MEN’S HEALTH : Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life

Safe and healthy sex practice contributes to a healthier life. It is important that every man pay attention to this particular aspect of his life and relationship. The noticeable rise in sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies makes the WHO and several other public health agencies to continually advocate for safer safe practices among the population and promote sex education and health awareness for both the young and elderly.

Some healthy and safe sex practices include to help you protect against contacting sexually transmitted diseases or infecting others with such diseases include:

  • Abstinence for the young and unmarried is the safest option to guard against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.
  • Being faithful to your partner is the safest practice for the married couples to guard against sexually transmitted diseases.
  • The use of condoms is important for those who find abstinence a more difficult option.
  • Try to avoid keeping multiple sex partners.
  • Try to avoid sleeping with strangers whom you are not sure about their health status.
  • Go for regular health screening for sexually transmitted diseases if you know you are at high risk and take your medications properly as directed by the doctor.

Some Health Benefits of Sex to Men

The mental and physical benefits of a healthy sex life extend far beyond your bedroom. Researchers, scientists, and medical professionals have studied over the years to find out exactly how sex improves nearly every facet of healthy well-being. Here are a few of the benefits of sex in men.

Improves Relaxation;

Sex can help one to relax better. That’s because your body is flooded with oxytocin – a stress-reducing hormone – a few minutes after you climax. This makes you feel relaxed, happy, and closer to your partner afterward. Since oxytocin levels stabilise 10 minutes after an orgasm, try cuddling post-coitus to keep the good feeling going.

Lowers Prostate Cancer Risk;

Frequent ejaculation lowers prostate cancer risk, according to a study from the Boston University of Public Health.

Researchers surveyed nearly 32 000 men about their ejaculation frequency and followed them up for 18 years. They found that men ages 40 to 49 were 2% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer if they ejaculated 21 times or more each month compared to guys who didn’t ejaculate as often.

While more research needs to be done to confirm the findings, the study authors believe that frequent ejaculation may play a part in clearing out any cancer-causing substances that could develop within your prostate.

Helps You Sleep Better;

Sex prepares you for the perfect sleep by making you feel super relaxed, thanks to oxytocin’s stress-reducing effects. But oxytocin isn’t the only hormone that floods your system after orgasm. Your body also releases a hormone called prolactin, which suppresses dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps you feel awake.

Burns Kilojoules;

Men burn 418 kilojoules during the average sex session, according to research from the University of Montreal. “The level of intensity that is exerted from sexual activity could be higher than that of walking at [4.8km/h] but less than that of jogging at [8km/h],”
Even better: The longer the duration of the intercourse, the more kilojoules is burned.

May Protect Your Heart;

After following more than 1 100 men for an average for 16 years, researchers found that men who had sex two to three times per week had a significantly lower rate of cardiovascular disease than men who only had sex a few times a month or less. There are a couple theories as to why that could be, the researchers say. For one, sex contributes to the physical activity needed to protect your heart.

Plus, if you’re having frequent sex, you’re more likely to be in an intimate relationship with your spouse, the researchers explain. A supportive partner makes for a happier heart – physically and emotionally – by easing your stress levels. Too much stress can actually cause a heart attack or stroke by increasing the amount of inflammation in your body, research from Harvard Medical School found.

However, if you’ve had cardiovascular problems in the past, you should probably wait until your heart issues have returned to normal. Talk to your doctor about how safe it may be for you to engage in sexual activity, especially if you’re on medication.

Boosts Your Immune System;

Individuals who had sex one or more times per week had higher levels of salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA) than those who had had less sex, according to a study published in Psychological Reports. IgA is found in mucous membranes within your respiratory and GI tracts, as well as in your saliva and tears. Your body uses this blood protein as its first line of defence to fight off sickness. So the more of it you produce, the better able you’ll be to fight off an infection.

Also read : How The Immune System Works

Might Help Relieve  Headache;

An orgasm might act as a natural pain-reliever, according to a 2013 German study. Your brain is bombarded with endorphins – neurotransmitters that produces feeling of pleasure and pain relief – during sex. They surveyed nearly 300 people with migraines and more than 60 with cluster headaches who had sex during an episode, and found that 60% of migraine sufferers and 37% of those with cluster headaches said they felt better afterward.

Makes Your Relationship Better;

It’s no secret that sex is pretty much a must in a any long-lasting relationship. Making love at least once a week with your spouse will keep both of you happy and that can strengthen or improve the quality of your relationship.

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