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 love sheets. That’s right — a little lovin’ can boost your overall health in many surprising ways.
Continue reading below to learn what diseases can be treated by making love to your partner.
It reduces depression and stress.
No need for chocolate: Some studies show that contact with semen during intercourse can act as an antidepressant for women. But, nevertheless, the deed has positive mental-health associations for everyone! In general, intercourse can make blood pressure less reactive to stress and reduce overall stress levels.
Improved heart health.
Just like any physical activity, intercourse is good for your heart. Several studies have found that your risk of dying from a heart disease event such as stroke or heart attack goes down as the frequency of your good orgasms increase over time.
It could make you look younger
A research showed that men and women who have an active love life look between five and seven years younger than their actual age. Sexual satisfaction is a major contributor to quality of life, ranking at least as high as spiritual or religious commitment.
When you’re making love, your body releases oxytocin and the production of endorphins is increased as well, which significantly relaxes your muscles and relieves the pain.
Counts as Exercise
It won’t replace the treadmill, but it counts for something.
Intercourse uses about five calories per minute, four more calories than watching TV. It gives you a one-two punch: It bumps up your heart rate and uses various muscles. You may even want to clear your schedule to make time for it on a regular basis. Like with exercise, consistency helps maximize the benefits.
Did you know that making love every day is also very useful against the flu? Yes, and this means that before you take any medications or you try any natural remedy – make sure you try this “method” first! How this works – well, according to the experts, antibody production is discharged during pleasure, and because of this, it becomes a potent antiviral.
It’s a cliché that men pass out right after sex, but intercourse actually can help both men and women sleep off. Feeling relaxed and comfortable are big factors in hitting the big O, so it makes sense that there’s a tendency to want to snooze right after. During and after love making, the brain releases powerful hormones (including norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin), which can trigger the urge to cuddle or just pass out.
If you suffer from urinary incontinence, having more intimate relationships will strengthen the pelvis and will help you fight this condition.
It regulates periods
Some athletic (hetero) lovemaking once or twice a week can, on a very basic level, make it less likely that Aunt Flow will show up unexpected.
Before you reach for an aspirin, try for an orgasm. So even though you might think pain is a barrier to love making, consider this one benefit worth the time and effort: take a moment to really look at your lover.
You should still do all the other things that make your immune system happy, such as:
- Eat right.
- Stay active.
- Get enough sleep.
- Keep up with your vaccinations.
- Use a condom if you don’t know both of your STD statuses.