Is sex important?
benefits of sex
According to a recent study men think about sex about 19 times a day. Women are slightly less obsessed but still think about sex about 10 times a day. The study found this to be similar to the amount of times people think about food.
Even if you don’t think about it that much chances are you will hear about it on TV, read about it in the newspaper or hear about it on the radio. A study in America by The Kaiser Institute found that “during the family hour on the main American television networks there were an average of 8.5 sexual interactions during family hour”
Another source of increasing exposure to sex is in adverts. “Advertisers use sex because it can be very effective,” said researcher Tom Reichert, professor and head of the department of advertising and public relations in the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “Sex sells because it attracts attention. People are hard-wired to notice sexually relevant information, so ads with sexual content get noticed.”
These and similar statistics show that humans clearly think that sex is very important. But is this actually true? Apart from the fact that sex sells and we think about it all the time it has also been found to have many very important benefits to your physical, mental and emotional health. And also many benefits to your relationship with your spouse or lover. These benefits, which are summarized below, show that a good sex-life is in fact very important.
According to a recent article in WebMD
there are at least 10 excellent health benefits to having a good sex life.
- Sex helps keep your immune system healthy – Researchers have found that regular sex boosts your immune system, partly by increasing the production of immunoglobulin. This is the antibody that helps your body fight of bacteria and viruses – for example flu or the common cold.
- Sex helps boost your libido – In women, having sex raises the production of lubricant, improves blood flow and elasticity. This all improves the continued enjoyment of sex thus increasing the desire for sex.
- Improved bladder control – this is another benefit particularly for women. A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence (something that affects up to 30% of women sometime in their lives). The contractions experienced during orgasm strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
- Lowers your blood pressure – research has shown that sex lowers systolic blood pressure. This is a measure of the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart contracts.
- Sex is great exercise – Sex burns about 5 calories per minute! It also raises your heartbeat and gives various muscles a workout.
- Balances your hormones – sex helps to balance male and female hormonal balance. This helps to prevent heart disease and also osteoporosis (brittle and fragile bones.)
- Lessens pain – having an orgasm releases a hormone that raises your pain threshold. In women having an orgasm has been reported to reduce menstrual pain, leg pains and even headaches.
- Helps prevent prostate cancer – Studies have shown that men who ejaculate more than 21 times per month were less likely to get prostate cancer.
- Improves sleep – Many people nod off after sex. This is because sex releases the hormone prolactin. This hormone is responsible for producing feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.
- Reduces stress – research has shown that sex as well as intimacy and hugging releases ‘feel-good’ hormones in the brain similar to those produced by using heroin. Safe sex is, of course far less damaging to your body – and is legal.
Mental, psychological and health benefits
If all the above reasons still haven’t convinced you – if you ever needed convincing – then here are some further benefits.
- Sex improves self-esteem – Self-esteem is described as a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self. According to relationship coach Mark Manson http://thoughtcatalog.com/mark-manson/2013/06/does-sex-increase-your-self-esteem/ “sex is a fundamental socio-emotional function and not getting it when and how you want it can lead to a lot of angst, self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy.” Having sex improves ones feeling of self confidence and self-esteem and combats the above mentioned feelings of anxiety and self-doubt.
- Sex acts as a natural anti-depressant – Sex also acts as a natural antidepressant as it releases hormones like endorphins in the brain, which help reduce depression and pain.
- Enhances intimacy with your partner – Having sex on a regular basis, enables you to connect with your partner deeply. It also releases oxytocin, the love hormone, which helps people love and trust each other. Improved intimacy in turn leads to better sex.
- Improves one’s mood – Endorphins are hormones that are known to improve the mood. When you have sex, this hormone is naturally released, thereby ensuring that you stay in a good mood.
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