Stress Management And Sex: How Regular Sex Can Benefit Your Mind And Body

Stress Management And Sex: How Regular Sex Can Benefit Your Mind And Body

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Introduction   Research has conclusively found that having traditional sexual intercourse can decrease the number of stress people feel daily. Stress is caused by the secretion of a hormone called ‘cortisol,’ often called the “stress hormone.” Researchers have also found in the same study

Introduction  

Research has conclusively found that having traditional sexual intercourse can decrease the number of stress people feel daily. Stress is caused by the secretion of a hormone called ‘cortisol,’ often called the “stress hormone.” Researchers have also found in the same study that regular coitus is linked to lower odds of dying from cancer, heart disease, and other related illnesses.  

Studies have found an equivalency between a workout between the sheets and an exercise regimen of “moderate-intensity.” There seem to be good reasons to believe that stress could be both an aphrodisiac and a mood lifter among young men and women.   

Washington University researchers found that the more sex someone had, the lower was their risk of dying. People who had sex weekly were 49 percent less likely to die than those who fooled around once a year or less. Their odds of dying from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other related causes were 21, 69, and 48 percent lower than average.  

This research stemmed from the fact that sexual intercourse released feel-good hormones in the brain, which boost mental health. These hormones (dopamine and serotonin) promote the activity of “natural killer cells,” which work round the clock to relieve mild depression, stress, and anxiety. People who had regular sex also reported fewer cortisol secretions in the bloodstream, making them happier and more joyful individuals. 

All-Round Benefits Of Regular Sex  

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This study suggests that sex can also be useful for the cardiovascular health of an individual. Although sex in itself isn’t always enough, its sole contribution is substantial and cannot be overlooked. Some other benefits of sex include:  

  • Lowering of blood pressure  
  • Burning of calories  
  • Increasing the health of the heart  
  • Strengthening core muscles  
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension  
  • Increasing libido  

People with active sex lives tend to exercise more frequently and have better dietary habits that those who are less sexually active. Physical fitness is also a critical factor that can affect a person’s sexual performance. Thus, it is essential to make sure you get regular exercise to improve your mood and sexual performance.   

 

Better Sleep  

During sex, our bodies release a hormone called ‘oxytocin’ or the ‘love and intimacy’ hormone. They also release endorphins during orgasm. The combination of these hormones can act as sedation. This sedation, in turn, can contribute to better sleep. Better sleep can contribute to:  

  • A stronger immune system  
  • A longer lifespan  
  • Feeling more well-rested  
  • Having more energy throughout the day  

Gender-Specific Benefits  

 

  • Males  

A recent review found that men who had regular penile-vaginal intercourse had less risk of developing prostate cancer. Another study found that men who averaged 4.6 to 7 ejaculations a week were 36 percent less likely to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis before 70, in comparison to men who reported ejaculating 2.3 or fewer times a week on average. 
 

  • Females  

In females, sexual activity can increase blood flow and release natural pain-relieving chemicals in the bloodstream. Here are some other benefits:   

  • Improvement in bladder control  
  • Relief in menstrual and premenstrual cramps  
  • Improved fertility  
  • Helps produce more vaginal lubrication  
  • Helps build stronger pelvic muscles  

 Women who continue to have sex after menopause are less likely to have significant vaginal atrophy, thinning vaginal walls.  

Conclusion  

Sex is an integral part of life and overall well-being. In relationships, orgasms play a significant role in bonding. Physical and emotional benefits like reduced risk of heart disease, improved self-esteem, and more can come from having sex.  

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