Sure, it feels great, and it’s good for your self-esteem, but it turns out the hormones we release during sex offer a handful of other benefits to our health and well-being.
Maybe it’s time we get rid of some of those bottles cluttering the medicine cabinet and spend some more time in bed…
So let’s check it out. On top of being fun, sex is a…
Oxytocin, a hormone released at orgasm, along with all of the other feel-good endorphins, can reduce pain. Sex has been shown to alleviate migraine headaches, menstrual cramps, and other sources of pain. Sure, you can take medication, but we think this option is more fun!
There’s a reason why we “roll over and fall asleep”… Sex helps you fall asleep and sleep better. Oxytocin and other endorphins released at orgasm are feel-good hormones, decreasing stress, preventing depression, and lowering blood pressure. These stress relieving and anxiety alleviating effects contribute to an overall relaxed state and therefore deeper and more relaxing sleep.
As an added bonus, the improved blood flow and DHEA (another hormone released) that that come with orgasm, have enhancing effects on your appearance. Specifically noticeable results with the sheen of your hair and the radiance of your skin. This has reciprocal positive results as the more attractive you feel, the better your self-esteem, and the more sex you’re likely to have.
Finally, Oxytocin and DHEA may have protective effects against certain cancers. Sex can help keep you healthy. Sex strengthens the immune system, decreasing your chances of colds and flu. While we cannot suggest that you skip your flu shot, good hand washing, and a healthy diet, sex as an added preventative measure certainly can’t be bad!