Bonk – Good sex is good for your health!
Good sex makes us feel good, great sex makes us feel fantastic. That’s no surprise, but there are flow on health benefits to great sex too! It might seem obvious that enjoying regular, gorgeous sex with someone who cares about you or even with a range of exciting strangers will make you feel better about life an enhance your sense of wellness. But there are loads of studies showing why at a chemical level, having lots of good (safe!) sex leads directly to good health.
Forget using a headache as a reason to avoid sex! Orgasms release oxytocin, a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold. The University of Munster in Germany published research reporting that 60% of people with a migrane reported an less pain after sex, and 37% of people suffering a cluster headache reported an improvement. The researchers put this down to the the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins, being released by sex. Other research showed that women experienced less pain sensitivity and had a higher tolerance threshold when experiencing self-pleasure.
Sleep like a baby
During good sex and orgasm our bodies produce feel good chemicals oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins as well as the hormones serotonin and prolactin which help feelings of satisfaction and relaxation. All of these are helpful for sleep!
The ultimate stress relief
It will be no surprise to read evidence that physical or emotional intimacy in couples is associated with reduced stress levels. But this study found that people who had penetrative sex experienced lower stress-related blood pressure when speaking in public – and stress triggered the highest blood pressure levels in people who didn’t have sex. Michigan State University research also suggests that older women can avoid high blood pressure by having good sex. Hell, even hugging can help a healthy blood pressure.
Let’s do some cardio baby
Sex can be great cardiovascular exercise – and cardio helps burn calories, lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles and heart health, increase libido (win win!) and reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, and hypertension. This study suggested that on men in their 50s who have sex at least twice a week have 45% less risk of heart disease.
Orgasms are good for women
A good orgasm increases blood flow and releases natural pain-relief, strengthens your pelvic floor, creates more lubrication and can help prevent endometriosis and cramps. After menopause, regular sex helps prevent sexual pain from thinning walls or atrophy – it can be a case of use it or lose it!
Fight prostate cancer
Research from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD suggests that men who ejaculated 21 times in a month month or more were 30% less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who ejaculated less often. This may be due to the ‘flushing out’ of substances, and less calcification.
A healthier happier brain
Sex can help reduce stress, anxiety and increase happiness. People are likely to feel happier, and be more trusting. They are more likely to be intimate and express themselves emotionally and be less defensive. All of this helps boost healthy relationships, which also make us happier – it’s a circle of wellness.
Your brain can work better too, with a study showing that sexy 50 to 90 year olds had better memory than those without a sex life – and no surprises, they were less likely to feel depressed and lonely.
This research on women correlated frequent penetrative sex with better memory recognition of abstract words.
Lots of sex, with a partner or not, can make you look younger, boosting estrogen for glowing skin. Frequent sex has even been correlated with looking 7-12 years younger. How’s that for a youth serum!
Live longer (and enjoy it more!)
A study published in The BMJ concluded that risk of death was 50 percent lower in men who frequently had orgasms.
Going it alone? Get yourself some self-loving!
Masturbation delivers a lot of the same health benefits as sex! Go for it. Bonk has got your back!