Yoga instructor Sadie Nardini and her husband wanted to quit cigarettes and chocolate, so they decided to have sex every day for the entire month of December, hoping the activity would assist them in overcoming their cravings.
Not only did sex help, but the couple began experiencing other benefits as well: they slept better, they had more energy, and they didn’t come down with the usual winter cold.
These and other health benefits of sex will soon be flooding our media, in a soon-to-be-published article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Dr. Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of that journal, says that when you read about the physical benefits of sex, “you can’t help but say, ‘Holy God! Sexual activity is a very important thing to do. Human beings were really meant to do this.’”
The article on CNN outlines ten main benefits. These are our top five:
In a British study, men who had intercourse at least twice a week lived longer than men who had sex less than once a month. A U.S. study had similar findings, and a Swedish study examining the sex lives of 70-year-olds found that men who died before their 75th birthday had ceased having sexual intercourse at earlier ages.
Healthier heart and lower blood pressure
In a British study, people who had intercourse twice a week or more were less likely to have heart attacks and other fatal coronary events. Those who had sex less than once a month had twice the rates of fatal coronary events, compared with those with the highest frequency of intercourse. In a study published in the journal Biological Psychology, people who had sex more often tended to have lower diastolic blood pressure, or the bottom number in a blood pressure reading.
Lower risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer
A French study found that women who have vaginal intercourse not at all or infrequently had three times the risk of breast cancer, compared with women who had intercourse more often. A Minnesota study found that men who’d had intercourse more than 3,000 times in their lives had half the prostate cancer risk of those who had not. While it’s not clear why this would be true, studies have found that men who had more intercourse tended to have better prostate function and eliminated more waste products in their semen.
Sex researcher Beverly Whipple and others have conducted studies suggesting that more sexual activity helps relieve lower back pain and migraines.
Better testosterone levels
A group of men being treated for erectile problems saw greater increases in testosterone when, along with the treatments, they had frequent sex. Specifically, men who had sex at least eight times per month had greater increases than those who had sex less than eight times per month.
Well, what are you waiting for? Have at it!