5 Surprising Health Benefits of an Active Sex Life

January 16, 2023

Health Hack

When it comes to our health and well-being, sex is often thought of as a bit of a guilty pleasure – something we do for fun, but not necessarily something that's good for us. But as it turns out, regular sexual activity can actually have a number of surprising health benefits. From boosting immunity to improving sleep, an active sex life can have a positive impact on your overall health in ways you might not have expected.

So let's get down to business and learn more about the surprising health perks of getting busy between the sheets!

1. Boosted immunity: how sex can keep you healthy

Did you know that having sex on the regular can actually boost your immune system? According to one study, people who have sex more frequently have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva, which helps to protect against colds and other infections. And if you're not in a relationship, don't worry – solo sex can also have immune-boosting benefits!

2. Stress relief: how sex can help you relax

It probably won't come as much of a surprise that sex can help reduce stress and improve your overall sense of well being. According to a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, sexual activity significantly decreases daily stress levels.

This is likely because sex triggers the release of feel-good hormones like oxytocin and endorphins, which can help you relax and unwind. So next time you're feeling stressed, consider getting intimate with your partner — it just might help you de-stress and feel more relaxed.

3. Heart health: the positive impact of sex on your cardiovascular system

According to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, people who have sex regularly have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke compared to those who have sex infrequently or not at all. This is likely because sex can help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of developing blood clots.

4. Better sleep: have an active sex life can improve your zzz’s

According to the Sleep Foundation, sexual activity can often contribute to better sleep. In addition to reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, orgasm leads to the release of hormones like oxytocin and prolactin that can induce pleasant, relaxing feelings, helping you fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. And good news for you single folks: these effects appear to be associated with orgasm whether you’re with a partner or not!

5. Increased intimacy: how sex can strengthen your relationship

Sex is an inherently intimate activity, but the benefits of that intimacy extend outside the bedroom as well. According to a study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, couples who have sex regularly report higher levels of relationship satisfaction compared to those who have sex infrequently or not at all. sex can help build trust, increase communication, and foster emotional connection — all of which can lead to increased intimacy and closeness. 

Remember to be safe!

So next time you're looking for ways to improve your health and happiness, consider incorporating more intimacy into your routine. Remember to always practice safe sex and prioritize your own and your partner's physical and emotional well-being, and don't be afraid to seek the guidance of a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or questions. ZoomCare Primary Care providers and Women's Health specialists are just a scheduled-visit away...Happy hanky panky!

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