Hidden Benefits of Sex

                  Typically sex is for a fun activity for couples to partake in together, as it creates an opportunity to reconnect and grow together. You might be surprised to know that there are also many added benefits to getting between the sheets. Here are some benefits of sex that you may have never known:

1.     Less Stress: People who have sex at least once every 2 weeks are better able to manage stressful situations.  This is because endorphins and oxytocin are released during sex, and these feel-good hormones activate pleasure centers in the brain that create feelings of intimacy and relaxation and help stave off anxiety and depression.

2.     Sounder Sleep: The same endorphins that help you de-stress can also relax your mind and body, priming you for slumber.  In addition, during orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is related to sleep. 

3.     Minimized Pain: The surge of hormones released after an orgasm can help ease any annoying ache, whether it's a strained back or a headache.  One study found that 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.

4.     Fewer Colds: Sex has been found to boost the immune system.  People who have sex were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), according to one study. These antibodies help combat diseases and keep the body safe from colds and flu

5.     A Youthful Glow: Regular sex promotes 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.

6.     Lighter Periods (with Fewer Cramps): When a woman orgasms, her uterus contracts and, in the process, rids the body of cramp-causing compounds.  The increased number of uterine contractions can also help expel blood and tissue more quickly, helping to end your period faster.  Having sex while menstruating has also been shown to help decrease the risk for endometriosis, a common condition in which uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus.

7.     A More Toned Body: Sex counts as cardio – it can burn anywhere from 85 to 250 calories, depending on the length of the session.  Cardiologists even consider sexual activity comparable to a modest workout on a treadmill.  Not only will your heart get a workout, but you'll also squeeze in some sculpting.