It turns out that – apart from being awesome – sex is also really good for your health.
And this isn’t just a ruse – science has all our backs with this one – according to a study done by the Cleveland Clinic there are a fair few genuinely positive health benefits linked to a more active sex life.
The next time your partner ‘has a headache’ you can suggest making some sweet love to ease their suffering, as the study found that sex can alleviate those symptoms too.
Besides the emotional aspects and feelings of well being sex can be good for all manner of aches, pains and ailments – and here’s how…
It’s great for your heart.
According to a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, men who had sex at least twice a week were less likely to develop heart disease compared to men who only had sex once per month.
Because a little extra cardio isn’t doing anyone any harm, right?
Sex is a natural pain reliever.
With sexual activity and orgasm there is a release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers.
Many people note fewer, less severe migraines and headaches and increased feelings of relaxation, peace and contentment with a more active sex life.
Men and women may benefit differently.
Both sexes experience climax, followed by muscle relaxation and a natural sedation that follows.
However, scientists believe this affects men and women in different ways. For men, it is thought to aid with insomnia.
This is because there is a part of the male brain that winds down after sex, releasing calming, sleep-inducing chemicals and causing muscle groups to relax.
For women in particular, sex improves pelvic floor strength. Orgasms are associated with contractions of the pelvic floor and the stronger the pelvic floor, the better.
So there you have it. If you and your partner fancy taking a holistic approach to your overall health you know what to do…