Heal yourself with SEX

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By Black Insurance News & Heal Yourself at Home

Sex can do a lot more than just make you feel good.

Heal yourself with sex and you can double your pleasure and possibly live longer.

MORE SEX = LONGER LIFE FOR MEN

♦      Men having frequent orgasms cut their risk of death in half –  For a decade, researchers at the university of Bristol tracked the mortality of about 1,000 middle-aged men of comparable circumstances, age and health. They found that men who reported frequency of orgasm twice a week or more  had a death rate half that of those reporting orgasm less than monthly .
Women who have enjoyed sex in the past live longer –  a Swedish study  found that women did not live longer if they had sex more frequently, and neither did a study in North Carolina.

However, in the North Carolina study, women who reported enjoying sex in the past lived longer than those who didn’t report enjoyment. Longevity was not correlated to current sexual enjoyment in either women or men.

SEX RELIEVES STRESS

♦      Sex produces  a lower blood pressure and overall stress reduction

Traditional sex lowers BP – Keeping records of their sexual activity, 24 women and 22 men in a Scottish study were subjected  to stressful situations  E.g. speaking in public, doing verbal arithmetic whilst tracking their blood pressure response.  Researchers found that blood pressure reactivity to stress is better for people who recently had penile/vaginal intercourse than for people who had other sexual behaviors (E.g. masturbatiion) or had abstained.

 

♦      Satisfying sex increases output of the hormone/neurotransmitter DOPAMINE – known to aid relaxation and counteract hypertensive-related stress hormones, such as CORTISOL .DOPAMINE helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers and those with low  DOPAMINE activity are more prone to addictions. A deficiency of DOPAMINE is involved in Parkinson’s disease.

SEX DECREASES HEART DISEASE

♦      Reduced CHD is associated with higher DHEA levels – DHEA is released during orgasm

♦      TESTOSTERONE has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attack and to protect coronary muscle if heart attack occurs – this hormone is involved in sex drive in women and men.

♦      Penile-vaginal sex correlates with greater HRV (Resting heart rate variability)  – HRV is associated with indices of better mood, attention, self-regulation, responsiveness to emotional experience, fewer antisocial personality features, and less sexual dysfunction. In two studies of healthy German adults, a greater HRV was associated with greater penile/vaginal sex frequency, but not frequency of either masturbation or of noncoital (i.e. not penile/vaginal) partnered sex

*      Sex may lower blood pressure – Well not at the time, but in the long run.

 

–       The first of the Brody studies above was found to lower diastolic blood pressure (resting heart rate / 2nd # in BP reading) – but the second study did not replicate this result

–       Women who hugged their partners  had lower BP – a study examined 59 premenopausal women  before and after warm contact with their husbands/partners ending with hugs and found that frequent hugs lowered BP and raised OXYTOCIN (“bonding hormone”) levels.

SEX FOR WEIGHT CONTROL / PHYSICAL FITNESS

♦      Sex is a physical workout

–       Sex burns  an estimated 50 – 60 calories per encounter – so sex three times a week for a month would burn about 700 calories – the equivalent of jogging about seven miles.

–       An aroused person’s pulse rate rises from ~ 70 to 150 beats/minute  – the same as that of an athlete putting forth maximum effort. Also, more nutrient and oxygen-carrying blood is pumped to the brain and other body tissues, improving brain function and overall health.

–       Muscular contractions during intercourse work the back, pelvis, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck and thorax – which increases flexibility in the limbs and strengthens the muscles.

–       Sex boosts TESTOSTERONE production  – leading to stronger bones and muscles.

Higher levels of body fat are associated with less brain DOPAMINE activity – this hormone/transmitter is output during satisfying sex

♦      A study of healthy German adults revealed that men and women who had sex more frequently tended to be slimmer than those who didn’t have as much sex

 

SEX BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM

 

♦      Sex reduces frequency of colds and flu – scientists at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania tested saliva samples of 112 students, and found that those who had sex once or twice a week had 30% higher levels of the antibody  immunoglobulin A (IgA), than those who abstained or had sex less than once a week. IgA is a “front-liner” for boosting the immune system. Interestingly, those who had sex three or more times a week had lower levels than those who had sex once or twice a week. It has been speculated that the more sexually active group was using sex to cover up for uncertainty or anxiety in the relationship.

♦      OXYTOCIN (The bonding hormone) heals wounds –  is responsible for that warm glow that comes after good sex. Studies show that high levels of OXYTOCIN decrease inflammation-causing chemicals and speed up healing by as much as 25%.

SEX IMPROVES ACADEMIC AND POSSIBLY SPORTING PERFORMANCE

♦      Improve your next day performance of doing something stressful by having penile/vaginal sex the night before – a Scottish study found that previous night sex can beneficially prepare you for such as making a speech or taking an exam

♦      Sex for athletes? – one theory is that they get a boost from raised levels of the male hormone TESTOSTERONE.

–       Sex may or may not help male athletes – Endocrinologist Emmanuele Jannini, of the University of L’Aquila in Italy, who has studied the effect of sex on sporting performances, says: “Some personalities need more concentration. In this case sex may be a bad idea. For other athletes, a bit of extra aggression could be the difference between winning and losing. In this case I would suggest complete and satisfactory sexual intercourse the evening before the game.”

SEX IMPROVES FERTILITY

♦      Sex improves semen quantity and quality – In three studies, men who had frequent intercourse had a higher volume of semen, a higher sperm count and a higher percentage of healthier sperm, compared with men who tended to participate in other sexual activities.

♦      Regular, intimate sex improves menstrual regularity, which together with increased intercourse frequency,  improves chances of fertility – 1975 thru 1986 studies found that women who engaged in penile-vaginal intercourse at least once every non-menstruating week had cycle lengths that were more regular than women who had intercourse sporadically or who were celibate

♦      A woman having an orgasm after the man may increase likelihood of conception – A  study found that women who had orgasms during intercourse after their male partners’ ejaculation retained more sperm than those who did not reach orgasm or who had orgasm before their partners ejaculated.

♦      Sex reduces risk of endometriosis – Research at Yale and Southern Connecticut State Universities found that women who had sex (or used tampons) during their periods reduced their chances of endometriosis, an abnormal growth of uterus-like cells outside the uterus that is a common cause of infertility among women.

SEX CAN DIMINISH HEADACHES AND REDUCE OTHER PAINS

 

♦      “Honey I have a headache” is apparently not a good excuse to avoid having sex – Orgasms release OXYTOCIN and endorphins, neurotransmitters or brain chemicals which reduce pain sensation.

 

♦      OXYTOCIN boosts pain threshold 50% – A study in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine found that volunteers who inhaled OXYTOCIN vapour boosted their pain threshold by more than half.

 

♦      Sexual activity-induced pain-suppressing chemicals  provide relief in:

 

–       PMS  – sex also prompts production of estrogen in women, which can reduce the pain of PMS. 9% of ~1,900 U.S. women who reported masturbating in the previous 3 months cited relief of menstrual cramps

–       Arthritis

–       Lower back pain

–       Migraine – a 2001 study of 83 women  demonstrated some pain relief . Although not as effective as drugs, effects of orgasm as an analgesic were quicker

 

♦      Stimulation of vaginal G-spot helped women tolerate 40% more pain – research carried out at the Rutgers University, New Jersey, established that during orgasm this ability to tolerate pain increased to 75%. Sexually active people are thus believed to better handle the pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, back pain and migraine.

 

SEX PUTS YOU TO SLEEP

 

♦      OXYTOCIN  released by satisfying sex or masturbation is nature’s Vallium – Men are more susceptible to this hormone than women,  generally falling asleep within 2-5 minutes after sex, compared to women who take 20-to-25 minutes to nod off. Women, now you know why your man is not into post-coital conversation!

 

–       One study found that 32% of 1,866 U.S. women who reported masturbating in the previous 3 months did so to help go to sleep

 

SEX HAS AN ANTI-CANCER EFFECT

 

♦      Sex lowers risk of prostate cancer – One possible reason may be that frequent ejaculation helps eliminate waste products from their semen and prevents carcinogens from building up in the prostatic ducts. Sex reduces tension and associated increase in potentially damaging oxidants. However, for the non-monogamous male, masturabation is a better choice for flushing the prostate, since having sex with multiple partners can raise a man’s risk of cancer by up to 40% due to the increased risk of contracting sexual infections.

 

–       The more frequently men aged 20 -50 ejaculate, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer –  Men in their 20s who ejaculated on average seven times a week or more were one-third less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer when compared with men who ejaculated less than three times a week at this age.

 

–       Another study involving approximately 29,000 men also found that high ejaculation frequency (21 or more ejaculations/month averaged over  lifetime – includes sexual intercourse, nocturnal emission, and masturbation)  was related to a 33% lower lifetime risk of prostate cancer than the baseline group – each increase of three ejaculations per week during a man’s lifetime was associated with a 15% reduction in prostate cancer risk.

 

♦      Sex lowers risk of breast cancer – A French study found that the risk of developing breast cancer was three times higher in women who have not given birth having intercourse less than once/month, compared with women who have intercourse more often.

 

SEX IS A NATURAL ANTI-DEPRESSANT

 

♦      Sex produces the “Love Hormone”phenylethylamine (PEA) – possibly acting as a neurotransmitter, PEA is a chemical produced in greater quantities when we are in love which elevates mood and energy (we’ve all seen or experienced this starry-eyed phenomenon). Conversely, a deficiency (common in manic-depressives) causes unhappy feelings. PEA is also present in cocoa and chocolate.

 

♦      Male sexual intercourse frequency found to be inversely related to depression –  this study of men from 4 different cultures also found a direct correlation between sexual satisfaction and intercourse frequency. i.e. A perceived lack of a “healthy” sex life increases depression symptoms, as seen in those with erectile dysfunction.

 

 

♦      Women directly exposed to semen are less depressed –a Study of ~300 sexually active college women found that less depression and fewer suicide attempts were associated with those women who had sex without a condom compared to those who didn’t or abstained from sex. Of course, it could just be that a woman who casts care to the wind by having unprotected sex is by nature a carefree, happy person!However as the study leader, pschologist Gordon Gallup points out, “I want to make it clear that we are not advocating that people abstain from using condoms.” Understandable, since getting an STD or experiencing an unwanted pregnancy is not going to brighten anyone’s mood!

 

♦      Interestingly, a 1994 study of psychiatric patients in the Netherlands found that having sexual intercourse decreased the need for psychiatric medications

 

FREQUENT SEX REDUCES MENOPAUSAL / ANDROPAUSAL SYMPTOMS

 

♦      Women who continue to be sexually active after menopause are less likely to have any significant vaginal atrophy  – sexual activity includes masturbation;

 

♦      Menopausal women in Nigeria experienced fewer hot flashes when they had sex at least once a week – possibly by regulating hormonal levels of FSH and LH, which affect menopausal symptoms.

 

♦      Having regular erections increases the delivery of oxygen through increased blood flow –helps keeping penile tissue healthy

 

SEX KEEPS YOU LOOKING “SUPER-YOUNG”

 

♦      One of the strongest correlates to being judged 7-12 years less than your age was an active sex life – in a 10 year study involving > 3,500 European and American women and men examining various factors associated with youthful appearance, a panel of judges viewed the participants through a one-way mirror and then guessed the age of each subject. On average, “superyoung” participants reported engaging in sexual intercourse three times a week compared to the control group’s average of twice a week.

 

SEX GIVES WOMEN BETTER BLADDER CONTROL

 

♦      Sex strengthens the pelvic floor muscles that control the flow of urine – Kegel exercises occur naturally during sex, giving women better bladder control.
SEX IMPROVES SENSE OF SMELL

 

♦      PROLACTIN hormone production surges after sex – this causes stem cells to develop new neurons in the brain’s olfactory bulb, its smell center.

 

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