7 Health Benefits of Sex
Can’t get to sleep and stay asleep? Don’t have the energy to get out of bed? Want to do something about feeling irritable for no reason? Wish you felt better physically and mentally? Maybe you really don’t need to make an appointment with your doctor. May all you need is to have more sex instead!
Scientists have known for some time now that our endocrine system shifts into hyperdrive when we have sex. The release of a cascade of hormones during intimacy not benefits your overall health but also makes you feel really, really good.
Endorphins, testosterone, oxytocin and estrogen are some of the hormones your glands release while having sex. In fact, sexual activity culminating in orgasm floods your blood stream with these hormones because your brain wants to feel as much pleasure as possible. If we didn’t have an endocrine system capable of producing hormones, an orgasm wouldn´t be much gratifying.1
Is Lack of Sexual Desire Linked to Health Problems?
Hormones like estrogen and progesterone (for women) and testosterone (for men) have a strong influence on your desire for sex. As you age, the ovaries and testes produce less hormones. This is especially problematic for women who experience a greater loss of estrogen and progesterone than men experience with testosterone.
Loss of libido may also be attributed to psychological issues which can be successfully addressed with appropriate psychological counseling. However, it remains, more often than not, a “hormone” thing that can be helped by starting a bioidentical hormone replacement treatment.
Here are more reasons why having sex is good for your health and why BHRT may be just what you need to “re-light” the fire you felt in your younger years:
Sex Releases Endorphins
Endorphins are your body’s natural pain relievers. In fact, the chemical structure of endorphin molecules looks similar to morphine molecules, which partially explains why they have such a powerful, analgesic effect on pain. Endorphins also mediate stress, elevate mood and may contribute to the release of gonadotropin hormones promoting sexual response in men and women.
Anti-aging Effect of Sex
One reason (among hundreds of other physiological reasons) why wrinkled skin, gray hair and extra love handles go hand-in-hand with aging is because your reproductive glands significantly reduce their output of estrogen and testosterone once you reach 40. The upside to this is that every time you have an orgasm, the testes and ovaries squeeze out a little bit of testosterone and estrogen remaining in them. These hormones in particular help nourish skin, hair, bones and supports healthy functioning of the cardiovascular system. 2
Ante Up Your Immune System with Antibodies
According to several studies, people who regularly have sex appear to have high levels of IgA (immunoglobulin A antibodies) in their bloodstream that can help ward off infections and disease. Instead of using sick days for actually being sick, try using them for having sex with your significant other! 3
Sex is Definitely More Fun Than the Treadmill
In addition to benefiting your skin, hair and heart, sex also contributes to fortifying bones and muscles. Testosterone boosts protein activity in muscles and promotes synthesis of vitamin D for bone health. For women, estrogen seems to reduce the risk of heart disease and possibly some cancers.4 If you want to burn off calories, stimulate your glands and relieve stress, don’t go to a crowded gym and get bored walking endlessly on a treadmill–grab your partner and head to the bedroom instead.
Decreased Rates of Prostate Cancer
A longitudinal study found that “high ejaculation frequency may be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer”. Men reporting at least 21 ejaculations each month compared more favorably in regards to prostate cancer development than men reporting less than seven ejaculations per month.5
In addition to BHRT, Renew Health and Wellness offers holistic, effective treatments for a variety of sexual problems. Call us today to schedule a consultation appointment with our doctor who can help you get back in the “groove”!