10 Health Benefits of Sex for Women

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Are you having enough sex? Intimacy between the sheets is associated with a large number of women’s health benefits. People who regularly have sex report being happier and feeling more connected to their partners. But there are many other reasons why maintaining a healthy sex life is a good idea. Is sex good for women’s health? Yes. Here’s why.

1. Lowers stress

Several women’s health issues are a result of stress, with one example being heart disease. Fortunately, sex might be able to help and be a fantastic stress-reliever. During sex, your brain’s pleasure centers are hit with dopamine while your cortisol level drops. Oxytocin that boosts feelings of friendship and happiness is also released in droves. When you’re stressed out, this chemical cocktail that rushes into your brain when you’re having intercourse is exactly what you need to calm your mood. And you can never have enough endorphins, right?

2. Boosts your immune system

Pennsylvania’s Wilkes University research center found that college students who had sex at least once a week had higher levels of immunoglobulin A in their saliva. Immunoglobulin A is an antibody that helps your body fight off harmful foreign invaders and continue living a healthy life. 

Sex can boost your body’s serotonin level too. This hormone helps produce “happy feelings”, and scientists believe that there’s a link between depression and the body’s serotonin level. 

3. Lowers your blood pressure

High blood pressure can have a very strong effect on your health. It can lead to serious or fatal cardiovascular complications. Research shows that high blood pressure can actually affect a woman’s ability to orgasm! And sex has been linked to positive cardiovascular effects in women as well as lower systolic blood pressure readings. 

4. You sleep better

A satisfying round of sex can help you fight insomnia. After your body reaches orgasm, it’s hit with a wave of prolactin, a hormone that promotes relaxation. And research shows that sex triggers the production of significantly more prolactin than masturbation does. 

5. Increased libido

High libido is associated with a myriad of benefits, for example, it contributes to your self-esteem and pain resistance. You’ll feel more desire for your partner which can turn into feeling more desired yourself. There are reasons why most people want to be connected to their sexual nature.

6. Improves cardiovascular health

Sex and health are closely linked. Women who reported having a satisfying sex life had a reduced risk of hypertension and other problems. The study’s authors posit that having lots of happy sex is good for your heart. It might be because a woman’s sexual satisfaction with her partner is often linked to her improved emotional well-being. 

7. Trains your pelvic floor

Pelvic floor muscles which are responsible for controlling your urine flow can be weakened naturally through age or by pregnancy. And if you’ve ever peed while laughing, it’s because you need to exercise them more. During sex, these muscles will get a good workout. You can exercise them on your own, but what fun is that when there are so many positions for two?

8. Creates intimacy

Perhaps unsurprisingly, researchers have found that sex creates intimacy and affection in relationships. The more sex a couple has, the more they feel connected to each other. Expert research shows that physical touch and affection are very important, even for couples who have been together for a long time. 

9. Protects your brain

Women who remained sexually active into old age had better cognitive functioning than those who stopped fooling around. Researchers measured the women’s ability to recall words and adjusted the results to account for factors like depression and the women’s physical activity level. Sexually active women performed much better on the test. 

10. Burns calories

Both men and women burn calories during bedroom romps. You get to stretch your body and move in unusual ways. You won’t burn a ton of calories, some estimates put it at 5 calories per minute, but you’ll still be energizing your body. 

A satisfying sex life = major benefits

Sex and women’s sexuality are subjects that are fraught with emotion. Sometimes women feel embarrassed to talk about their sexual needs and look for all sorts of secret recipes to compensate for it. However, sex is a healthy activity that provides a ton of benefits! It can help keep your body and mind active as you age. Although the activity is healthy and beneficial for both genders, there are certain health bonuses that only benefit women. 

By Kate Shkodzik, MD 

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