Sexuality is normal, it’s just a part of life. People have different experiences with sex and how comfortable they are with it and talking about it. The important thing is to acknowledge it as a normal part of the human experience.
We often think of sex as only for pleasure, but it also offers physical, emotional and psychological benefits. Sex may burn calories, increase your heart health, help with pain and ease stress.
Psychologists say one can receive multiple benefits from sex.
Having a healthy sex life can boost self-esteem, self-confidence and your ability to experience pleasure. It helps to connect with your partner and develop emotional intimacy.
For women sex can help work your pelvic muscles, which can help with urinary incontinence and bladder control. The more women have sex, the more it can help with vaginal lubrication, especially if you typically experience pain during sex.
When it comes to men, having an orgasm or ejaculating frequently comes with its own benefit. Studies have shown it can help reduce their risk of prostate cancer.
Sex can be a form of moderate exercise, burning around 150 calories an hour, according to research. Sex can also help strengthen different muscles throughout your body. Depending on how creative you get, you might work in different muscles.
A study suggests that women who had frequent sex were less likely to experience a cardiovascular event later in life. Having sex can improve your endurance. And like exercising, those who have sex frequently tend to pay attention to their heart health. They’re eating better.
Research shows that individuals who engage in sex one or two times a week have more immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva. The antibody helps prevent illness and can help defend against human papillomavirus (HPV). And when you have an orgasm, your body releases oxytocin, that can actually help you to fall asleep.
During sex, your body releases endorphins. Those endorphins act as your body’s natural pain reliever. For those with migraines or headaches, research shows that sex may also help alleviate pain. It can also help those who have pain during intercourse. Having regular sexual activity actually helps to build pelvic floor muscles and make it less painful.
Cortisol is your body’s main stress hormone. When you’re in a stressful situation, your cortisol levels elevate. Research shows that those who have sex or are intimate with their partners see their cortisol levels fall back into the normal range. The oxytocin and endorphins your body releases during sex may help lower cortisol levels.
It is also important to remember to practice safe sex by using a condom or other form of contraception. Those who have unprotected sex have an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.