10 Reasons Sex is Good for Your Health

According to a recent story in Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, there are lots of great health benefits associated with a fulfilling sex life. A 10-year Welsh study found that those who enjoyed an active sex life were 50 percent less likely to have died during that time than those who did not. And that’s just for starters, according to sex and relationships therapist Dr. Gabrielle Morrissey. Here are 10 great reasons to spend some quality time with your partner, between the sheets.

1. Leads to fewer heart attacks and strokes: Having sex several times a week may cut your risk of heart attack or stroke in half.

2. Lowers blood pressure and stress: Studies have found that both regular sex and hugs from a sexual partner can diminish stress, blood pressure and heart rates.

3. Reduces chance of depression: The feel-good hormones released during sex have an anti-depressant function.

4. Lowers risk of osteoporosis and bone problems: People who have regular sex tend to have higher levels of testosterone, which is linked to a reduced risk of osteoporosis and other bone problems.

5. Cuts down on seasonal cold and flu: Research demonstrates that having sex at least once a week increases the body’s production of immune-boosting antibodies.

6. Prevents prostate cancer: Men in their 20s who ejaculate frequently (about 21 times a month) have a reduced risk of prostate cancer.

7. Relieves headaches and cramps
: During sex (particularly for women), the endorphins and corticosteroids released can alleviate pain.

8. Improves sleep: The powerful oxytocins released during sex help people sleep better.

9. Keeps you fit: Thirty minutes of vigorous sex is akin to 15 minutes on a treadmill — in particular, sex works the pelvis, thighs buttocks, arms, neck and thorax.

10. Prevents incontinence
: Sex also works the muscles that stem the flow of urine.

And further bonus reasons to get busy? Regular sex is likely to produce more regular menstrual periods for women, as well as improve the appearance of skin, hair and teeth.

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