Sex isn’t just pleasurable. It may also be beneficial to your health. Here are some of the benefits of having a healthy sex life.
1. Maintains the health of your immune system
According to Yvonne K. Fulbright, Ph.D., a sexual health expert, “sexually active people take fewer sick days.”
People in relationships have greater levels of the substance that protects their bodies from germs, viruses, and other invaders. According to Wilkes University researchers, college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of a specific antibody than students who had sex less frequently.
2. Increases Libido
Do you wish you had a more active sex life? “Having sex will improve your libido and make sex better,” says Lauren Streicher, MD. She works at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago as an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology. According to her, having sex improves vaginal lubrication, blood flow, and suppleness, making sex feel better by making you want more.
3. Improves Bladder Control in Women
A strong pelvic floor is essential to avoid incontinence, affecting about 30% of women at some point in their lives. Your pelvic floor muscles get a workout when you have good sex. When you have an orgasm, the muscles in your thighs contract, strengthening them.
4. Helps to Lower Blood Pressure
According to Joseph J. Pinzone, MD, research suggests a link between sex and lower blood pressure. He is the founder and CEO of Amai Wellness and its medical director.
“Many studies have been done,” he says. “Sexual intercourse (rather than masturbation) was found to lower systolic blood pressure in a landmark study.” The first percentage on your blood pressure reading is this.
5. Counts as a form of exercise
“Sex is a fantastic form of exercise,” says Pinzone. It won’t be able to take the place of the treadmill, but it’s a start. Sex burns about five calories per minute, four times more than watching television. It gives you a two-for-one deal: It raises your heart rate and makes you use a variety of muscles.
So get to work! You might even want to clear your schedule to make regular time for it. “Consistency, like exercise, helps maximize the benefits,” Pinzone says.