According to research conducted by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Queens University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas, and the University of North Carolina – the act of sex has many amazing, and beneficial effects. These effects are physical and emotional, and are greatly beneficial to a couple’s relationship.
While there are more than we can cover in one post, I will highlight five key benefits:
1. Better Mental Health – hormones released during sex and orgasm actually make you feel better, about yourself, your relationship and about life – and fight certain causes of depression and anxiety.
2. Pain Relief – we have all heard the old saying, “not tonight honey, I have a headache”. Studies show that immediately before orgasm, levels of the hormone oxytocin surge to five times their normal level. This in turn releases endorphins, which alleviate the pain of everything from headache to arthritis to even migraine. In women, sex also prompts production of estrogen, which can reduce the pain of PMS. No more excuses.
3. Boosts Your Immune System – Wilkes University in Pennsylvania says individuals who have sex once or twice a week show 30% higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which is known to boost the immune system. Forget vitamin C supplements – go have sex!
4. Better Heart Health – we all concerned about keeping our heart strong and fighting heart disease. Sex, if nothing else, is exercise. A vigorous session burns some 200 calories–about the same as running 15 minutes on a treadmill or playing a spirited game of raquetball. The pulse rate, in a person aroused, rises from about 70 beats per minute to 150, the same as that of an athlete putting forth maximum effort. Queens University in Belfast tracked the mortality of about 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of a decade. The study was designed to compare persons of comparable circumstances, age and health. Its findings, published in 1997 in the British Medical Journal, were that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate half that of the laggards.
5. Less Selfish with Your Spouse – a satisfied husband/wife is much more likely to focus on the needs of the other spouse. The longer a spouse goes without achieving sexual satisfaction, the more prone they become to becoming resentful, selfish and even resentful.
MORAL – Be Deliberate about your sex life. Set aside at least one night a week as “sex night”, and try to stick to it. Obvously, couples with children at home will have a harder time planning, but it still needs to be planned. We all set aside time to watch our favorite reality tv show, or to work on the hobby of our choosing. The mental, emotional and physical benefits of regular and frequent sex are much more rewarding – and enjoyable!