As a reproductive psychiatrist and certified sexual health therapist, Dr. Cirino helps women who are struggling with emotional or mental health barriers to a healthy sex life. Studies have shown that sex is extremely beneficial to our health. Sex activates a variety of neurotransmitters that impact not only our brains but several other organs in our bodies. Women, of course, have a variety of different lifestyles, situations, and preferences when it comes to sex. Fortunately, all women can experience benefits of sex, no matter their situation. This means a little less benefit when it comes to self-esteem and depression.
PARTNERED SEXUALITY OF OLDER ADULTS: A SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP AND LIFE COURSE PERSPECTIVE
Sex and sexuality are a part of life. Aside from reproduction, sex can be about intimacy and pleasure. Sexual activity, penile-vaginal intercourse PVI , or masturbation, can offer many surprising benefits to all facets of your life:. Sexual health is more than avoiding diseases and unplanned pregnancies.
1. Improved Heart Health — Yes, Sex Is Exercise
For healthy, consenting adults, sex can be mind-blowing. But getting busy with a partner can also have some legit benefits beyond our brainwaves. The good feelings swirling around the brain during sexy time are due to brain chemistry, specifically dopamine and opioid chemicals. But the goodness extends beyond our brains. Studies have found that regular hanky-panky can do way more than make us feel warm and fuzzy. Here are the health benefits of sex:. Research shows that sex may help you live longer. A study of older adults found that getting down in the years after a heart attack decreased the risk of death by one-third. Kepler SB, et al. Frequency of sexual activity and long-term survival after acute myocardial infarction.
As if the big 'O' wasn't reason enough to get busy, sex has many other benefits that just might surprise you. Want to clear your complexion, boost your mood, and cut your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other health hazards? Nobody says you have to be with someone to do that. Just like any physical activity, healthy sex is good for your heart. A study published in January in the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who had sex twice weekly or more had less risk of cardiovascular diseases, like stroke or heart attack, than those who had sex once a month or less. And for those who worry that the exertion involved in sex is a threat to the heart, the American Heart Association's Scientific Statement on Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease says that having sex is safe for people who can exercise with no heart problems in the range of 3 to 5 metabolic equivalents METs. METs are a measure of the energy calories expended during an activity. Exercising at 3 METs is about the same as walking at a moderate pace, while 5 METs is like a low impact aerobic workout.