Who doesn’t love a roll in the hay? From the post coitus glow to the undeniable pep in our step, the health benefits of sex for women are long storied. Today’s guest post highlights why we should be gettin’ it on! And this post isn’t just for those who are coupled up; these benefits are also associated with, ahem, self pleasure.
As always please remember to practice safe sex; sex is fun, STD’s are not.
As all of us know, sex is a singularly enjoyable experience that’s part of what it means to be human. On the other hand, sex can also be the source of rampant speculation, frustration, myths, and physical and emotional pain. Of course, most of the things that make sex not enjoyable are the things surrounding the act of sex—relationship problems, cultural and social barriers, medications, stress, anxiety, etc. Still, women should know that sex has many benefits for both physical and mental health. Here are just a few:
Most Americans suffer from problems with sleep. Whether you don’t sleep enough, you sleep too much, or you wake up sporadically during the night, poor sleep time can affect lots of other areas in your life, including concentration and mood. When we have sex, not only do we engage in a physical activity that can relieve us of the energy needed to sleep, but during orgasm, we release a hormone called oxytocin, which has been shown to act as a natural sleep aid.
Stress, especially in our fast-paced, modern world, is a problem for many of us at one point in time or another. Most of us don’t take the time to engage in relaxation techniques like meditation or vigorous, daily exercise. Sex ,however, can serve as one of the best relaxation and stress-relieving techniques of them all. Endorphins are heavily released during sex, which instantly relieves stress and even physical pain often caused by stress like headaches.
I’m sure you’re constantly inundated on the Internet and in print about how you must set up an exercise regimen to ensure good health. Of course, exercise is a very necessary part of maintaining your wellbeing. But it’s important to know that exercise comes in all different shapes and sizes. Sex can be a great way to exercise. According to at least one account, you can burn around 150 calories for each half hour of sex.
- Strengthened immune system.
Oddly enough, sex can keep away those colds and flus that destroy your ability to get on with your life. Any form of exercise in general can help to strengthen your immune system. But for those who have sex once or twice a week or more, you’ll likely have an increase of an antigen in your saliva called immunoglobulin A (IgA). IgA is, according to the study that discovered the connection between sex and a strengthened immune system, the first line of defense against colds and flus.
Sex certainly has benefits that extend beyond the physical. When you have sex on a regular basis with your partner, not only do you feel closer to your partner, but you also develop a better sense of self-esteem about your body. The best way to reap the self-esteem benefit from sex is getting to know your body and how it responds to different touches and sensations.
Most of us probably don’t need to read a list of health benefits to want to have sex. But it’s definitely great knowing that sex has advantages that are part and parcel of the good life.
Katheryn Rivas is freelance writer and blogger who dedicates her time to discovering the latest online education trends. She also enjoys writing about health, personal finance, and sustainable living. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing softball or reading a good book. She encourages your comments at [email protected]