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February 8, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

The Health Benefits of Sex

By Jeany Miller More Blogs by This Author

To comprehensively care for the needs of their residents, Chaseley Trust, a British nursing facility, offers a number of stock amenities. There's the standard pool, an indoor gym, and even a movie theater on site! In addition to these, though, they occasionally shell out the cash to procure the services of sex professionals to service their tenants. Naturally, this has been a contentious issue in the community, but it points toward a more public acceptance of the importance of our inherent need for sexual relations. As life expectancies increase, we're going to have to confront the fact that older people enjoy sex just as much as anyone else, and that it's one of the keys to leading a fulfilling life.

Life Expectancy

Sex offers numerous health benefits. Perhaps chief among these is the fact that sex can help you live longer by working on the body in many different ways. For instance, sex can:

  1. Reduce blood pressure
  2. Burn calories
  3. Decrease pain
  4. Improve sleep

Sex also improves cardiovascular health. Studies show that men who make love several times a week have a reduced risk of heart attack than men who had sex less than once a month. Prior to this, a 2002 report from a large British population of men said “some protection from fatal coronary events may be an added bonus of frequent sexual intercourse." This is in direct opposition to the idea that men often die of a heart attack mid-sex. Further, sex lowers blood pressure and is believed to prevent against stroke by reducing stress.

Morning Delight

Consistent and frequent intercourse leads to the brain releasing HGH (human growth hormone), which helps maintain physical aspects of youth. Sex also causes the brain to release human growth hormone, which helps maintain youth. Individuals who have sex upon waking in the morning usually tend to feel more energized throughout the day, and they also have an invigorated immune system. In general, research seems to suggest that sex in the morning may even be more important for health and happiness than grabbing breakfast. Further, early morning lovers are better protected from colds and the flu, but they also have healthier, more vibrant hair, skin, and nails.


A correlation has also been established between sex and happiness. In 2004, a study based on a survey of 900 American women and published in the economics journal The American Economic Review found that sex topped the list of activities that made them feel happy. Similarly, a 2004 study of 16,000 Americans, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that the happiest people are also the most sexually active. According to those polled, increasing sex from a monthly activity to a weekly one equated to the joy felt upon receiving a $50,000 raise.

Natural Stress Reliever

In addition to making you happier, sex can alleviate stress. Researchers indicate an orgasm can do much to “calm people.” A study of college students at the State University of New York in Albany suggests that semen may operate as a natural antidepressant. Females who were engaging in intercourse without condoms actually exhibited less signs of depression than those who used protection or didn't have sex at all.

The More the Better!

And finally, recent studies have shown the preventative healing properties of consistent ejaculation! A 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association used a massive research sample of 30,000 men and found that men who ejaculated frequently were significantly less prone to prostate cancer.


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