How Sex Boosts Your Health

Vicky Davis, FNP

Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP

Written by Our Editorial Team

Last updated 10/16/2020

We all know sex makes us feel good, but its benefits extend way beyond that. A great round of sex affects our bodies in many ways — and you don’t even need to orgasm to get some of them (but of course, who doesn’t want to orgasm, right?).

Get Sick Less Often

Wouldn’t it be great to take less sick days at work? Head to the bedroom to reduce the need to curl up in bed nursing a cold later. One study showed individuals who engage in weekly sex have a higher level of a certain antibody than those who engage in sex less often. This helps keep them from getting sick as often. Think of sex as a much more fun form of taking your vitamins.

Reduce Pain

Suffering from back aches? How about a headache? What about period cramps? All these can be lessened immediately with a round of sex, which triggers the release of a hormone that improves your pain tolerance. You don’t even need a full orgasm to enjoy the reduction of pain. All you need is some vaginal or clitoral stimulation.

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Improve Sleep

Looking to get a better night’s rest? Immediately following an orgasm, your body produces a relaxation hormone called prolactin, which helps you fall asleep. The body also releases oxytocin after or an orgasm, which also helps promote sleep. 

Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Hypertensive heart disease affects 75 million U.S. adults. It’s not something to shrug off and ignore — it’s a real threat that many women face. Fortunately, sex improves cardiovascular health in women by reducing hypertension. Get your heart rate racing in bed and you’ll be investing in your heart health.

Get a Workout

Sex is a great full body workout. You’re stretching muscles and working on flexibility. You’re supporting yourself with arms and/or legs, which targets strength training. You’re getting into a rhythm, which equals aerobic training. Depending on the positions you choose, you may be engaging a large number of muscle groups (even ones that are hard to target in other forms of exercise). Skip the gym to get a much more fun workout at home.

Mental Health

The perks to good sex extend beyond your physical health. There are boosts to your mental health, as well:

From your physical to mental well-being, sex can make you feel great in every definition of the world. Sex can be a form of self-care and preventative health care. It’s one of the few things in life that offers short- and long-term benefits all in one go!

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