Sex is often a contentious subject, usually encouraging debate and opinion. It is such a subjective topic and most people have a strong feeling about it one way or another. Some people believe that sex is one of the basic human requirements like food and sleep while others believe it is less important and that as humans we have more choice around it. What cannot be disputed is that science has shown the numerous health benefits of sex, which arguably means that having sex can enhance your life.

Sex Lowers your Risk of Heart Attack

Having frequent sexual activity can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. A recent study indicated that those who have less sexual activity are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This means that the more often you have sex, the less likely it may be that you develop heart disease. So, perhaps increasing your sexual activity could just save your heart.

Sex Reduces Pain

Science has shown that when women orgasm the body produces an analgesic effect, thereby reducing pain. One study tested women who were vaginally self-stimulating by placing painful compression upon their (free) finger. During this time, those women reported that their pain threshold was significantly increased, meaning that they were less impacted by the pain and more focused on the pleasure. So, before you pop a pill, perhaps try masturbation instead?

Sex Lowers Blood Pressure

Another surprising finding is that sexual activity actually lowers blood pressure. Research conducted in 2006 indicated that those men and women who had regular heterosexual penile vaginal intercourse displayed lower blood pressure, which resulted in reduced stress. Interestingly, masturbation or any other kind of sexual activity had little or no effect on blood pressure, which indicates that intercourse specifically impacts blood pressure.

Sex Improves Your Mood

Having sex, or even just cuddling, releases oxytocin and dopamine, which are both bonding and feel good hormones. These hormones are also associated with improved mood and increased happiness. It can be difficult to imagine even having sex when your mood is low or you are feeling flat, but having an orgasm can make a big difference to how you feel.

Sex Strengthens the Immune System

Having frequent sex strengthens the immune system to protect the body against disease. Some years ago a study conducted on college students measured immune system functioning in correlation with sexual activity. The study found that those who reported to have frequent (once or twice per week) sexual activity showed higher concentrations of Immunoglobulin, which is one the commonest antibodies which protect against infection and disease.

Sex Promotes Better Sleep

Numerous studies have shown that sexual activity and intercourse promotes the release of the hormone prolactin. Prolactin is not only responsible for the feeling of satisfaction but is also higher during sleep. This means that having an orgasm or sex can increase your likelihood of falling asleep, and possibly relieve you of those sleepless nights. Next time you find yourself lying awake at night, perhaps a little coitus could ease you back into dreamland.

If healthy living is high on your list of priorities, then including sex could be as beneficial as diet, exercise and sleep. Including sex into your health regime is likely to show many changes in your health and general wellbeing.