10 Surprising Health Benefits of Having Sex

1. Helps you look younger

Extensive research had found older men and women with an active love life looked five to seven years younger than their actual age.

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2. A Happier mood

Having sex is definitely pleasurable on a physical level, but chemically it has been suggested to elevate mood and reduce depression.


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3. Fight colds and flu

Having sex once or twice a week has been found to raise your body’s levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which can protect you from colds and flu.



4. A Stronger Immune System

 A study from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania indicated that people having sex one to two times a week had three times as much Immunoglobulin A (a major antibody) in their systems as those having no sex, infrequent sex (less than once a week), or very frequent sex (3 times or more a week).


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5. Lengthen your life span

A study carried out in Australia found people who climaxed at least three times a week had a 50% lower chance of dying for any medical reason than those who only climaxed once a month.



6. Prevent a heart attack

Lots of studies have found that regular sex can ward off heart attacks, not bring them on as it was once feared.


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7. Glowing Skin

Forget your morning swipe of blush and overly expensive face serums. With increased blood circulation and oxygenation of the blood, a post-coital glow means a brighter complexion.


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8. Improve your self-esteem

One of the most important benefits, noted in a recent survey undertaken by the University of Texas, US, was that participants who had sex regularly felt more confident about their bodies.


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9. A Stronger Relationship

Here’s a perk you’ll both enjoy: increased intimacy. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina found that among 59 couples, those with more loving physical contact showed the highest amounts of oxytocin. Released both during sex and even while kissing, oxytocin is the hormone that creates the urge to merge and bond.


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10. Fights Depression

Like any exercise that raises your heart rate, sex causes your brain to release feel-good chemicals that boost your levels of serotonin – the happy hormone – to lift your mood.


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