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Benefits of Sex

Explore the benefits that sex offers your mind and body.

Many consider sex to be a taboo topic, when in fact, it really shouldn’t be. Many people still have various questions about sex that they are too afraid to ask because of this taboo stigma attached to the topic. Where there are questions, it is better to have knowledgeable answers than to have the questions cast aside as irrelevant or off-limits. Sex is considered as a bad thing by many people for many different reasons, but the fact remains that sometimes sex can actually do you a world of good.  Want to know why? Read on about the benefits of sex.

Benefits that Sex offers your body

Sex should always be practiced safely, using condoms, with a person you trust and respect. Practicing such regular, safe sex with a loyal partner has been proven to have many positive effects on the body.

Not only does safe regular sexual intercourse keep your fitness levels up (can anyone say “cardio”?), but it can also actually help keep sickness at bay.  Sexual intercourse causes a spike in immunoglobulins, which in turn causes the immune system to automatically become stronger too, fighting diseases off more easily. A stronger immune system will start to form over time, and you will feel sick less often. Not only that, but sex also forces you to start to practice how to breathe better. This leads to breathing that is better controlled, meaning asthma and hay fever may affect you even less than before.

Sex is also said to increase a person’s life span, because of reduced stress levels, which means less chance for a heart-attack. It’s also said that sex can make you look younger – especially since those stress lines from frowning probably won’t be in as much use as before. Because the act of sexual intercourse combats stress, which leads to feeling more content, and ultimately leads to sleeping better, all of these wonderful positive side effects are possible.

The release of oxytocin and endorphins (happy hormones) make the experience even more enjoyable.

Benefits that Sex offers your mind

As mentioned before, when we have sex some “happy hormones” (oxytocin and endorphins) are produced. This means our minds can be in a happier, more peaceful state after we’ve had sex. Because these hormones make us feel happier and calmer, we tend to sleep better, and therefore cope better with stress levels. This reflects in our daily lives, at home, at work, and in our relationships.

At work we can focus better and cope more effectively with stress, while still getting all our work done efficiently. In terms of relationships, we can be more objective and loving because we are in a calmer state of mind, and having happy hormones dancing around our brain. The relationship we have with our partner can particularly benefit from regular sexual intercourse, as sex not only calms us down and makes us happier, but it makes us feel much closer, and emotionally connected to our partner.

Sexual intercourse brings about an even deeper level of affection, and can make you feel more connected to one another.

How you should be having sex?

There are no rules or guidelines as to how often exactly you should be having sex; or even for how long in which position for that matter. What it comes down to is that you need to figure out what makes you happiest and most comfortable.

It is healthy to experiment with different positions, lubes, or even toys, to enhance your experience in the bedroom. Once you have figured out what works for you, things can only get better – for you personally, your relationships, and at work.

Explore the rest of our articles for tips on having sex, whether its your first time or you are just looking to spice up your sex life.

Usually we want sex as a physical expression of the love and affection we share with somebody in particular. People, however, all have sex for different reasons; but just remember that sex is a personal decision, and should never be taken too lightly. As long as proper protection is worn (in condom form, or another reliable contraceptive), sex is in fact very healthy for not only the body, but also the mind.

Sex is a stress-reliever, a “happy hormone” producer, and disease-diminishing act that brings us closer to the one we love, and helps us understand ourselves (especially our bodies) better. Go and explore.

 

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