Here’s Why You Should Have More Sex
Not to put you (or your partner) under any pressure…but are you having enough sex?
Sex is one of the most basic human needs there is. Right up there with eating, sleeping, and breathing.
And that need doesn’t change with age. The pleasure and intimacy experienced from sexual intercourse becomes even more important to a person’s well-being during middle age and beyond.
There’s a reason 37% of married couples over age 50 report having sex “several” times per week (according to a New York Times survey). It’s fun, it’s satisfying, and…
Sex is Good for You
Consider the numerous mental and physical benefits sex provides:
- Cardiovascular health
It may not be as rigorous as a cardio session at the gym, but sex does get your heartrate up.
- Cardiovascular health
And the health benefits are real. Studies have shown that regular sex can lower your blood pressure and reduce risk factors for stroke and other cardiovascular issues.
- Better sleep
Orgasm releases oxytocin (also known as the “love hormone”), as well as endorphins. These two hormones combine to help you relax, resulting in better sleep.The byproduct of improved sleep quality and quantity is more energy during the day, as well as a strengthened immune system.
- Reduced stress
Chronic stress results in excess production of the hormone cortisol, which can lead to inflammation-related health problems like arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Studies have shown that people who have sex regularly tend to have lower cortisol levels compared to people who have sex infrequently.
- Stronger immune system
Studies reveal that couples who have sex one or two times per week have higher levels of immunoglobulin A (or IgA). This blood protein is a potent antibody that helps your body resist illness.
- Better sleep
In contrast, people who have sex less than one time per week tend to have lower levels of IgA.
- Lower risk for prostate cancer in men
Several studies have shown a link between frequency of orgasm and incidence of prostate cancer in men. One study in particular reported that men who had more than four orgasms per week had a 36% lower risk for developing prostate cancer before the age of 70.
- Pelvic floor strengthening for women
Sex helps to strengthen a woman’s pelvic floor muscles, especially when it includes orgasm. Stronger pelvic floor muscles reduce the risk for issues like urinary incontinence and constipation. Also, women who have more frequent sex after they have reached menopause experience less vaginal atrophy (or thinning of the vaginal walls) than women who have sex infrequently. Vaginal atrophy can cause pain during sex, as well as urinary issues.
- Neurological benefits
The “feel-good hormones” released during sex and during orgasm have a powerful effect on your brain. Sexually active adults over the age of 50 reported better memory and fewer issues with depression in one study. Other studies have correlated an active sex life with increased feelings of well-being and greater intimacy.
How You Can Have More Sex
So…what do you need to do to start having more and better sex?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Schedule sex
Make sex a priority. Set aside two (or more) times each week when the focus is on sex with your partner. Eliminate all distractions during this time.
- Get regular exercise
Sex is good for your body. It’s even better if your body is already in shape. Make sure you’re getting enough physical activity (in addition to sex).
No one feels sexy when they’re tired. Give your body the rest it needs, and it will perform better in all areas, including sex.
- Have your hormone levels tested
With age, levels of important hormones become imbalanced. Imbalanced estrogen and testosterone levels can inhibit arousal, contribute to erectile dysfunction in men, and cause vaginal dryness and atrophy in women. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help to reverse these issues.
A healthy sex life isn’t just for twenty-somethings. At Renew Youth, we’re here to help you enjoy more and better sex with age. Ready to get started? Call us today at 800-859-7511 or use our convenient contact form to sign up for your free 30-minute consultation.