If ever there was good medical news, it’s this: Sex is good for your health. Honestly.
Enjoy Sex, Live Longer
Research has linked regular, pleasurable sex to multiple health benefits, including:
- Pain relief. Women report in numerous studies that sexual activity helps with relief of chronic pain, such as back pain and headaches, and that they have a higher threshold of pain when they engage in sex regularly. One reason is the increase of the feel-good endorphin hormones, the body’s natural painkiller, brought on by sexual arousal and orgasm.
- Fighting flu and colds. Sex also increases your levels of immunoglobulin A (lgA), the cell protein that fights viral infections and helps you ward off colds and flu. A study of Pennsylvania college students showed that those who engaged in sexual activity once or twice a week had 30 percent higher levels of lgA than students who were abstinent.
- Cutting down on cancer. Different studies show a strong correlation between men who ejaculate frequently (solo or with a partner) and a reduced risk for prostate cancer and heart disease, and an increased life span. Men who had 21 or more ejaculations per month from ages 40-49 and up had a lower risk of prostate cancer than those men who reported just 4-7 ejaculations per month.
- Looking younger. A 10-year study of more than 3,500 people examining factors associated with youthfulness found that the participants who had the most sexual activity were generally thought to be about 10 years younger than their actual age.
- In fact, studies show that people with active sex lives tend to exercise more frequently and have better dietary habits than those who are less sexually active. Whether a healthy lifestyle is caused by or is the result of a healthy sex life has not been determined. But one thing is clear: They are connected. If you don’t have either, start working on improving one and the other is likely to follow.