9 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

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A good sex life is one way to stay happy, healthy and fit.
For example, sex can actually cause you to get fewer colds. Research has shown that couples who have sex weekly have a 30 percent increase in immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights infection. Sex can also help women have a more predictable period schedule, as a result of being exposed to male pheromones.
In addition, having sex reduces stress -- for physiological as well as emotional reasons. Sex activates a nerve that has a calming effect. Having sex also lowers blood pressure, which reduces the risk of heart disease.
Sex can even reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol!

1-Stress Reduction
Who likes stress? Not me! Engaging in regular sexual activity has been shown to help reduce cortisol levels (the little chemical that when elevated, makes us stressed) after engaging in “positive physical contact” with a partner. Not to mention, sexual activity releases endorphins, which help make us feel good.

2-Boosts Libido
This is kind of an obvious one – more sex = better sex, and an improved libido. Sex also helps keep the women’s vaginal walls more elastic, and improves vaginal lubrication and blood flow, all of which make sex feel better, and thus, makes us crave it more often.

3-Immune System Support
People who have sex frequently (one or two times a week) have significantly higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA).1 Your IgA immune system is your body's first line of defense.
Its job is to fight off invading organisms at their entry points, reducing or even eliminating the need for activation of your body's immune system. This may explain why people who have sex frequently also take fewer sick days.2

4-Weight Maintenance 
One amazing health benefit of sex is that it helps keep your waistline slim too! Sex helps boost your heart rate, and thus enables your body to burn calories and strengthen muscles (depending on how enthusiastic you are feeling that day, of course).
5-Better Sleep
Want to sleep better? The oxytocin rush after climax helps increase relaxation and will help you doze off faster. And besides, who doesn’t love cuddling and falling asleep together after you just shared a beautiful engagement together?

6-Pain Relief
Sexual activity releases pain-reducing hormones and has been found to help reduce or block back and leg pain, as well as pain from menstrual cramps, arthritis and headaches. One study even found that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of a headache in some migraine and cluster headache patients.68. Brain Boosting

7-Stronger Bonding
It’s a no-brainer that sex helps increase intimacy and improves your relationship. Sex increases your levels of the hormone oxytocin (especially when you orgasm), the “love” hormone, which strengthens the bond between partners (also, another reason why cuddling feels so good after the fact).

 8-Improves Women's Bladder Control
A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives.
Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.

9-Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Research suggests a link between sex and lower blood pressure, says Joseph J. Pinzone, MD. He is CEO and medical director of Amai Wellness.
“There have been many studies,” he says. “One landmark study found that sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure.” That's the first number on your blood pressure test.
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