The many health benefits of getting busy between the sheets
Much like eating healthy and exercising, there are many benefits from having sex on a regular basis. While myths about how sex is bad pervade society, the medical community agrees sex is a healthy activity when proper precautions are taken.
We can all agree that playing sports can be dangerous if you ignore precautions, right? Well, the same can be said about sex.
Even though sex is good for you, ensure your safety (and the safety of your partner) by using birth control and getting tested for STIs on a regular basis.
The benefits of regular sex are diverse, but a few of them include the following.
1) Having sex helps your immune system. As we all know, winter is coming, and with it comes the common cold as well as other illnesses that cause students to miss classes — which is super stress-inducing, when midterms seem to always be right around the corner.
But fear not, all you sexually active students: Researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. discovered that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often. That’s right, sex might help prevent illness.
2) Sex is exercise. Most scientists agree that sex is a great way to exercise, since you burn about four calories a minute. It also counts as both cardio and muscle toning.
Sex causes your heart rate to go up, so your heart gets a nice workout, just like when you ride a bike. Depending on what positions you’re doing, you also can work on different muscle groups.
3) Sex can be a natural pain reliever. The next time you’re feeling sore or your head is hurting, try popping in bed instead of popping a few aspirin. For ladies, orgasms have even been found to help with menstrual cramps.
Researchers believe that sex is great at stopping pain because after you orgasm, your brain releases chemicals, such as endorphins, that raise your pain tolerance levels and make you happier.
4) Sex is a natural sleep aide. Every college student has experienced those nights: lying in bed trying to fall asleep, but failing because of next-day anxieties. Well, it turns out sex might be the solution.
Studies show that having sex before going to bed helps many people have faster and more restful sleep — all without the groggy side effects of most medications.
5) Sex helps lower stress levels. If there is one thing all college students know — no matter their major — it’s stress. But sex can help with that, too.
Having sex helps reduce your levels of stress, which clearly has a myriad of health benefits. Sex also helps you fight stress by making you happier with the release of oxytocin, the “feel good” chemical.
So whatever your reasons may be, consider making time to have sex for your health. Just remember to use protection, be safe and have consent.
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