A great article was published in Women’s Health about The Hidden Benefits of Sex. Here we’ll summarize the benefits.
- Less Stress. Endorphins and oxytocin are released during sex. What this means for you is that these feel good chemicals talk to the pleasure centers in your brain, which then send a “Hey I’m feeling connected to this person” or “I’m in a lovey dovey mood mood now” message to your body, and also “Ah! Finally body, you can relax now.” These messages being sent out on a weekly basis can help you fight off anxiety and depression.
- Sound Sleep. According to Dr. Meston, Ph.D., Director of Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at University of Texas at Austin, during orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released. “Prolactin levels are naturally higher when we sleep, which suggests a strong relationship between the two [orgasm and high levels of prolactin],” she says. This finding suggests that sex before bed could be a great natural sleep aide. It’s worth trying out 🙂
- Minimized Pain. The Women’s Health article cited a study conducted at the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University, which found half of female migraine sufferers reported relief after climaxing. “The endorphins that are released during an orgasm closely resemble morphine, and they effectively relieve pain,” says Meston. For those of you that are into science, you may want to test out this hypothesis, and see if you get similar results 🙂
- Youthful Appearance. “Regular sex allows for the release of hormones, including testosterone and estrogen, which can keep the body looking young and vital; estrogen has also been shown to promote soft skin and shiny hair,” says Meston. Not to mention sexy time on a regular basis probably means you’re in a healthy, loving relationship, and you’re sending out, “I’m a happy, satisfied person,” vibes to the world! What’s not beautiful about that?
- Fewer Cramps During Your Menstraul Cycle. “When a woman orgasms, her uterus contracts and, in the process, rids the body of cramp-causing compounds”, explains Meston. “The increased number of uterine contractions can also help expel blood and tissue more quickly, helping to end your period faster,” she adds. If you’re worried about getting blood on your sheets, take your sexy time excursion to the shower 🙂