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7 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

Dr. Umer Amin

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With new researches on sexual wellness making headways, let us talk about the health benefits associated with having sex. Apart from acting as a mood booster, good sex life can also make you healthier—thanks to the cascade of hormones that are released. Here are some health benefits of sex that sexologists talk about.

De-stress yourself:

Sex floods the brain with happy hormones—known as endorphins (that are also released after exercise). Endorphins act to reduce stress by combating the stress hormones: cortisol and epinephrine. In small amounts, cortisol can boost efficiency, but during constant stress, it’s persistently raised level can wreak havoc on the system. When the stress hormones come down, pulse, blood pressure, and the blood sugar all normalize.

Better sleep:

Sex also causes the hormone, prolactin, to release from the brain. The release of this hormone is related to orgasm, and a surge of this hormone relaxes the brain post-orgasm. Increased prolactin is linked with a better and deeper sleep.

Immunity booster:

Research at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania found that sex causes increased levels of a particular antibody—Immunoglobulin A, that acts as the first defense of the body against colds and flus. 30 percent increased levels of immunoglobulin A were found in people who had sex compared to those who did not.

It’s good for the heart:

Sex counts as a moderately intense aerobics, that burns about 3 calories per minute in women, and we all know that aerobics is good for the heart. Furthermore, regular sex keeps the hormones—estrogen, and testosterone in balance. If the sex hormones are in balance, a lot of diseases like osteoporosis and heart diseases can be prevented.

One landmark study has also found that sex helps lower the systolic blood pressure (arterial blood pressure) that can be helpful in preventing heart diseases. Heart strains itself when it has to pump blood in a patient with hypertension; thus lowered systolic blood pressure would be good for the heart.

Better cognitive function:

Sex also helps the brain function better, according to British researchers. Data from English Longitudinal Study of Aging, has determined that sexually active men between ages 50 to 89 had good cognitive function. On the other hand, sexually active women benefited in terms of memory, with improved results seen with higher frequency.

Decreased risk of prostate cancer:

Research published in Journal of American Medical Association found that men who ejaculated frequently had a decreased probability of getting prostate cancer. Ejaculation rids the prostate of toxic debris and developing cancer cells. A minimum of 21 ejaculations a month causes the incidence rate of prostate cancer to drop by 33 percent.

Improves bladder control:

In women, sexual release helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that can be helpful in preventing urine incontinence. About 30 percent of women suffer from incontinence at some point in their lives, and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is important to prevent this. Moreover, the blood flow is increased to the pelvic floor muscles during sex and this helps strengthen them.

A healthy sex life leads to a healthier body. However, if you are suffering from sexual dysfunction or need to talk about your sexual health with an expert, feel free to book an appointment with a top sexologist in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Umer Amin - Author Dr. Muhammad Umar Amin is a Sexologist practicing in Gujranwala. Dr. Muhammad Umar Amin has the following degrees: MBBS, M.D, PGFM, CRSM and has 7 years of experience. You can book an appointment with Dr. Muhammad Umar Amin by calling us or using the 'book appointment' button. Dr. Umar thinks that there is a lack of awareness in the general public when it comes to sexual health and thus likes to make the public aware of these matters. You can look at some of his advice through these links.

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