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Health Benefits of Sex & Masturbation

Sex can improve your physical health in many ways, including your mental health. It is important to understand that just the feeling of someone touching your skin in a positive manner provides psychological and physical benefits that are very powerful for overall stability and functioning. Human intimacy has long been understood to be crucial in our well-being including our very development.

Touch lowers the levels of the stress hormone cortisol which is a very beneficial release for both physical and mental functioning. It allows for your muscles and heart rate to relax and for your blood pressure to go down. This helps to improve your immune system and over all functioning.

Lisa Lawless
By Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D.
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Hugging has been shown to increase oxytocin, which is a "bonding hormone" that makes us feel more secure, lowers cortisol and reduces stress. A study showed that those who received more hugs actually had higher levels of oxytocin and lower blood pressure and heart rates. Even something as simple as holding hands is beneficial as studies have also shown that holding hands with someone you care about lowers cortisol levels and positively impacts the part of your brain that registers pain and decreases feelings of discomfort physically and emotionally. In addition, those that experience simple skin to skin contact on a regular basis have been shown to have substantially more white blood cells (which includes natural killer cells that help the body fight viruses and other pathogens).

These studies mentioned above do not even begin to address the sexual release benefits, rather just the touching of your skin. Now that we have covered basic touching, let's explore other ways that sexual stimulation benefits our health-

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  • Sex Helps Keep You In Shape
    Sex is a form of aerobic exercise, it can work out all the major muscle groups. Does sex burn calories? Yes, however, that it is going to be based on how long it lasts, how much exertion you are doing during that time and how often you do it. One recent study indicated that for every minute you have sex you burn an average of 3.5 calories.

  • Sex Makes You Look Younger
    Sex pumps higher levels of oxygen throughout your body, which in turn helps to boost nutrients to the skin’s surface.

  • Sex Gives You Increased Energy
    Because sex increases blood flow to the organs, it saturates your cells and muscles with oxygen and hormones that can give you added energy in general.

  • Sex Reduces Cholesterol
    Sex helps to accentuate your healthier HDL (good cholesterol).

  • Sex Reduces Stress
    Sex can enhance your mood as an orgasm releases endorphins which in turn boosts your mood and leaves you feeling relaxed.

  • Sex Improves Your Immune System
    A study done at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania revealed that people who have sex 1-2 times per week had 30 percent more infection-fighting immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva than those who don't.

  • Masturbation & Sex Health Benefits
    Studies have shown that masturbation and sex lowers the risk of depression, improves cardiovascular health, lowers the risk of type-2 diabetes, decreases your risks of cancer, decreases insomnia, increases pelvic floor strength, improves mood, improves satisfaction with sex and helps you last longer and perform better.

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