10 Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life

All adults deserve to enjoy a healthy sex life. We often look at sex and sexuality from the perspective of pleasure, intimacy and procreation only, however, several studies have reported that sex is beneficial to health and general well-being.

Sex releases several neurotransmitters that impact positively on our body functions and health. Thus having regular sex has some benefits.

Sex can be harmful; having unsafe sex can lead to contracting sexually transmitted infections and having unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. The use of sex-enhancing drugs and other substances to enhance sexual performance can also have negative health implications.

Must one have sex to stay healthy? The answer is NO. Sex is an important part of adult human life. However, one can still achieve most of the benefits attributed to sexual intercourse, by living a healthy life, eating healthy, resting well, exercising optimally and engaging in other pleasurable activities.

Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life

  • Optimal blood pressure
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Reduces stress and decreases the risk of depression and anxiety
  • Improves Libido
  • Improves sleep quality and duration
  • Improves immune function
  • Aids calorie burn
  • Reduced risk of some cancer
  • Relieves pain and headache
  • Strengths pelvic floor muscles and helps bladder control in females

Sex though an important part of human life and existence is optional, can be beneficial and harmful. A healthy sex life has some benefits. While unprotected sex and unhealthy sexual practices can be harmful.

Also, sex increases your heart rate, and may lead to heart arrest and death, especially in individuals with heart problems. Thus irrespective of the perceived benefits of sex, individuals with heart issues should see their GP before engaging in sexual intercourse.

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