Regular romping will get you in rude health, say sexperts.
After our recent revelation that weekly sessions can stave off the menopause, we took a look at other ways that loving feeling can help our health. And the new findings bring a whole new meaning to sexual healing.
From a longer life and catching fewer bugs to a better night’s kip, you can reap rewards from getting randy. And even solo sessions bring benefits – as Tyson Fury would agree. The heavyweight revealed how he is masturbating SEVEN times a day to reach peak condition for his Deontay Wilder rematch in February. He believes daily rounds help keep his testosterone pumping, admitting: “If it’s gonna give me an edge, I’m willing to try it.”
Here, we fling back the sheets on the many health benefits of sex.
1. Improves libido: It sounds obvious but the more you do it the better it gets, says Northwestern University in Illinois. For women, having sex raises vaginal lubrication, blood flow and elasticity, which increases sex drive.
2. Strengthens pelvic floor: During orgasm, muscle tone, heart rate, and respiration all increase, and the pelvic floor gets a workout – helping ward off erectile dysfunction or incontinence.
3. Aids fertility: A female orgasm can boost the chances of conceiving. Experts say when a woman experiences the Big O a minute after her partner ejaculates, she is likely to retain more sperm. If she orgasms before her partner, there is lower sperm retention and less chance of conception.
4. Stops STIs and unwanted pregnancies: Unsurprisingly, going it alone prevents the risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection or getting pregnant.
5. Reduces chance of death after heart attack: Heart attack survivors who had sex more than once a week were 27 per cent less likely to die during the 22-year study period compared to those who were celibate.
The research, published in the American Journal of Medicine, found getting jiggy even once a week, cut deaths by 12 per cent, and less often by eight per cent.
6. Lowers blood pressure: Regular sex can cut blood pressure as effectively as medicines, according to a Georgia State University study. Orgasms cut it by 13 per cent – and this reduction lasts until the next day. However, curiously, masturbation did not.
7. Stops back pain: Orgasms are ten times more effective than painkillers such as Valium and have ten times the anxiety-reducing effect of it, a study by the University of Munster, Germany, shows. Half of sufferers felt pain lessen after using “sexual activity as a therapeutic tool”.
8. Reverses ageing: Romping more often in older age can make you look seven years younger. The effects work better if the sex is “loving”, says Dr David Weeks, a neuro-psychologist at Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
9. Avoids prostate cancer: Men who ejaculate 21 times a month are a third less likely to get prostate cancer, Harvard scientists say. This includes “sexual intercourse, nocturnal emissions and masturbation.”
10. Improves Sleep: An orgasm before bed can help you relax and drop off due to feel-good hormone oxytocin being released. It also helps you have a peaceful night by staying asleep. Sex could be an alternative or additional treatment for insomnia, say scientists at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
11. Raises self-esteem: Casual encounters could heighten your sense of self-worth and life satisfaction. While those without a partner can also get a confidence boost through solo orgasms, according to the study by Cornell University in New York.
12. Eases stress: When women are affectionate with their partners, they report feeling happier and less stressed the next day, says an Arizona State University study.
13. Do not underestimate the power of sex to benefit your physical health and general well-being. On the physical side, studies have shown those who have an active sex life have better health pretty much across the board. That’s not just for the young ’uns having sex but also for those who continue physical intimacy into their 60s, 70s and beyond. Research shows the medical benefits of sex range from better cardiac health to fewer head colds and many points in between.
14. It also has a powerful effect on your mental and emotional health. During sex, hormones and brain chemicals are produced, including oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. These give you a feelgood factor.
15. The natural chemicals bring a sense of calm and also help you to bond with your partner. That increased feeling of well-being and intimacy strengthens your relationship. The couple that plays together (in bed) stays together!
16.Even if you’re “flying solo” you can expect to gain the health benefits. The release of sexual tension can decrease anxiety and facilitate relaxation. Any way you look at it, sex is natural, it was meant to be, and everyone should take advantage of the benefits.
17. Aids weight loss: 25 minutes of sex burns about 69 calories for women and 100 for men. So sex twice a week for a month burns around 700 calories – the same as a spinning class.
18. Lowers risk of diabetes: In a number of studies, women who have sex more often showed a greater resistance to type-2 diabetes. Experts from the University of Sydney, Australia, believe this could be down to greater overall health and less weight gain.
19. Prevents infections: Research suggests female masturbation can protect against cervical infections. Orgasms flex the cervix and flush out bad bacteria, according to Joann Ellison Rodgers’ book Sex: A Natural History.
20. Boosts immune system: Students who had sex once or twice a week were more likely to ward off colds and flu. The subjects in the Pennsylvanian study had higher levels of an important illness-fighting substance in their bodies compared to those who didn’t get any.
21. Stops migraines: A study of 83 women at Southern Illinois University found that nearly half of those who climaxed reported that their headaches disappeared. When women in the study had orgasms, their pain threshold went up more than 108 per cent and the pain relief lasted up to ten minutes.
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