The Physical + Psychological Benefits of Sex

You know that moment in your life when you haven’t had sex in a while and you’re feeling down, sluggish and miserable. It might be the lack of bedroom fun that is making you low.

Did you know having frequent sex has not only physical benefits but psychological benefits! Never feel ashamed to have sex, because you’re just taking care of yourself…

Psychological Benefits of Increased Sex

Sex not only feels good… it does good too! Frequent sex has been linked to a better quality of life and has attributes that may actually help you psychologically.

  • Better self-image: Sex can improve the way we see ourselves. It can reduce feelings of insecurity and increase self love.
  • Higher rates of happiness: More consensual, healthy sex and better quality sex increases happiness.
  • More bonding: Brain chemicals are released during sex, including endorphins, which decrease irritability and feelings of depression. Another hormone, oxytocin (the “hug drug”) increases with nipple stimulation and other sexual activity.
  • Relief from stress: Someone struggling with stress tend to have a lower sex frequency. However, sex can be an effective stress management technique. Sex can reduce the release of stress hormones like adrenaline.

Sex can aid your psychological health… so of course it helps your physical health!

  • Better physical fitness: Sex is a form of exercise. According to the American Heart Association, sexual activity is equivalent to moderate physical activities, like brisk walking or climbing two flights of stairs. The motion of sex can tighten and tone abdominal and pelvic muscles. For women, improved muscle tone improves bladder control.
  • Improved immune function: Being more sexually active has positive effects on immune function. Regular sex may even lower your likelihood of getting a cold or the flu.
  • Lower pain levels: The endorphins from any physical exercise especially sex, can help keep you calm and relaxed. Sex endorphins also appear to reduce migraine and back pain.
  • May promote weight loss: Having sex for 30 minutes burns an average of 200 calories. The rewarding brain chemicals released during sex can subdue food cravings and support weight loss.
  • Positive cardiac effects: Sexual activity (but not masturbation) have been linked to a lower blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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    SophiaWritten by Sophia Ivory

    Curly hair and she don’t care, this stylish babe plays by her own rules. With a love for dance and all things body positive, you’ll usually find her searching out the latest fashion trends and digging through local thrift stores. Word of warning, don’t bring your dachshund around her, she’ll want to keep it.

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