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Ten Health benefits of sex that will surprise you

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | | October 14th, 2008

1. Sex is a stress reliever
Probably the biggest benefit of having sex is lower blood pressure and a reduction in your stress levels.

2. Sex boosts immunity
Good sexual health may perhaps mean better physical health. If you are a person who has sex maybe once or twice a week, then you may be linked with higher than average levels of antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can ultimately protect you from getting a cold or other infections.

3. Sex burns calories
you're in the sack for approximately 30 minutes, then that'll burn you about 85 calories. Doesn't sound like much? Have 42 half-hour sessions and you will burn 3,570 calories, which is more than enough to burn off an entire pound. Sex is a great form of exercise.

4. Sex improves cardiovascular health
Some older folks may perceive sex as being a cause to enduring a stroke. That is entirely false, claim researchers in England. In fact, scientists found that frequency of sex is not associated with stroke when they analyzed 914 men whom they followed for a period of 20 years.

5. Sex boosts self esteem
The University of Texas researchers team has found that boosting self-esteem is one of 237 reasons why people engage in sexual activity. Great sex begins with self-esteem and if you're in a loving relationship, then sex only boosts it!

6. Sex improves intimacy
Having intercourse and orgasms increases the level of the hormone oxytocin, also known as the love hormone causing us to bond and build trust.

7. Sex reduces pain
As the hormone oxytocin surges, endorphins start to kick in and your pain suddenly declines. So if you have a headache or perhaps experiencing those annoying PMS symptoms, notice how they are reduced in pain after sex.

8. Sex reduces prostate cancer
Frequent ejaculations, especially for men in their 20's, may reduce your risk of prostate cancer later on in life.

9. Sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles
Women who do a few pelvic floor muscle exercises known as Kegels during sex experience a couple of great benefits. They will enjoy more pleasure and also strengthen the area while helping to minimize the risk of incontinence later on in life.

10. Sex helps you sleep better
According to research, the oxytocin that is released during sex promotes sleep.
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