8 Ways Science Says Sex Is the Best Medicine
Sex is a Great Pain Reliever
Great news, guys! You know how women will often use a headache as an excuse to not have sex? Well, turns out that excuse doesn’t hold even a drop of water, because science itself has determined that sex is actually a great pain reliever. Specifically, orgasms help block pain, as hormones that are released during the act of sex act as pain blockers and relievers. But more than just headaches, back and leg pain can also be lessened for women through sex, and arthritic pain can also be improved by getting a little action. And ladies, during that time of the month, masturbation actually helps the pain that accompanies of menstrual cramps, so you don’t even need a partner to feel better.
Sex Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Many people suffer from high blood pressure, but it turns out that an easy and fun way to lower your blood pressure is to engage in sexual intercourse. We’re talking specifically about sex here, and not masturbation, by the way. In any event, studies have shown that vaginal intercourse is a tremendous way to lower your blood pressure very rapidly. It’s believed this is due at least in part to the release of oxytocin into your body, which is a hormone that has been shown to reduce stress. Stress is often a key factor in high blood pressure, so it makes sense that increased production of oxytocin that comes from knocking boots would not only put you in a better mood, but lower that blood pressure of yours as well.
Sex Can Prevent Prostate Cancer
For anyone who has ever been around prostate cancer, it’s an absolutely brutal thing to behold. Fortunately, there seems to be one very fun way to help lower a man’s risk, and that’s through having more sex. No less than the National Cancer Institute has determined that the more orgasms a man has, the less likely he is to have prostate cancer. That’s not just limited to sex, either, as any sort of orgasm – from wet dreams to masturbation – are included in this study. A study that tracked a large group of men over several years was able to determine that the men having the most sex were seeing their risk of prostate cancer drop by more than 30%.
Sex is Great Exercise
Not all sex is terrific exercise, of course, but depending on how limber you are and the various kinds of positions you and your partner want to try, it can be tremendous cardiovascular exercise. Even the most boring styles of sex burn a lot of calories, with doctors suggesting that, at a minimum, 100 calories are torched during a quickie. Experiments have determined that sex can be qualified as a “moderate exercise,” burning roughly half of the calories per minute that jogging does. And obviously, it’s a lot more fun to have sex than to hop on the treadmill for half an hour, wouldn’t you say?