Happiness isn’t found in sex itself, but sex does ultimately play a role in human happiness. Sex is good, but sex with intimacy is even better. A large part of this has to do with the chemical changes that occur in your body when you are touched. Caressing, hugging, stroking, and cuddling all send a chain reaction of chemicals to signal your brain that it is pleasurable. The following is a list of some of the benefits which confirms that sex is necessary to sustain a normal healthy life. The following findings are supplied by Forbes “Benefits of sex”.
Improved sense of smell : After sex, production of the hormone “prolactin” surges. This in turn causes stem cells in the brain to develop neurons in the brain’s olfactory bulb, its smell center.
Reduced risk of heart disease : In a 2001 follow-up to a Queens University study, researchers focused on cardiovascular health. Their study uncovered that by having sex three or more times a week, men reduced their risk of heart attack or stroke by half. This relationship found between frequency of sexual intercourse and mortality is of considerable public interest.
Weight loss and overall fitness: Sex is deemed to be a physical exercise; in fact a vigorous bout of sex can burn approximately 200 calories, equivalent to running 15 minutes on a treadmill or playing a spirited game of racquetball. The pulse rate in a sexually aroused person rises from about 70 beats per minute to 150, the same as that of an athlete putting forth maximum effort. In fact researchers have determined that the equivalent of six big Macs can be worked off by having sex three times a week for a year. Muscular contractions during intercourse work the pelvis, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck and thorax. Sex also boosts the production of “testosterone”, which leads to stronger bones and muscles. Men’s Health magazine has gone so far as to call the bed the single greatest piece of exercise equipment ever invented. Spending four hours a week having sex could add up to a loss of nine pounds by the end of the year.
Reduced depression: Such was the implication of a 2002 study of 293 women. It was determined that sexually active participants whose male partners did not use condoms were less subject to depression than those whose partners did. One possible theory of this causality is “Prostoglandin,” a hormone found only in semen may be absorbed in the female genital tract, thus modulating female hormones.
Pain relief: Immediately before an orgasm, levels of the hormone “oxytocin” surge to five times their normal level. This in turn releases endorphins, which alleviate everything from headache to arthritis to even migraines. In women, sex also prompts the production of estrogen which can reduce the pain of PMS.
Reduce Insomnia: People who have frequent sex experience the profound effects of the deep relaxation that typically follows lovemaking. After satisfying sex which typically includes an orgasm, both body and mind are completely relaxed.
Fountain of youth: Although the orgasm is sometimes referred to as the “little death,” having two orgasms a week can increase your life span. Every time you reach an orgasm, the hormone “DHEA” or more precisely “dehydroepiandrosterone” increases in response to sexual excitement and ejaculation. “DHEA” can boost your immune system, repair tissue, improve cognition, keep skin healthy, and even work as an antidepressant.
Less-frequent colds and flu: Wilkes University in Pennsylvania says individuals who have sex once or twice a week show 30% higher levels of an antibody called “immunoglobin A,” which is known to boost the immune system.
Better bladder control: Have you ever heard of “Kegel” exercises? You do them whether you know it or not every time you stem your flow of urine. The same set of muscles is worked during sex.
A happier prostate: Some urologists believe they see a relationship between the infrequency of ejaculation and cancer of the prostate. To produce seminal fluid, the prostate and the seminal vesicles take such substances from the blood as zinc, citric acid and potassium, and then concentrate them up to 600 times. Any carcinogens present in the blood would likewise be concentrated. Rather than have these concentrated carcinogens hanging around causing trouble, it’s better to evict them. Having regular sex could do the job, however if the flushing of the prostate were your only objective, masturbation might be a better way to go especially for the nonmonogamous male. A study recently published by the British Journal of Urology, asserts that men in their 20’s can reduce by a third their chance of developing prostate cancer later on by ejaculating more than five times a week.