While sex is a feel-good factor, it is also has many health benefits.
In most case, people listen to their minds instead of their bodies. However, research indicates that people should listen to music artists such as R. Kelley, who confessed, “it ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump and grind.” According to the lyrics, the determination was made after his “mind told him no and his body told him yes.” We should also listen to Marvin Gaye who gave us the first hint that sex is healing.
Research indicates that these artists are right; sex has been proven to reduce stress, increase blood flow, alleviate pain and foster a healthy relationship between sexual partners. In some cases, frequent sex also has been proven to increase one’s life span. In 1997, the British Medical Journal published its findings that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate half that of those who do not.
Another health benefit of having sex is the increased blood flow throughout the body. Once blood starts to flow, at a much quicker pace blood flow to the brain is increased. According to Urban Male Magazine, an increased heart rate and deep breathing account for the improvement of circulation, allowing for the removal of wastes products, such as bad cholesterol LDL, which cause fatigue and even illness. New research can eliminate the age-old, “Honey, I have a headache” excuse. During intercourse, the hormone, oxytocin (a nine amino acid peptide that is synthesized for secretion into the blood) is secreted within the body. Endorphins released by the secretion of oxytocin, closely resemble the function of morphine. The increased levels of oxytocin can cure everything from headaches to cramps.
Other benefits of sexual intimacy are improved sense of smell, reduced heart disease, weight loss and reduced depression. You’re probably thinking, how can sex improve sense of smell? After sex, prolactin is produced. Prolactin caused stem cells in the brain to develop new neurons in the olfactory bulb or smell center. Sex is a full body work out; therefore, it would reduce excess weight and maintain overall fitness.
Sex can reduce depression. This is true, but not all sex can reduce depression. According to a 2002 study of 293 women, psychologist Gordon Gallup discovered that sexually active individuals who used condoms during intercourse were more likely to be depressed than those who did not. Prostoglandin, a hormone found only in semen, is absorbed by the female genital tract altering female hormones.
Sex can also boost the immune system. The body produces an antibody called immunoglobin during sex; which helps fight foreign antibodies. This will result in fewer colds and flu. Sex can also strengthen bladder control. The same sets of muscles that are used to stem your urine flow are used during sex. Increased sexual activity strengthens these muscles. Sex not only brings on smiles, it’s also good for your teeth. Seminal plasma contains zinc, calcium and other minerals shown to retard tooth decay. Also, research has proven that individuals usually brush their teeth before or after intercourse which of course, strengthens oral hygiene.
Having read all the advantages of sex, I would not advise anyone to practice unsafe sex for the sake of their health. Unsafe sex in itself is unhealthy. Though regular sex can add to one’s life span, unprotected sex can rob one of the promises or tomorrow.