When it comes to sex, HEALTH might not be high on your list, but experts say it can actually help you live longer.
From heart health to memory, fighting infections and boosting your immune system, one trip promises surprisesfor body and mind.
In April, a Japanese study found that men with a high sex drive live longer than their peers.
The researchers collected data from 8,500 men over a seven-year period and found that those who were interested in sex at the start of the study had a 69 percent lower risk of dying at the end.
Doctors agree and today Sun on Sunday Health reveals exactly how fooling around can prolong your life and improve your physical and mental health.
dr Jenny Ellenbogen, NHS and ZoomDoc Health GP said: “Sex as part of a consensual and healthy relationship can provide many physical and mental health benefits that can help you live longer and for good.”It doesn’t matter how long you stay in the bedroom.
“Even a few seconds or minutes is good for you. The act gets your heart racing and comes with a host of other benefits that may surprise you.
“Sex isn’t just about pleasure or having babies, it can have a huge impact on our well-being.
“Whether you do it once a week, monthly, or daily, there’s a long list of ways it can help you stay healthier and live longer.”
Here, Dr. Elbow eight of them. . .
IMPROVED HEART HEALTH: Sex is a form of physical activity, and it can help pump blood throughout the body, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce the risk of serious causes like high blood pressure and heart attacks.
Most sex sessions offer the same cardio benefits as light gardening.
If you do it four or five times a week, it feels more like running a mile.
IMMUNITY: A scientific study of more than 100 college students in romantic relationships found that those who had sex frequently (once or twice a week) had far more immunoglobulin A (IgA) — the antibody that protects against disease — in their saliva than those who did who had sex less often (less than once a week).
Because antibodies are the body’s first line of defense against all sorts of infections, from gastrointestinal ailments to colds and coughs to sexually transmitted diseases, carrying antibodies — especially in winter when infections are common — offers even more benefits than just keeping warm.
PAINKILLER: Headaches are a familiar excuse for not having sex, but getting passionate might be just what the doctor ordered.
During orgasm, the happiness hormone endorphin and the pain-relieving hormone oxytocin, also known as the love drug, are released.
They have been found to act as natural pain relievers, helping to relieve everything from headaches to arthritis pain to menstrual cramps.
In a study of migraine sufferers, 60 percent reported improvement if they had sex while suffering from the symptoms, and 70 percent reported moderate to complete pain relief.
REDUCED CANCER RISK: Researchers have found a link between frequent sex and a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
Frequent ejaculation, particularly in young men, is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer later in life.
The study found that men who had an average of 4.6 to seven ejaculations per week were 36 percent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 70 than men who had an average of 2.3 or fewer times ejaculated per week.
STRONGER MUSCLES: There are additional health benefits for women as well.
The contractions that occur during orgasm strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which helps prevent urinary incontinence and improve sexual function.
A strengthened pelvic floor has other benefits as well, including a reduced likelihood of developing a pelvic floor.
BETTER SLEEP: After an orgasm, the body releases prolactin, a hormone responsible for feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.
This can help improve sleep quality, which in turn allows your body to prepare for itday, helps you to concentrate and supports the memory function.
LESS DEPRESSION: Sex — and orgasms in particular — helps release a range of endorphins and neurotransmitters that elevate mood and induce feelings of contentment and happiness.
They all act as natural antidepressants.
It has been found that women who orgasm more often through sex are happier in their relationships and their mental health improves, contributing to happier and longer lives.
Stress Relief: Regular sex is great for relieving stress.
It can increase self-esteem and reduce anxiety.
The intimacy associated with sexual activity can foster a deep emotional connection and increase feelings of safety and support between bed partners.
Anything that keeps stress levels down reduces the risk of the big killers: heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure.