You know that feeling you get after a night of fun, rough romping? That above-the-clouds feeling of euphoria, the heightened sensations of pleasure, that goofy, extended smile that remains plastered on your face? What about that physical glow, feeling like all your muscles have worked out and relaxed?
That’s because sex is awesome.
There’s no doubt that sex is one of life’s most wondrous pleasures. There’s just so much to do, so much to explore. Turns out that the benefits of sex extend beyond just feeling good, but affect your physical being just as much as your mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Here are some benefits of getting laid.
See ya later, stress
Stress is the leading factor of a shorter life. Stress is usually affecting your body in ways that you don’t even know, causing aches, pains, restlessness, and a disruption of good hormones.
Here’s an interesting study; even something as seemingly drastic as erectile dysfunction can be linked back to a simple stress response.
“Endorphins, which block pain during stress, also block the release of LHRH (luteinizing hormone releasing hormone). In turn, a decrease in LHRH causes a drop in LH (luteinizing hormone), a hormone important in testosterone production. FSH, which stimulates sperm formation, also declines. To add fuel to the fire, cortisol, the main stress hormone, makes the testes less responsive to LH. The underlying power behind all these reactions is the mind. Reconditioning the brain is the key element in reversing it.”
When you’re stressed, there is a decrease in the LHRH (luteinizing hormone releasing hormone) associated with the production of testosterone in men and ovulation in women. The less stress you have, the easier LHRH is produced.
And ladies, if you’re of consenting age, using a steady birth control method and trust your partner(s), boy do I have some news for you.
Apparently semen is an actual anti-depressant. In a study at SUNY Albany, scientists concluded that in a group of women, the ones who were not using condoms and exposed their vagina to sperm were much happier than the group that always used condoms.
A boost in your libido
Having sex makes you want to have more sex, which makes you more inclined to have sex. Ironically, if your libido is feeling listless, then maybe all you need to do is give yourself a little boost.
Sounds simple? ‘Cause it is.
“For women, having sex ups vaginal lubrication, bloodflow, and elasticity, she says, all of which make sex feel better and help you crave more of it.”
Setting time apart for sex may not be the sexiest way to get things started, but it definitely revitalizes your libido.
“We schedule doctor’s appointments, work meetings, and drinks with friends—so why not sex? It’s not the most romantic approach, but setting aside a specific time with your significant other means you’re making a commitment to having an active sex life. This way, you’ll feel compelled to keep the appointment and be less likely to make excuses.”
Helps strengthen immune system
Sex, for women in particular, jumpstarts the immune system during coital activity. Since the female body is preparing for a possible implantation for pregnancy, immune responses are heavy.
“The researchers also found that during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle—the period of time before ovulation—Type 1 T-cell count surged in sexually active. This helps the body safeguard against illnesses and infections that could ultimately inhibit a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant.”
It’s not just sex that boosts your immune system, either. It’s intimacy in general. The simple act of touching reduces the surplus of cortisol that affects you during stressful times.
Your heart gets a boost
A steamy session should, at the very least, end with the both of you collapsed and panting. There is a common misconception that sex is connected to heart failure, but this is a very rare occurrence.
MelMagazine debunks this misconception, however.
“Despite the cliché, you should pretty much never worry about having a heart attack during sex. According to research out of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, while sudden cardiac arrest results in more than 300,000 deaths each year in the U.S., fewer than 1 percent were linked with sexual activity. In fact, only 1 in 100 men and 1 in 1,000 women experience sudden cardiac arrest during sexual activity, according to the data.”
No doubt, sex is a form of exercise. It burns calories and gets blood pumping throughout your body.
If you’ve been slow on activity, a sexual boost may be all you need to leave you feeling restarted and refreshed.
Ever knocked TF out after some fun with your partner? Aside from being exhausted, sex also improves sleep.
A study reported by Business Insider says the key is for both partners to reach climax.
460 people surveyed between the ages of 18 and 70 proved that sleep was better after both partners have reached orgasm due to the release of oxytocin, a hormone associated with sexual reproduction.
This hormone is considered “the love hormone” and helps relax your mind, inducing good dreams during your REM cycle.
“The same part of your brain that regulates your arousal also regulates your sleep-wake cycle.”
So yeah, there are more benefits to getting laid than you think.
Next time you aren’t feeling the best, test it out. Consider whether you have been intimate with a partner or not and pay attention to how your body responds after doing so.