According to the American Sexual Health Association, sexual health is more important than avoiding diseases and unplanned pregnancies. It’s more about recognizing that sex can be an essential part of your life.

How can sex benefit your life?

The research recommends that sex can be a great cardiovascular exercise in younger men and women.

Some of the benefits you can get from sex include:

  • burning calories
  • increasing heart health
  • strengthening muscles
  • lowering blood pressure
  • increasing libido
  • reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension

However, people with hot sex lives manage to exercise more often and have healthier dietary habits than those who are less sexually active. Physical fitness may also increase sexual performance overall.

Stronger immune system

Similarly, people who had regular sex (one to two times a week) became more immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva. People who had infrequent sex (less than once a week) had less IgA.

immunoglobulin A (IgA) is the antibody that performs a role in limiting illnesses and is the first line of protection against human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Although those who had sex more than three times a week had the same amount of IgA as those who had infrequent sex. The research recommends that anxiety and stress can probably delete the positive effects of sex.

Better sleep

Your body discharges oxytocin also called the “love” or “intimacy” hormone, and endorphins during orgasm. The mixture of these hormones can act as sedation.

Better sleep can add to:

  • a longer lifespan
  • feeling more well-rested
  • a stronger immune system
  • having more energy during the day

Headache relief

Different study reveals that sexual activity can give full or partial relief from migraines and cluster headaches.

Of people who were sexually alive throughout their attacks:

  • 70 percent reported moderate to complete relief during a migraine
  • 37 percent reported improvement of symptoms in cluster headaches
  • 60 percent reported an improvement during a migraine
  • 91 percent reported moderate to complete relief in cluster headaches

How sex benefits all genders

In men

A study discovered that men who had more frequent penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI) had less risk of developing prostate cancer.

The research discovered that men who averaged having 4.6 to 7 ejaculations a week were 36 percent less likely to get a prostate cancer diagnosis before the age of 70. This is in comparison to men who reported ejaculating 2.3 or fewer times a week on average.

For men, sex may also affect your mortality. One study that had a 10-year follow-up stated that men who had regular orgasms (defined as two or more a week) had a 50 percent lower mortality risk than those who had sex less frequently.

Although results are conflicting, the quality and health of your sperm may increase with improved sexual activity, as suggested by some research.

In women

Having an orgasm boosts blood flow and releases natural pain-relieving chemicals.

Sexual activity in women can:

  • reduce incontinence
  • relieve menstrual and premenstrual cramps
  • improve bladder control
  • improve fertility
  • build stronger pelvic muscles
  • help produce more vaginal lubrication
  • potentially protect you against endometriosis or the growing of tissue outside your uterus

The act of sex can help strengthen your pelvic floor. A strengthened pelvic floor can also give benefits like less pain during sex and a reduced chance of vaginal prolapse.

Finally, women who remain sexually active after menopause are less likely to have significant vaginal atrophy or the thinning of vaginal walls. Vaginal atrophy can generate pain during sex and urinary symptoms.