Can Sex Help You Live Longer?
Sex is fun, sex is romantic, sex brings couples closer together. But did you know that sex can actually help you live longer?
It’s been said that famous blond bombshell Mae West once declared, “Forget the apples; it’s an orgasm a day that keeps the doctors away.” Current medical research seems to indicate she may have been right!
A recent study by Duke University reported that having around 200 orgasms a year could reduce your “physiological age” by about six years. Another study, this one in the UK, found that people who had at least two orgasms every week had half the death rate of those who had sex less than once a month.
The researchers attributed this to several reasons, primarily, that an orgasm is a “release” in more ways than one. Orgasms reduce stress and tension. They can also:
- Boost your immune system
- Improve sleep
- Strengthen muscles and decrease pain
- Improve blood flow
- Fight depression and negativity
In 2010, the New England Research Institute conducted a massive study. Its results suggested that regular sexual activity may reduce heart disease risk. Here are some other health benefits of sex, some of which can add years to your life.
Sex regulates hormone levels.
Among other things, a healthy hormone profile promotes regular menstrual cycles and decreases negative menopause symptoms.
Sex reduces migraine headaches and other systemic pain.
Next time your partner says, “not tonight, I have a headache,” say you have just the cure! Although it doesn’t seem like sex would help relieve a headache, it actually can. During sex, the hormone oxytocin is released in your body. Oxytocin reduces pain. In a study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, volunteers who inhaled oxytocin vapor and then had their fingers pricked felt only half as much pain as others who did not inhale any oxytocin.
Sex reduces stress and lowers blood pressure.
There is another benefit of the oxytocin released during orgasm: it calms the nerves. Studies done on lab rats have shown that oxytocin counteracts the effects of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Sex also helps you sleep better. When your partner rolls over and starts snoring after a good bout in the bed, it’s not just from physical exhaustion. Oxytocin not only calms you down but it also specifically promotes sleep.
Sex reduces the risks of both breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.
In 2003, Australian researchers published a study showing that the more often men ejaculate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer.
Studies have also shown that women who have vaginal intercourse have less risk of breast cancer than those who don’t.
Sex boosts self-esteem and improves mood.
The psychological benefits of healthy sex life are many. The feeling of walking around on cloud nine after sex lasts longer than you think. A healthy sex life leads to long-term satisfaction with one’s mental health and enhances your ability to communicate honestly and intimately. People who are sexually active are less likely to have alexithymia. This is a personality trait characterized by the inability to express or understand emotions.
Not that you needed an excuse to have more sex, “have an orgasm and call me in the morning” could be just what the doctor ordered to add years to your life!