Things that we see as doors to pleasure are often not the healthiest means. You can happily think of alcohol, sugar, fast food, gaming or social media, in other words the less healthy choices. But according to science, there’s one path to pleasure that’s healthy for you on many fronts: sex.
Little side note before we start this sexual prayer: You can of course contract an STD through unsafe sex and no, it’s definitely not healthy. So be sure and read all the ins and outs about STDs at Soa Aids Nederland. In addition, with pleasure and stimulants, one should always take into account the susceptibility to addiction. And yes, you can become addicted to sex too.
Sex is healthy, science shows
Apart from the aforementioned risks, the act itself seems to contribute to our health. In the American Psychology today author Temma Ehrenfeld cites the health benefits of a free party. For example, she initially refers to a study that examined an elderly target group that was sexually active. What turned out? The elderly who still had some form of sex in their lives were happier than those who did not. Mainly men who still ‘put the flowers out’ more than twice a month considered themselves the happiest.
But beyond the fact that a little exercise between the sheets seems to boost our mood, Ehrenfeld says there are at least nine health benefits to sex.
Sex increases the heart rate, burns calories and gives the muscles a workout. According to Ehrenfeld, loving is comparable to an average form of exercise, such as a brisk walk. But of course it also depends on how active you are.
2. Boost the immune system
The substance immunoglobulin A is formed during sex. It protects your stomach, intestines and respiratory system from crazy creatures from outside.
3. Mood lifting
Sex provides relief from stress or even depression. And the man’s sperm in particular seems to have a beneficial effect, research shows. Again, be aware that unsafe sex increases the risk of an STD or, for example, the HPV virus. Ehrenfeld also points out that if sex doesn’t lift your mood, it may be advisable to check whether you’re happy in a relationship or whether there are other personal issues surrounding sexuality.
4. Helps sleep
Both men and women claim to sleep better after an orgasm, research shows. For example, the substances oxytocin and prolactin have a calming effect during a female orgasm.
5. Delays menopause (women)
A large study shows that women who are less sexually active reach menopause earlier. Women who had sex weekly were 28 percent less likely to go through menopause than women who had sex less than once a month. This may be because the body associates sex with fertility and pregnancy.
6. Strengthens the pelvic floor (women)
An orgasm strengthens the muscles around the pelvic floor. These muscles are important for regulating the bladder.
7. Good for the heart
Sex lowers systolic blood pressure.
8. Reduces the risk of prostate cancer (men)
Research shows that men who had sex more often had a lower risk of prostate cancer. Probably because they have more frequent ejaculation.
9. Boost memory
Your memory can sometimes fail you, but apparently sex slows down this aging process. There is also scientific documentation for this. For example, a correlation was discovered between sexual activity and performance on memory tasks.
Not just sex in the relationship
And according to Ehrenfeld, you don’t only experience the above benefits of monogamous sex or a committed relationship. No, ‘casual sex’, flings or ‘one-night stands’ also do their job. In addition, it depends on whether you as a person are comfortable with having sex without obligation. The writer concludes that you yourself know best when you ‘freshen up’ after a love affair. She therefore advocates not having unsatisfactory, boring or annoying sex and choosing physical contact that makes you feel good.
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