In addition to simply feeling AH-MAY-ZING, there are quite a few benefits to having sex, and having it more frequently. From bringing you and your partner closer (obviously!) to lowering the risk of heart disease in men to half the rates experienced by guys who weren’t “getting it on,” sex is a free, exciting, and pleasurable way to improve your life and your relationship.
1- Getting Busy Keeps Your Relationship Strong
Study after study shows that couple who “do the deed” more often have more secure, happy, and satisfying relationships. And having sex can put you into a positive cycle of sex-more affection-more sex-even more affection that makes relationships feel amazing and function better.
2- Sex Lowers Stress Levels
Sex releases feel-good hormones that can help you shake off that bad day at work. When you “do the deed” your body produces all kinds of good-for-you substances, such as endorphins (stress, pain reduction), dopamine (ability to handle stress, anti-depressant, memory aid), serotonin (mood regulation, sleep, memory), DHEA (antidepressant). Sex even activates the same areas in your brain that are activated during meditation- how’s that for turning your “Om’s” into “Oh’s!”?
Bonus tip: having sex in the morning can set the tone for your entire day. You get a little workout in (yes, sex is exercise!), release some happy hormones, and start the day feeling super-connected to the person you love- sex is even better than that scrumptious, sugary mocha-latte-caffeine-bomb you normally start your day with!
3- Semen Is Like Drugs!
Chemicals found in semen, including oxytocin, melatonin, prolactin, and serotonin are natural antidepressants. These hormones can be absorbed by your body through both oral and vaginal intercourse. So the next time you’re feeling down, help him to “get it up,” and you’ll both feel better!
4- Sex Is Good For Your Heart
Studies have found that men who have sex twice a week have heart disease rates that are half that of the average population. For the ladies, orgasm releases oxytocin, which reduces blood pressure. And, as we mentioned earlier, sex is a form of aerobic exercise, and exercise is definitely good for the heart!
5- Sex Can Improve Sleep Quality
Sex releases oxytocin and lowers cortisol, helping you to feel close and snuggly with your partner while reducing stress-related chemicals in your body. And orgasm itself releases a chemical called prolactin that helps you fall asleep faster. So if you find yourself laying in bed, mind racing, and counting sheep just isn’t working, try getting frisky with your partner. And even if you don’t fall asleep right away afterwards, at least you’ll both drift off with a smile on your face!
Bonus Benefit! Sex Keeps You Looking Younger
A British study showed that couples who had sex 3 times per week looked 5-7 years younger than couples who had sex less frequently. Sex can release human growth hormone, which makes the skin more elastic, and we all know about that “glow” that you get after “getting it on.”
More sex instead of a 10-step nighttime beauty routine? Yes, please!
As you can see, there are a myriad of health and relationship benefits brought about by a frequent, satisfying relationship. But don’t take our word for it- we think you and your partner should do a little research in the bedroom for yourselves!