We all realize the emotional benefits to having a healthy sex life. But did you know that according to a recent article on WebMD, there are also up to 10 physical health benefits to having a healthy sex life as well?
- Sex helps keep your immune system healthy – Researchers have found that regular sex boosts your immune system, partly by increasing the production of immunoglobulin. This is the antibody that helps your body fight of bacteria and viruses – for example flu or the common cold.
- Sex helps boost your libido – In women, having sex raises the production of lubricant, improves blood flow and elasticity. This all improves the continued enjoyment of sex thus increasing the desire for sex.
- Improved bladder control – this is another benefit particularly for women. A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence (something that affects up to 30% of women sometime in their lives). The contractions experienced during orgasm strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
- Lowers your blood pressure – research has shown that sex lowers systolic blood pressure. This is a measure of the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart contracts.
- Sex is great exercise – Sex burns about 5 calories per minute! It also raises your heartbeat and gives various muscles a workout.
- Balances your hormones – sex helps to balance male and female hormonal balance. This helps to prevent heart disease and also osteoporosis (brittle and fragile bones.)
- Lessens pain – having an orgasm releases a hormone that raises your pain threshold. In women having an orgasm has been reported to reduce menstrual pain, leg pains and even headaches.
- Helps prevent prostate cancer – Studies have shown that men who ejaculate more than 21 times per month were less likely to get prostate cancer.
- Improves sleep – Many people nod off after sex. This is because sex releases the hormone prolactin. This hormone is responsible for producing feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.
- Reduces stress – research has shown that sex as well as intimacy and hugging releases ‘feel-good’ hormones in the brain similar to those produced by using heroin. Safe sex is, of course far less damaging to your body – and is legal.
A healthy sex life also raises a hormone in our body, oxytocin, which is known to promote feelings of connection with a spouse, and overall sense of well being and contentment as an individual.
So what types of things help us achieve a healthy sex drive, and what can we do to fix a diminished libido? Balanced hormone levels are imperative for a healthy libido, and enjoyment from intercourse. Androgen hormone Testosterone , is crucial for both men and women in both sex drive, and sexual enjoyment and performance. Testosterone also helps to promote healthy levels of lubrication in tissue, which helps with symptoms like vaginal dryness and painful intercourse in women. Estrogen and Progesterone levels are also very important for balance in sexual desire and performance. Adequate estradiol levels are necessary to prevent vaginal tissue atrophy and prevent painful intercourse. Both testosterone and estradiol are responsible for increasing Nitric Oxide levels in the body, a powerful antioxidant and vasodilator that helps to promote and increase vascular circulation, increasing sensitivity and helping with erectile dysfunction.
While there are many different types of testosterone and estradiol replacement available, pellet therapy is the only long delivery of both available that provides consistent, 24/7 dosing of all natural , bio-identical hormone for up to 3-5 months for women, and 4-6 months for men. The procedure is minimally invasive, painless, and takes only about 10-15 minutes. A simple blood test will trained medical professionals determine your deficiencies, and the dosages of hormone needed based on your activity level, medical history and weight to best treat your symptoms.
Sexual health is extremely important for overall vitality, so if your sex life has been lacking, know your options! Seek attention from a medical professional if you have been experiencing signs and symptoms of hormonal deficiencies that could be contributing to sexual dysfunction, and start realizing all the amazing health benefits of an optimal sex life.