Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

Sex has many health benefits. It is a no brainer that sex is a kind of workout that helps burn calories and improve our cardiovascular health. It is also given that having sex relieves stress and helps us sleep better. Another known benefit of sex is that it boosts self-esteem. After all, we engage in sex to feel good about ourselves. But there are other health benefits of sex that might surprise you.

Sex boosts immunity

Good sex can be equated to good physical health. Researchers found that engaging in sexual activity once or twice weekly can heighten levels of an antibody known as immunoglobulin A or IgA. This antibody can protect you from catching colds and other infections.

Researchers at Wilkes University also found that, of the 112 college students who participated in the study, those who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of IgA compared to those who reported being abstinent, those who had less frequent sex, or those who had sex thrice or more weekly.

Sex reduces risk of prostate cancer

An Australian study reported in the British Journal of Urology International revealed that frequent ejaculations, especially in men in their 20s, may reduce prostate cancer risk. The study suggests that men who ejaculate five or more times a week while in their 20s may reduce the risk by a third.

Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that ejaculating 21 times or more monthly can lower the risk of prostate cancer in older men, compared with men in the same age bracket who ejaculate four to seven times a month.

Sex reduces minor pain

Having orgasms can release a hormone called oxytocin The surge of oxytocin during sex increases endorphins, and thus pain declines. So don’t be surprised if your PMS symptoms, arthritis pain, or headache seem to improve after a good sex. In a study reported in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, 48 participants who were exposed to oxytocin vapor had lower pain threshold (more than 50%) when their fingers were pricked.

Sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles

For women, Kegel exercises during sex not only give partners more pleasure. Such exercise also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles and helps minimize incontinence risk later in life.

Sex improves intimacy

As mentioned, having sex increases oxytocin levels, also known as love hormone or cuddle chemical, which helps partners bond and build trust.

In their study of 59 premenopausal women, University of North Carolina and University of Pittsburgh researchers found that more contact increases the oxytocin levels. The researchers also said that this hormone allows people to feel the urge to bond, to nurture, and to be generous.