Making love and climaxing causes oxytocin levels to skyrocket. Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for helping people bond and build trust. High levels of oxytocin are also associated with feelings of generosity.
Sex is a great form of exercise. Half an hour of sex can burn about 85 calories or more. Just imagine how many calories you will burn when you have sex more often.
Several studies show that sex can help lower stress and improve blood pressure. In one study, researchers had participants go through stressful situations such as speaking in public and solving math problems out loud and then had their blood pressures checked. The researchers found that the participants who had sex responded better to stress than their peers who engaged in other forms of sexual activities or abstained. In another research, it was discovered that diastolic blood pressure was more likely to be lower in people who live together and have sex often. And in another study, it was indicated that women who get plenty of hugs from their partner were more likely to have better blood pressure.
Having sex at least twice a week may help boost immunity. Scientists from Wilkes University conducted a study involving 112 college students who kept track of how many times they had sex. The scientists also gathered saliva samples from the participants. They found that students who had sex about once or twice a week had higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA), an antibody which helps protect against cold and infections, than students who had sex less often.
Improve Heart Health
Sex is good for the heart. Not just the proverbial heart, but your actual heart. In a 20-year long British study, it was indicated that men who had sex twice a week or more were 50 percent less likely to have a fatal heart attack than men who had sex less than once a month.
Increase Pain Tolerance
It seems that oxytocin, the magic hormone whose levels go up when you have sex and orgasm, actually has another trick: it increases your pain tolerance. How? By boosting the body’s endorphin supply. Endorphin is a brain chemical which acts as a natural pain killer.
Men, particularly young men in their 20s, who have more orgasms have lower risks of developing prostate cancer. A study showed that men who ejaculate 21 times or more each month were less likely to get prostate cancer than those who only had about 7 ejaculations in a month.
Another sex benefit brought to you by the super hormone oxytocin is a good night’s sleep. Oxytocin that is released during climax promotes restfulness. If you have been w ondering how your man can go from bedroom beast to sleepyhead in minutes, here is your answer.
Of all the benefits there is one that is more important than the rest. Sex may actually help you live longer. Though more research is still needed, some studies have found that there is 50 percent increase in the overall life expectancy in a group of British men who claimed to have the most orgasms.
For girls and boys though, who may see this as a reason to sleep around: beware. Aside from the fact that the health benefits of sex are believed to accumulate ( in general) to people who are in loving, healthy and monogamous relationships, sleeping around also presents several health risks such as contracting sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. If you are in an open relationship or have multiple sex partners, make sure to practice safe sex by wearing condoms and using other contraceptives. Also get checked frequently (make sure your partners do the same).