6 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

Dec 10, 2014 //

Let’s talk about sex. How much do you know about its effects on your overall quality of life? It may be surprise you that it’s just as healthy as it is fun. We’ll get you in-the-know with the highlights below, providing insight into the impacts on your body that may surprise you.

Most of us are aware that sex can improve our overall mood, but did you know that it enhances your physical health as well? A healthy sex life can actually increase the response of your body’s natural defenses, which strengthens your immune system. According to a study from Pennsylvania’s Wilkes University, “college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often.”

Although that fact is pretty impressive by itself, if you need more motivation to spice up your sex life, here are six more surprising health benefits that will get you ready to get with your best guy or gal right away:

The More You Make it Happen, the More You’ll Want to Do It

That’s right! When your body physically responds positively to recent sexual contact, it actually increases your desire to want to do it again. If you’re looking to liven things up, get ready to keep going, because it won’t be the last time your significant other gives you that ‘let’s go’ look.

Better Sleep

Your brain produces prolactin after orgasm, which occurs naturally in higher doses when we sleep. If you’re feeling extra frisky, however, make sure to schedule your romp earlier in the evening, keeping it to what you know you can handle right before lights out. If your session is too hot and heavy, you may be more ready to run a race than ready to rest when it’s time to get to sleep.

Lower Blood Pressure

Before you buy into another medication, consider jumping into bed instead. An interesting after-effect of sex is lower systolic blood pressure. According to a University of Paisley, Scotland, study from 2006, “people who had sex at least once over a 2-week period had lower blood pressure than those who engaged in no sexual activity, and their blood vessels responded better to stress.”

Decreased Stress Levels

Oxytocin and other pleasure hormones are an added benefit of heat in the sheets. Especially after orgasm, these chemicals release signals to the brain to relax and rest, allowing us to put stress on the back burner for a little while and enjoy the after-effects of our in-bed endeavors. So kick back and enjoy the momentary bliss.

It’s Just as Good as the Gym

Sex is considered aerobic—it burns calories and can even promote increase muscle tone and weight loss. In other words, it’s a great way to make the most out of missing a workout during the week. If you’re looking for a way to shake up a monotonous regular regiment, there is no better way than to take it out of the gym and into the bedroom for a couple of rounds.

It Boosts Self-esteem

Feeling loved and desired in our relationship is important to all of us; sex is one way that couples can really share their emotions to connect on a deeper and more intimate level. Allowing ourselves to be open and vulnerable not only increases our ability to be brave, we can actually become more well-balanced in our external everyday life by feeling an increased sense of support and stability.

There you have it. Now that you’ve got the facts—ready, set —get busy! It’s your chance to enhance the romance starting today. Experience all the ways that a satisfying sex life can improve your life and empower you to take the lead in your overall health and happiness.

Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott is a professional writer and digital media strategist living and working in East Harlem, New York City. With a passion for wellness—mind, body & soul— Kate utilizes her writing ability to inspire a sense of optimal well-being for everyone in their day-to-day lives through her words.

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