during the act and during the orgasm, which strengthens them and also allows them to provide more pleasure
8. Against Prostate Cancer
According to a recent study, men who ejaculate on average at least 21 times a month (not necessarily after penetration) have a lower risk of suffering from prostate cancer compared to those who ejaculate a maximum of 7 times a month. But this is obviously not the only risk factor for this cancer.
An Australian study shows that men who, in their younger years (between 20 and 30), had at least 5 ejaculations per week have a 3 times lower risk of developing prostate cancer later on.
9. The Quality Of Sleep
After s*x, it is easy to fall asleep. This is especially true for men, and this is explained by the fact that after orgasm the body releases prolactin (a “relaxing” hormone).
10. And That’s Not All
• Feeling intimate with your partner can decrease stress and anxiety. S*xual arousal, caresses, cuddles …, stimulate the production of oxytocin and endorphin.
• S*x relaxes. This was verified by Scottish researchers in a study involving men and women. They were asked to record their s*xual activity during a given period. Those less active (both penetrative s*x and non-penetrating s*x and masturbation) recorded the strongest feeling of stress in sensitive situations, such as public speaking or solving math problems.
• S*x and intimacy are conducive to self-esteem and feelings of happiness.
• An added benefit of s*x is that it helps balance the hormonal balance between estrogen and testosterone. Estrogens, female hormones, cleanse the pores and provide beautiful skin and beautiful hair.