12 Reasons To Have Sex Right Now

Nov 27, 2009 • Research


Sex feels good, but that’s not the only reason we should be having it. Aside from giving you a killer work out, having sex regularly also has implications in other aspects of your life. Below are twelve reasons you should call it a day early and jump into the arms of your current object of desire:

  • A study at Queens University in Belfast found that having sex three times a week could halve your risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • 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 viral and bacterial infections. According to one study, people who have sex more than once a week had 30% higher levels of IgA than those who abstained.
  • During sex, the natural steroid DHEA is secreted throughout the body and after an orgasm the level in the bloodstream soars to five times its normal amount. Known as the anti-ageing hormone, high levels of DHEA are thought to keep your body fitter and disease-free, helping you to live longer.
  • An Australian study found that people who had an orgasm at least three times a week had a 50% lower chance of dying from any medical reason than those who only climaxed once a month.
  • Couples who have sex at least three times a week look more than a decade younger than people who make love less often, according to consultant neuro-psychologist, Dr David Weeks, who did a 10-year study on the subject.
  • Thirty minutes of sex burns up to 150 calories per half-hour, which is equivalent to a small glass of wine. If you have moderately active sex twice a week, you’ll burn an extra 15,600 calories a year!
  • The hormone oestrogen is pumped out during sex, which can have a plumping effect on skin, helping to smooth out fine lines. After menopause, skin can become drier and more wrinkled, as oestrogen levels drop – something research shows regular sex might combat.
  • Because sex is an aerobic form of exercise it promotes skin renewal, according to research at Royal Edinburgh Hospital. It found that vigorous sex pumps higher levels of oxygen around the body, pushing newer, fresher skin cells up to the surface.
  • 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. Being intimate has also been found to ease mild depression.
  • Sex causes a surge in the “love” hormone oxytocin and other feel-good endorphins, which can reduce pain. Women have reported noticing that headaches, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex.
  • The oxytocin released during orgasm has another benefit – it promotes sleep, according to research. And getting enough sleep has been linked with a host of other good things, such as feeling happier, maintaining a healthy weight and controlling high blood pressure.
  • In a study published in Psychology Journal, researchers found that people who’d had sex in the past 24 hours coped better with stressful scenarios than those who had not.

Information via The Mirror. Image by Nicola Ranaldi, via AcessoRestrito.

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  • Arrow

    I’m liking the looking younger part and hope it stays true. I’m approaching 30 and still always get carded.

    • Anaiis

      People tell me I look 16 often. Now everyone knows why. 😉

  • http://Letsnet.org D Lets

    Better health too, who know. I’ll have start spreding it around. I’ll start by retweeting your tweet.
    You want to do coffee sometime?

  • AV Flox

    You’re charming, D. and I am incredibly flattered by your invitation. Let’s get to know one another before we transcend to meatspace, shall we?

  • http://myspace ryan

    fuck me