I love a good roll in the hay- but who doesn’t? Aside from giving me that post coital glow and the feeling that I am walking on a cloud, sex has so many other health benefits; not only for us women, but for our men too! And science and logic tells us that the more we have sex, the more we want it. When it comes to our fellas, the more they have sex, the more likely they are to maintain their ability to, ahem, perform.
With cold and flu season readily upon us, we can most likely be found trying to stave off illness; in addition to a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrient, a diet rich in knockin’ boots is also essential to our immunity. Sex once or twice weekly has been linked to high levels of Immunoglobulin A or IgA, which is found in our saliva and nasal lining; and thought to increase our defenses against colds and flu’s. And orgasms not only relieves stress and bring us closer to our partners- even when they have failed to do the dishes; but it also releases endorphins that stimulate our immune system cells in an effort to help us fight disease.
In addition to fortifying our immune systems, sex contributes to our heart health. A vigorous lovemaking session is an excellent source of cardiovascular exercise, burning a minimum of 200 calories a time- that’s equivalent to running on the treadmill for 15 minutes; and it’s far more fun! And women who have sex frequently have higher levels of estrogen, which protects us from heart disease. For those of us hitting menopause, who may be experiencing pain during intercourse, this may be due to low levels of oestrogen; and having more sex not only feels great and takes the edge off, it boosts levels of this hormone thereby reducing the instances of painful sex.
The merits of a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated; the time when we are sleeping is when our bodies synthesize information and nutrients we consumed during the day. When we have orgasms our bodies release oxytocin; and oxytocin promotes healthy sleep- which explains why our partners fall asleep so quickly after the deed. Oxytocin also promotes the right kind of sleep, the dead kind; and deep sleep accounts for weight management and blood pressure maintenance.
But there is a cautionary side to this tale; studies show that single/dating sexually active women in their 20’s and early 30’s are at a higher risk for sexually transmitted diseases. So for me, and others, who employ natural birth control methods we must remember that they do not protect us against infection; therefore we need to be diligent about using condoms until we find Mr. Right. Sex is fun but STD’s are not.
Long story short my friends, is that getting it on is GREAT for us; and the best gift we can give ourselves and our partners this season, is the gift of sex!