Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's talk about you and me and all the ways in which your body benefits from the act of getting freaky. Pretty sure that's how the song goes... In any case, it's true. Not only is sex gooooood, but it's also good for you. There are numerous health benefits of having sex, which is just one more reason to do it (though it's not like you needed another one). Here's a list of 15 ways you're doing good things for your body whenever you engage in sexual intercourse (which is what the cool kids call it).
Sex bolsters your immune system.
That’s right. According to sexual health expert Yvonne K. Fulbright, “Sexually active people take fewer sick days.” Having sex boosts your levels of a certain antibody that helps guard your body against germs and viruses.
So you want to avoid that winter flu? You know what to do…
It boosts your libido and makes sex better.
Not only will you get better at it with more practice, but having more sex actually biologically revs up your sex drive and makes sex better all around. For women, having sex increases “vaginal lubrication, blood flow, and elasticity” — all of which makes sex better and makes you crave more of it!
In can improve a woman's bladder control.
Penetrative sex is good exercise for a woman’s pelvic floor muscles, which strengthens them and subsequently helps you avoid incontinence.
It lowers your blood pressure.
Several studies have identified a link between sex and lower blood pressure. So get #HumpingforHealth. (We invented that hashtag. Make it go viral!!!)
Sex is exercise! It burns calories.
Not only does having sex lower your blood pressure, but it provides all the other benefits of exercise as well. You might not want to totally replace your current workout regimen with just sex, but it’s a great supplemental workout (that happens to feel much better than running on a treadmill if you ask us).
But that’s not all. There are even more, even more major health benefits of doing the nasty…