sex & relationships

8 ways sex is good for your health

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Written by Emmi Bowles

1. Healthy Heart

Depending on how vigorously you go at it, sex is a form of exercise and cardio. Your heart rate gets higher and your BPM is at its highest during an orgasm.

Studies have shown that the average peak heart rate at orgasm is the same as it is during light exercise like walking up a flight of stairs. It might not be enough to keep most people fit and healthy but if you do it enough it will soon add up.

2. Lowers Blood Pressure

Now a lot of you probably don’t even think about your blood pressure and wont until you hit your 50s or higher, but a healthy blood pressure level is really important. Being intimate with someone and embracing them can lower your blood pressure.

3. Strength your immune system

Despite some of the nasty disease that can come from unprotected sex a study has found a link between how often you get down to how strong your immune system.

A study by LTC found that students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the illness-fighting substance in their bodies which strengthened their immune system. It might not be a cure for the common cold but it’s worth a try right.

4. Boosts your Libido

Basically having more sex will make your sex a lot better. Ladies, the more you have sex the more blood flow, lubrication and the elasticity of your vagina increases. Al of these put together will make sex feel a lot better and you will just want more.

Think of it this way. Remember how it hurt the first time but the more your kept at it the better it felt? Yeah exactly!

5. Stronger Pelvic Floor

If you don’t know what a pelvic floor is, it is the muscle that holds everything in places down there, so you don’t wee yourself when you cough. If the sex is good enough then it is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles and with every orgasm they contact which strengthens them even more.

Have more sex now to prevent you needed incontinence underwear in your 70s.

6. Burns Calories

Obviously it all depends on how active you are when it comes to sex. If you are just laying there making them do all the work then I’m sorry you aren’t going to burn off that slice of cake.

Kissing can burn 2 to 3 calories a minutes, taking off each other’s clothing burns 8 to 10 calories and a half hour romp can burn around 140 calories or more depending on the positions you try – apparently girls cowgirl is great for burning some extra calories.

7. Helps relieve pain

If she ever says “not tonight I have a headache” then throw this one at her. The hormones that are released after an orgasm can help ease pain whether it’s a minor headache or back pain! These endorphins not only make you feel happier but they closely resemble morphine.

8. Lighter Periods

That’s right girls! Having sex can make your periods not only lighter but can reduce the amount of cramps you get! When you orgasm your uterus contracts, this basically gets rid of any cramp-causing compounds.

It can also help to get rid of blood and tissue quicker making your periods go by faster. If that’s not a good enough reason to get some new underwear for a night in I don’t know what is!