I’m not saying you need a specific reason to have more sex other than the fact that you want to, and it’s a lot of fun. Still, here are some health-related reason to get it on, because really, sex is awesome, and these benefits are just excuses you can use to have more of it. Go forth and get laid.
It provides cardio
Sex burns about five calories a minute. If we do some simple math, if you go at it for 45 minutes, you’re burning of an extra 225 calories a day. Combined with how long your sessions run and all the different muscles that are being used during intercourse, you’re burning off calories each time you hit the sack with your partner. The more you try new positions, the more likely you are to burn off more calories due to all the movement. It sounds like it’s time to experiment.
It can improve menstrual cramps
Orgasms can block pain and increase your pain threshold. Even masterbating regularly can help with menstrual cramps, leg pain, arthritis, and headaches. Thanks to the oxytocin in your brain that’s released during intercourse, your brain receptors are able to block out pain, which can relieve PMS symptoms in some women, including cramping and emotional mood swings.
It may reduce your chance of having a heart attack
According to a recent study by Planned Parenthood, those who had sex two or more times a week had a lower risk of any fatal coronary events, including heart attacks, strokes, and even type 2 diabetes. In a 10-year followup, those who reported to having sex only once a month were twice as likely to suffer from a coronary attack. For the love of your own health and heart, never lose your mojo.
It improves bladder control
Sorry to break it to you, but as women get older, we experience something called incontinence, which is the loss of bladder control. Before grabbing those Depends, you can start by decreasing your chances now by grabbing your partner. Your pelvic muscles are made strong and tighter through intercourse, and it can help prevent incontinence in the long-run. It can also boost your core, and make sex even better. These exercises will help you strengthen and target your pelvic floor during workouts.
It makes you happier and less stressed
Well, she has a point. During sex, your brain releases endorphins, which are neurotransmitters in your brain that react to stress or over exertion that make you feel better, causing that high feeling you get after a long run or, you guessed it, sex.
“[Endorphins] stimulate pleasure centers in the brain, similar to the effects of some opioid medication," says Natalie Del Guidice, a registered nurse at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. Basically: Sex makes you feel great, and it's all natural.
It helps you sleep
Ever need help catching some extra (and definitely much needed) sleep? “Sex produces the hormone prolactin, which stimulates relaxation.” says Del Guidice. Time to hit the sheets, and stay there.