Having sex is an amazing way for couples to connect, but there’s so much more to it than that. Sex has been proven to have both short and long-term health benefits. Read on to learn some ways that sex can improve your mental and physical health.
Improves heart health.
Sexual activity is key to getting the heart pumping more quickly, says the American Heart Association. Having sex can be the equivalent of climbing two or more flights of stairs, for those who are not in the best physical condition or are older. Sexual activity will improve your heart health, which gives you more energy and stamina. The American Heart Association notes that sex is generally safe for people with cardiovascular disease that want to maintain or improve their life’s quality.
Naturally lifts mood.
Sex leads to the release of oxytocin (sometimes known as the cuddle or love hormone, which usually leads to a higher mood.
Decreases anxiety and stress.
Studies have shown that feelings of nervousness can be reduced through intimacy. Regular sex is a good anxiety-reducer, especially if it’s with a trusted partner.
Helps women with bladder control.
A lot of women experience urinary incontinence because of weak pelvic floor muscles. This can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. According to an article in Cosmopolitan Magazine, intense orgasms in women are similar a “trip to the gym for your pelvic floor.” Having a healthy pelvic floor also leads to better sensation during sex and orgasms that are more intense.
Sex can actually help you look younger, according to a 2013 article in the Huffington Post. Regular sexual activity can make adults who are older look up to seven years younger without anything else needed. This is because sex releases anti-inflammatory molecules that heal blemishes on the skin. Sex also helps you sweat impurities from your pores and helps women naturally moisturize their skin because it increases estrogen levels.
A lot of us have trouble sleeping at night because of life’s stresses and other factors. According to Women’s Health magazine, one in six women report better sleep after sex. That may not be all women, but it’s still a significant number. Oxytocin is responsible for feelings of peace and love and it blocks the stress hormone, cortisol. The increased levels of estrogen that are a result of sex can also improve the quality of the REM cycle, which means a more deep and restful sleep.