Sex and sexuality are a part of life. Besides reproduction, it can be about intimacy and pleasure. Sexual activity, penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI), or masturbation, can offer many surprising advantages to all faces of life:
Sexual health is more than just keeping away from diseases and unplanned pregnancies. It’s also about recognizing that sex can be an vital part of life
Some of the benefits getting from sex include:
- lowering blood pressure
- calories burning
- increasing heart health
- muscles strengthening
- reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension
- increasing libido
People having sex lives active tend to exercise more regularly and have better dietary habits than those who are less sexually active. Sexual performance overall may also be improved with physical fitness.
Stronger immune system
In a immunity study in people who are in romantic relationships, people who tend to have frequent sex i.e. one to two times a week had more immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva. Whereas, people who had infrequent sex i.e. less than once a week had significantly less IgA.
IgA is the antibody that plays a part in stopping illnesses and is the first line of defense against human papillomavirus, or HPV.
But those who had sex more than three times a week had the same amount of IgA as compared to those who had infrequent sex. The study recommends that anxiety and stress can probably cancel out the positive effects of sex.
The body releases oxytocin, also called the hormone of “love” or “intimacy” , and endorphins during an orgasm. The combination of these hormones can act as sedation.
Better sleep can help in contributing to:
- a stronger immune system
- a longer lifespan
- feeling more well-rested
- having more energy during the day
Relief from Headache
Another study shows that full or partial relief from migraines and cluster headaches can be provided by sexual activity.
People who were sexually active during their attacks:
- During a migraine around 60 percent reported an improvement
- Moderate to complete relief during a migraine was reported by around 70 percent
- Improvement of symptoms in cluster headaches reported by around 37 percent
- Moderate to complete relief in cluster headaches, 91 percent reported
A current review found that men had less risk of developing prostate cancer who had more frequent penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI)
One study found that men who had average 4.6 to 7 ejaculations a week were 36 percent less likely to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis before the age of 70. This comparison was made to men who reported ejaculating 2.3 or fewer times a week on average.
Sex may even affect the mortality for men. A study that had a 10 year follow-up had reported that men who had recurrent orgasms (defined as two or more a week) had a lower mortality risk of 50 percent than those who had sex less often.
Although results are contradicting, the sperm’s quality and health may increase with increased sexual activity, as some research suggests.
Blood flow increases and releases natural pain-relieving chemicals if having and orgasm
Sexual activity in women may:
- bladder control improved
- reduces incontinence
- relieve in menstrual and premenstrual cramps
- improving fertility
- building stronger pelvic muscles
- helping to produce more vaginal lubrication
- potentially protection against endometriosis, or the growing of tissue outside uterus
The act of sex can help in strengthening the pelvic floor. Benefits can be offered with a strengthened pelvic floor like less pain during sex and reduced chance of a vaginal prolapse. A study shows that PVI can result in reflexive vaginal contractions caused by penile thrusting.
After menopause women who continue to be sexually active are less likely to have significant vaginal atrophy, or the thinning of vaginal walls. Vaginal atrophy can also be the cause of pain during sex and urinary symptoms.
Sexual activity which can be with a partner or through masturbation, can provide vital psychological and emotional benefits. Sex can help reduce stress and anxiety like exercise and increase happiness.
Studies recommend that sexual activity (defined as PVI) may correlate with:
- satisfaction increased with the mental health
- levels of trust, intimacy, and love in your relationships also increased
- ability to perceive, identify, and express emotions is improved
- use of the immature psychological defense mechanism is reduced, or the mental processes to reduce distress from emotional conflict
Sexual activity may affect your well-being and ability to think at an older age. Research found that adults who are sexually active between 50 to 90 years old had better memory. Depression and loneliness were also felt less likely.
Booster of confidence
Sexual activity carried out frequently, whether with a partner or alone, can make look younger. Due to the release of estrogen during sex this plays a partial role.
A study found a connection between frequent sexual activity and looking significantly younger (between seven to 12 years younger). The majority of these individuals also felt comfortable expressing their sexuality and sexual identity.
To connect with partner sex can be helpful, thanks to oxytocin. In developing relationships oxytocin can play a role. Consistent, mutual sexual pleasure helps with bonding within a relationship.
Coupled partners often have grown relationship satisfaction when they fulfill one another’s sexual desires. positive growth in found in the relationship when able to express yourself and your sexual desires.
Masturbation can offer many of the similar benefits as sex, but also has its own advantages, including:
- increased sex between partners
- understanding own body
- increased ability for orgasms
- boosted self-esteem and body image
- increased sexual satisfaction
- sexual dysfunction treatment
Masturbation is considered to be entirely safe and with fewer health risks associated. When practiced alone, risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is none.
Sex is a vital part of life and overall well-being. In relationships, for bonding orgasms play a significant part. Physical and emotional benefits can come from having sex like reduced risk of heart disease, improved self-esteem, and more.
Similar benefits can be still there without sex. Engaging in other activities which are pleasurable like exercising, interacting with a pet, and having a strong network of friends could potentially offer the same benefits. Sex is just one way of improving the quality of life.
If sex is part of your life, due to a relationship or desire, it’s vital to be able to communicate and experience sexual satisfaction. Relief and an increase in happiness may be found when taking the time to have sex.