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How Much Sex Should I Be Having For Optimal Health?

There’s a wealth of medical data indicating that sex and orgasm help maintain our health in the years after childbearing. There has always been a connection between sex life and overall health.

Most people are reluctant to talk about their sex life, and that’s fair.

Good sex is good for adults and is an inseparable part of our well-being and happiness. People who engage in more sex report better quality of life and sexual intercourse is linked to high satisfaction across life domains.

In a study involving 551 married patients with heart disease, individuals who had a higher frequency of sexual intercourse reported higher marital quality, marital consensus, marital coherence, marital affection expression, and overall marital satisfaction.

What Research Says About Sex And Your Health

In a research project called the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, there was nearly a 50 percent increased risk of developing heart disease in men who had sex once a month or less compared with the group that had multiple times on weekly basis.

In another study done in Wales, over 900 men were followed for 10 years, and the result showed that the risk of dying was reduced 50 percent in those with high orgasm frequency as against those with low frequency.

Statistics from the study showed that, for participants who had eight sexual episodes in a month, their death rate was reduced by 36 percent, but the more sex participants had, the more the death rate dropped.

There are very few “more traditional” medical therapies that can boast lifesaving numbers as shown by the statistics above.

In a more recent research analysis, the frequency of sexual activity corresponded with better cognitive function in older adults. Such functions as memory, executive function, verbal fluency, etc, were all better with more frequent sex.

In another study, sexual frequency in over 2,000 men and women were inversely correlated to the blood concentration of homocysteine, which is an amino acid adverse to heart health. This showed that the higher the frequency of engagement in sexual activity, the lower and more favorable the homocysteine levels.

Consensual Sex Is Key To Happiness And Good Health

Early initiation of sex (during adolescence) is a risk factor for mortality, but having a sound sexual life in adulthood is linked to low mortality.

No sex and forced sex makes us depressed, and there is a two-way road between bad sex and depression. Depression is also a reason for bad sex, and men who are depressed are more likely to sexually abuse their partners.

And it’s important to note that forced sex in intimate relations make people depressed, jealous, and that can ruin relationships. Couples who experience unwanted sex have a higher risk of experiencing other types of abuse.

Health Benefits Of Having More Sex

Sex is a great stress reliever

This is because; the act of sex floods your brain with good chemicals that make you feel good while reducing the stress hormone cortisol.

During sex, dopamine, which impacts the brain’s pleasure and reward centers; endorphins, which can reduce pain and stress; and oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, are all released

Good Sex Boosts Mood And Ward Off Depression

Oxytocin promotes feelings of well-being and happiness, and studies of older adults found that holding hands and romance (hugging, kissing and mutual stroking), can contribute to an improved quality of life.

Studies also show that men and women who have intercourse with their partners have greater satisfaction and better mental health. Unfortunately, this benefit didn’t extend to masturbation, and the boost doesn’t appear to work for casual sex or hookups either.

One study of US college students found that those who had more hookups had lower levels of happiness and self-esteem, and higher levels of depression and anxiety.

Read: The 15 Minutes Guide to Women’s Health and Sex

Good Sex Improves Sleep And Boosts Your Immunity

Prolactin is usually released after an orgasm. Prolactin is a hormone that relaxes you, and the combination of prolactin and all the rest of the “feel-good” hormones are why most people sleep better after sex.

Furthermore, having regular sex may also help your immune system to fight off disease. Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Wilkes University compared the levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that functions as the body’s first line of defense, in the saliva of some US college students after inquiring how often they had sex each week.

The result showed that students who had sex once or twice a week had the highest levels of immunoglobulin A (30% higher than those who had no sex). Additionally, students who were in longer-term, satisfying relationships had the highest levels of the antibody.

Good Sex Boosts Cognition And Limits Pain

Studies show that keeping your sex life active into old age protects and improves your brain’s executive functioning. British researchers found that sexually active men that fall between 50 and 89 years of age, had increased cognitive function, as measured by number sequencing and word recall, even after adjusting for quality of life, loneliness, depression and physical activity.

In relation to pains, studies have found that sexual activity can reduce migraines, menstrual cramps, chronic back, and leg pain.

In 2013, a survey with 1,000 German participants that suffer from headache, found that 30% of those with cluster headaches and 60% of those with migraines reported partial or total relief of their pain if they had sex during an occurrence.

Sex Is An Exercise

Sex can be a form of exercise if you are young and healthy and spend at least 30 minutes doing it.

A study found that young healthy couples burned an average of 85 calories for each half-hour dance in bed, with the men burning more than women, at about 100 calories versus 69.

Other health benefits of sex include: It decreases the risk of prostate cancer, and improves heart health.


There may be other health concerns associated with sex itself, but the act appears to be quite healthy and possibly a path to extending lifespan and avoiding common diseases.

The ability to successfully engage in sex and orgasm is a sign of a healthy cardiovascular system. As for males, testosterone levels increase during intercourse with a partner, and higher testosterone levels are associated with strength and longevity.

As you set health goals, it’s good to know that a good round of sex in the bedroom is as important as a trip to the gym. It can be ranked equal to juicing vegetables or meditating for your health and longevity.

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