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Health Benefits of
Sex & Masturbation
can improve your physical health in many ways, including your
mental health. It is important to understand that just the feeling
of someone touching your skin in a positive manner provides
psychological and physical benefits that are very powerful for
overall stability and functioning. Human intimacy has long been
understood to be crucial in our well-being including our very
lowers the levels of the stress hormone cortisol which is a
very beneficial release for both physical and mental functioning.
It allows for your muscles and heart rate to relax and for your
blood pressure to go down. This helps to improve your immune
system and over all functioning.
Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist & Sexuality
CEO & Founder of
Holistic Wisdom, Inc. & NAASAS
Copyright © Holistic Wisdom, Inc.
has been shown to increase oxytocin, which is a "bonding hormone"
that makes us feel more secure, lowers cortisol and reduces stress.
A study showed that those who received more hugs actually had higher
levels of oxytocin and lower blood pressure and heart rates. Even
something as simple as holding hands is beneficial as studies have
also shown that holding hands with someone you care about lowers cortisol
levels and positively impacts the part of your brain that registers
pain and decreases feelings of discomfort physically and emotionally.
In addition, those that experience simple skin to skin contact on
a regular basis have been shown to have substantially more white blood
cells (which includes natural killer cells that help the body fight
viruses and other pathogens).
studies mentioned above do not even begin to address the sexual release
benefits, rather just the touching of your skin. Now that we have
covered basic touching, let's explore other ways that sexual stimulation
benefits our health-
Helps Keep You In Shape
Sex is a form of aerobic exercise, it can work out all the
major muscle groups. Does sex burn calories? Yes, however,
that it is going to be based on how long it lasts, how much
exertion you are doing during that time and how often you
do it. One recent study indicated that for every minute
you have sex you burn an average of 3.5 calories.
Makes You Look Younger
Sex pumps higher levels of oxygen throughout your body,
which in turn helps to boost nutrients to the skin’s surface.
Gives You Increased Energy
Because sex increases blood flow to the organs, it saturates
your cells and muscles with oxygen and hormones that can
give you added energy in general.
Sex helps to accentuate your healthier HDL (good cholesterol).
Sex can enhance your mood as an orgasm releases endorphins
which in turn boosts your mood and leaves you feeling relaxed.
Improves Your Immune System
A study done at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
revealed that people who have sex 1-2 times per week had
30 percent more infection-fighting immunoglobulin A (IgA)
in their saliva than those who don't.
& Sex Health Benefits
shown that masturbation and sex lowers the risk of depression,
improves cardiovascular health, lowers the risk of type-2
diabetes, decreases your risks of cancer, decreases insomnia,
increases pelvic floor strength, improves mood, improves
satisfaction with sex and helps you last longer and perform