When you’re having consenting sex, what’s not to love? On the other hand, having solo sex with yourself is pretty awesome as well. Either way, whether you’re doing it on your own or with someone else, it’s a full-body experience. There are benefits of being sexually active — more than you’d think.
What you don’t realize is that every time you have sex, you’re doing wonders for your body, soul, and brain. The feelings we have during sex are because of hormones in our body, but those hormones do more than just put a smile on our faces.
13 biggest benefits of being sexually active
If you’re in a dry spell or feeling a little sexually uninspired, it happens. You have a lot of things on your plate, and it’s common to put our sexual needs on the back burner. But that’s about to change. It’s time to end the dry spell and motivate yourself to get intimate.
[Read: The 13 signs it’s time to break you sexual dry spell]
And let’s be honest, after you read the benefits of being sexually active, you’ll want to get into your bedroom, grab your vibrator or partner, and get busy. Because the benefits are amazing.
Hopefully, after this, you won’t need that much convincing on what you need to do next. So, let’s get down to business and talk about sex, baby.
#1 Reduce stress. This isn’t a shocker. But it’s important to remind you of it. If you’re stressed, sex can greatly reduce those feelings. Why? Because of the increase of positive hormones and endorphins. In other words, stay calm and have sex. It’ll help take your stressful day down to a peaceful one. [Read: The thirst is real – 15 realities of not having sex for far too long]
#2 Get a good night’s sleep. Are you tossing and turning at night? If it’s a yes, I have a second question for you: are you having sex? When having sex, oxytocin is released into your body, which can help you get yourself a good night’s sleep. See, there’s a reason why guys fall asleep so quickly after sex! [Read: 14 incredible benefits of sex that’ll make you want more]
#3 Have glowing skin. We all want naturally glowing skin without needing to pick and poke at our faces. And you can have the skin of your dreams by having sex. Remember the whole “morning after” glow? Well, it’s not a myth. The combination of reducing stress, the flush of blood under your skin, and improved mood gives you that glow.
#4 Make your heart big and strong. When it comes to having a healthy heart, sex is at the top. It’s a great form of exercise, plus, it’s not boring like the gym. Having sex two times a week can reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke and heart attack. Plus, you can also drop a couple of calories while having fun under the sheets. For one minute of sex, you burn 4 calories. Better than any treadmill.
#5 Boost your self-esteem. When it comes to loving ourselves, it’s always been an issue. We don’t like this or that about ourselves, and it affects our self-esteem. But having sex, solo or with a partner, can boost your self-esteem, as sex makes you feel more confident about your body. That sounds good to me! [Read: 14 sexy secrets to be incredibly good in bed every time]
#6 Reduce your risk of prostate cancer. If you have a prostate, then you should know by having sex, you reduce your risk of prostate cancer. Not a bad way to fight off cancer. Men who ejaculate more than 21 times per month are 20% less likely to develop prostate cancer. In other words, regular ejaculation is good for you, whether it’s with your partner or during masturbation.
#7 Build up your immune system. You can take all the supplements you want, and that will help you boost your immune system. But, you can also help out your immune system by having sex. Gasp! Is it true? Yes! Researchers found that having sex a couple of times a week increases levels of immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that fights colds and infections.
#8 Soothe your cramps with sex. Oh, I know what you’re thinking when you read this. As a woman, if you’re having menstrual cramps, the last thing you want is anything around your vagina. But, it turns out having something around your vagina, other than a tampon, can help you reduce your cramps. But I also understand if you’re feeling nervous to have sex, then just look at the person you love. Yup, that’ll also help to reduce pain. Crazy, right? [Read: A complete guide to having sex while on your period]
#9 Couples that have sex, stay together. If you’re in a relationship, having regular sex can do wonders for your relationship. Firstly, it increases commitment, and secondly, it helps you emotionally connect to one another. Couples who have regular sex are more likely to stay together than couples who don’t have sex. [Read: How often do people have sex to maintain a healthy relationship]
#10 Get rid of your headache. If you have a headache, you probably just want to pop a Tylenol and chill on the couch. But sex may also be the answer to curing your headache. Oh, how the tables have turned. No more, “I have a headache” excuse. When having sex, oxytocin, and other positive hormones are released into the body, which can ease the pain of a headache.
#11 Keep a strong pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is an important part of the body as it controls orgasms and the flow of urine. If you’re leaking before or after you pee, you need to strengthen your pelvic floor. Aside from Kegels, you can strengthen your pelvic floor by having sex.
#12 Say bye to wrinkles. Do you have some wrinkles to smooth out? Ever thought about having sex? I know you went and bought an expensive anti-wrinkle cream, but don’t waste your money. Instead, have some sex. The hormone estrogen is released during sex, which helps plump the skin and smooth out fine lines. [Read: Safe and natural ways to increase your libido]
#13 Feel happier. Everyone wants to feel happier, but who knew all you needed to do was have more sex? When having sex, neurotransmitters are released that enhance one’s mood. Hence why after having sex, you feel mentally lighter and happier. Of course, it also matters who you’re having sex with.
[Read: Here’s how to get in the mood for sex and defy the dry spell]
There are tons of benefits of being sexually active. It’s literally the magic pill for everything. Whether it’s solo sex or sex with your partner, keep your sex life moving.
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