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The Surprising Benefits & Side Effects of Sex

That’s right – sex is not only very pleasurable, it also very good for you. In fact, having sex as part of a consensual relationship can stimulate mood-lifting hormones which can improve confidence and reduce depression. Studies have shown that sex is extremely beneficial to our health. Apparently, sex activates a variety of neurotransmitters that impact not only our brains but several other organs in our bodies. The pundits say that the benefits of sex range from cutting stress levels to lowering your risk of cancer and heart attacks. Sex brings about a certain closeness and feelings of intimacy with your partner and can actually reduce anxiety and boosts your overall health.

 Although having sex on your own won’t bring as many benefits, solo sex and masturbation should still lead to better sleep ,lower blood pressure and improved confidence. It’s not all about experiencing an orgasm either, in my view, benefits can be derived from kissing and caressing as well as simply talking about sex.

Regular sex cannot replace sessions at the gym, but some would say it’s even better, its arguably more natural. Having an active, healthy sex life is a great way to get your heart beating faster and so can offer a good aerobic workout .Throwing yourself around during sex and working up a sweat  from the sheer pleasure and passion of  the play is surely what it’s all about- the level of exertion, and the speed is very much personal choice and dependent on the moment.

General Benefits of Sex

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Better immune system

  • Better heart health, possibly including lower risk for heart disease

  • Improved confidence and self esteem

  • Decreased depression and anxiety

  • Increased libido

  • Immediate, natural pain relief

  • Better sleep

  • Increased intimacy and closeness to a sexual partner

  • Overall stress reduction, both physiologically and emotional 

 

While there are no one-size-fits-all rules when it comes to an ideal sex frequency, we think that having sex ‘frequently’ is a very good aim. In fairness, how often you have sex may change over the course of your relationship although talking to your partner, sharing desires and fantasies can only help strengthen your relationship and improve mutual sexual satisfaction irrespective of how often you actually have sex.

Average Sexual Frequency  *

  • Average adult: 54 times per year (about once per week)

  • Adults in their 20s: Around 80 times per year

  • Adults in their 60s: 20 times per year

 

We believe that the best antidote for any kind of waning libido is to have sex  and, of course, get yourself a Jessica or two. Having sex actually boosts desire in a, ‘the more you have it the more you want it kind of way.'

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