Why sex is good for you

Your body was designed for sex, and barring any disorders or unusual barriers, the adult human body experiences a whole host of health benefits when engaging in sexual activity with another person.

Improve your mood

It’s not just limited to orgasm; the pleasant feelings keep right on rolling. Those stress-reducing, mood-enhancing vibes can carry through to the rest of your day, improving interactions with your partner, increasing your job satisfaction, and improving your patience and connection with others.

Lengthen your life

Sex reduces the risk of prostate cancer, counts as physical activity and contributes to good heart health, helps your immune system fight off illness, improves short-term memory, and may contribute to reduced visible and chromosomal signs of aging.

Strengthen your marriage

Sex (with your partner) improves connection and commitment in a long-term relationship. Stable relationships are associated with lower risk of depression and better general health. It can’t override bad behavior outside of the bedroom, but it can contribute to higher rates of satisfaction and commitment to a relationship.

Become more attractive

Post-sex glow is a fact. It may be the exercise, the boost to your circulation, or the lowered stress, but regular sex contributes to a measurably younger-looking you.

Get better sleep

This works better in a long-term relationship than the kind where you get kicked out to make your own way home afterward, but sex is associated with better sleep. The combination of exercise, contented and relaxing brain-chemical responses, and security is a recipe for drowsiness.

Hurt less

The endorphins released during sex have been studied as natural pain relievers. So far, headaches and menstrual cramps are strong candidates for this all-natural partner-based eco-friendly treatment.

Have more sex

Having sex, especially as you age, is a great way to make sure you can keep having sex. Your body tends to adjust to facilitate a consistent amount of sex, which means you’ll want to adjust your frequency gradually. For men, regular sex can help avoid erectile dysfunction. For women, it can help guard against vaginal dryness.

While it’s demonstrably healthy to have sex, not all sex is healthy. Be wary of treating sex as a prescription to be taken on a set schedule. Mood and relationship-strengthening benefits can be compromised or lacking when sex doesn’t take place in safe spaces and with safe partners. Take the time to establish a relationship with a partner you can trust and feel confident with.

Take care of yourself

Don’t rush into sex hoping to take advantages of its health benefits without first understanding its impact on your whole self – mind, body, spirit. You’re a complete, interconnected organism, and you’ll want to be aware of and manage the impact of sex across all dimensions. At a physical level, find someone who respects your boundaries and capabilities and take precautions against unwanted pregnancy and sexual disorders. Establish go-to local health specialists to check in with on a regular basis. It is also a good idea to get regular STD checks, especially if your sexual relationships are on the less settled and consistent end of things.

In conclusion

Sex can be wonderful for you and your partner on a physical, mental, and emotional or spiritual level. Get the full advantage by first focusing on a healthy, stable relationship where you can practice regular safe sex in a committed, supportive environment.

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Aimee - Lifestyle Editor

Aimee is the lifestyle editor for livelife.guide, and works in the digital media industry. She covers a range of lifestyle topics, and has loads of awesome guides in the works for livelife.guide. In her spare time she prioritizes playing fetch with her dog, and drinking far too much tea.