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Ten Hidden Benefits of Sex

February 10th, 2023

Sex is a basic human need. It’s right up there with eating and drinking.

And it’s a human need that does not diminish with age. In fact, about one third of couples over age 50 report having sex at least once a week.

Why is this a good thing?

Sex doesn’t just feel good. It also provides a number of health benefits…and those benefits become more important with age.

Here are ten benefits from having regular sex that you might not know about:

#1. Intimacy as a Couple

Regular sex increases closeness between you and your partner.

This isn’t just about emotion. Sex (and even just physical closeness) makes your body release oxytocin (also known as the “cuddle hormone”). Oxytocin enhances feelings of attachment and intimacy between partners.

#2. Exercise

Sex is the best kind of exercise…simply because it’s so enjoyable.

It also makes your body burn about 5 calories per minute, while at the same time increasing your heart rate.

#3. Better Cardiovascular Health

Heart health becomes more and more important as we age. Regular sex can help with that. In particular, sex can help to reduce blood pressure.

#4. Immune System Support

Researchers have known for a long time that sexually active people take fewer sick days. There’s a reason for that. Regular sex boosts antibody levels, which makes your immune system stronger.

#5. Stress Reduction

Long-term stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Sex releases mood-improving chemicals like endorphins, oxytocin, and dopamine that reduce the effects of stress on your brain.

#6.  Libido Boost

If your sex drive has been on the decline, the answer may be as simple as trying to have sex more often. This is because sex helps your body to self-regulate important hormones like estrogen and testosterone, which support a healthy libido.

#7. Reduced Prostate Cancer Risk for Men

Several studies have revealed that men who have more frequent orgasms have a lower incidence of prostate cancer. In particular, a Harvard study reported a 20% lower risk of prostate cancer for men who had 21 organisms per month or more.

#8. Stronger Pelvic Floor Muscles

As many as 30% of women suffer from bladder control issues as they get older. And this isn’t a problem that just affects women…about 3.4 million men also report problems with incontinence. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t just a sign of older age. Pelvic floor muscles, like any muscles, need exercise to stay strong.

Regular sex gives your pelvic floor muscles the workout they need.

#9. Sleep Better

Sex doesn’t just relax you and tire you out. It also makes your body release hormones that can help you to fall asleep more easily.

#10. Live Longer and Happier

Maybe it’s a coincidence or maybe not…but people who live longer tend to report a continued interest in sex as they get older.

Not only that, but men and women who continue to be sexually active also report a better quality of life as they age.

The Benefits are Clear

Sex is an important part of your life, regardless of age.

Looking for ways to keep your sex life going strong? Renew Youth can help with properly supervised hormone replacement therapy. To learn more, schedule your free 30-minute consultation by calling 800-859-7511 or use our contact form.

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