The healthy side effects of sex

Sex should not only feel good, it can also be good for you. Here are some of the health benefits that sex can offer.

Lower blood pressure
Any aerobic exercise is a good way to lower your blood pressure, and sex can be one of the best ways to do that, particularly for women. A woman’s orgasm stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin, which has a direct effect on lowering blood pressure.

Lower risk of heart attack
Having sex is good for your heart. One study found that men who made love regularly (at least twice a week) were 45 per cent less likely to develop heart disease than those who had sex once a month or less. Sexual activity not only provides many of the same benefits to your heart as exercise but also keeps levels of estrogen and testosterone in balance, which is important for heart health.

Improved bladder control
A strong pelvic floor is important in avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30 per cent of women at some point in their lives. Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.

Stress relief
Sex releases serotonin, endorphins and phenyl-ethylamine, hormones that generate feelings of euphoria, pleasure and elation. Stress? What stress? Relieving stress relaxes the arteries in the body, again lowering high blood pressure.

Better sleep
After an orgasm the body releases a hormone called prolactin, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and happiness. This is one of the reasons you may fall asleep quickly after sex, and your sleep may be deeper and more relaxing.

Find out more at Web MD

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Written by Ben Hocking

Ben Hocking is a skilled writer and editor with interests and expertise in politics, government, Centrelink, finance, health, retirement income, superannuation, Wordle and sports.

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