Feel good: have sex

Have you ever thought about exactly what sex can do for your body? As you lie on your bed in your post-orgasmic haze, it might rarely cross your mind that the activity that you so lovingly partake of whenever you can, actually benefits your body in a number of scientifically identifiable ways, we learn from the Wall Street Journal.

Aside from releasing enough hormones and feel-good chemicals in your brain that would keep Oscar the Grouch tight-lipped for a good month or two, getting jiggy with it actually contributes towards keeping your heart and blood in good condition, nevermind the small work-out that each sex session equates to.

'Frequent sex may benefit men's health another way: by boosting testosterone, which in turn is linked to stronger muscles, more energy and better cognition. (Sex's effect on testosterone was shown in a now-famous article in Nature in 1970. A man stranded on a remote island with no women saw his beard stop growing. Then it resumed when he returned to civilization and sex again.)'

'Several studies also suggest that having sex extends life in general. A study in the British Medical Journal found that men who had sex less than once per month were twice as likely to die in the next 10 years than those who had sex once per week. A 25-year study of 270 men and women aged 60 to 96 conducted at Duke University found that the more men had sex, the longer they lived. Women who said they enjoyed their sex lives lived seven to eight years longer than those who were indifferent. But factors such as intelligence, health and activities also played a role in living longer, too.'

Dr. Janssen from the Kinsey Institute best sums up the approach that we should take to sex in that having more sex does not necessarily equate with having a healthier lifestyle: 'if you're having sex in a frequency and in a way that is compatible with who you are, then that's healthy.'Amen.

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