Sex is an important factor in your life

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:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Social

How can sex benefit your body?

Some of the benefits of sex to your body are:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Burning calories
  • Improved heart health
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension
  • Increasing libido
  • Better sleep that can contribute to a longer lifespan, feeling well-rested and increased energy during the day

People with active sex lives tend to exercise more frequently and have better dietary habits than those who are less sexually active. Physical fitness may also improve overall sexual performance.

Stronger immune system

In a study of immunity in people in romantic relationships, people who had frequent sex (once to two times a week) had more immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva. People who had infrequent sex (less than once a week) had significantly less IgA.

IgA is the antibody that plays a role in preventing illnesses and is the first line of defense against human papillomavirus, or HPV.

But those who had sex more than three times a week had the same amount of IgA as those who had infrequent sex. The study suggests that anxiety and stress can possibly cancel out the positive effects of sex.