Sex for the Health of It!
You might have noticed on various social media outlets, that along with my wife Alina, we have recently been presenting at professional and on-online conferences on, well, umm, an important but sometimes sensitive topic; Sex. Yep, I said it right here for all to see. Sex, Sex, Sex. Whew, the ice is now broken.
Alina has been contracted to write a book on EFT Tapping and Great Sex (how using EFT can help with the many physical and emotional blocks to that endeavor and is the developer of an online course called Path to Passion). While that is of great interest to many, that is NOT the topic of this blog post, but the health of it is.
When we present professionally, I focus upon physical and mental health aspects of sex and intimacy. Since we just delivered a two hour presentation at the ACEP national conference (primarily mental health professionals) in Phoenix recently, (and will again later this month for the Elegance of Conscious Living: Bodies, the Online Summit), I thought why not offer a synopsis for my readers on Why Sex is Important for Your Physical and Mental Health! I am pretty darn sure that this is the first time I have written on the subject here. Yep, definitely sure. Outlined below are just a fraction of how sex can be beneficial to your physical healthy and well-being. I do however need to share that you should consider the following: Act responsibly, be kind, all good things in moderation (but who defines moderation?), check with your doctor (really?) and do not partake in while driving.
Sex and Happiness:
A 2004 study of 16,000 U.S. adults found as a primary finding “That sexual activity enters strongly positively in an equation where reported happiness is the dependent variable. They found simply that sex made a huge difference in reported happiness measurements. While I will not in this synopsis report on the standard query of how much sex are people having (you will have to look up the study for those factoids), I will tell you one significant finding; that the number of sexual partners that resulted in the greatest amount of happiness reported, was…drumroll please….One partner.
The Brain on Sex:
Ongoing brain research continues to show the impact of sexual activity resulting in countering the deleterious effects of stress in important areas of the brain that have to do with memory and anxiety reduction. A Princeton study for example in rats show that regular sex in rats resulted in reduced stress hormone levels and the stimulation of neurogenesis (new nerve cell growth) and neuroplastic features (an enhanced ability for neurons in the brain to adapt, grow and change with new learning). Other similar studies have shown increased nerve cell growth in the brain’s hippocampus (yes again in rats) and with regular sexual activity, increased recognition memory. So while this has not yet been demonstrated in humans, these studies show an encouraging trend!
Sex and Longevity:
A comprehensive study published in the respected British Medical Journal, involved 918 men in Caerphilly South Wales. Extensive medical interviews in this cohort study and performed with a ten year follow up studying mortality (death) with related lifestyle factors and health conditions taken into account for. The conclusion was a 50% decrease in male mortality who had more frequent orgasms! The authors of this study humorously point out that perhaps improved methods “intervention programs could also be considered, perhaps based on the exciting “At least five a day” campaign aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption-although the numerical imperative may have to be adjusted.” Wink wink. the Duke Study on Aging also found that the frequency of sex was directly inversely related to mortality in men (while the Enjoyment of sex was the significant factor in the decreased mortality for women! Dr Oz reported that he found a study that showed that 200 orgasms per year reduced physiological again by six years.
Sex and Physical Health:
Research has shown that in men, regular male climaxes (depending on measures of frequency) can decrease the risk of prostate cancer by between 14-34%. Sex can act as natural pain reliever with increased release of oxytocin and endorphins (though of course warnings and exceptions need to be in place in the case of physical injury). Sex increases estrogen which in women can relieve menopausal symptoms. Cardiovascular health and weight loss can be improved, with reports showing that 20 minutes a week of vigorous participation can result in the burning of over 7500 calories per year. Antidepressant effects has been found to result for women in unprotected heterosexual activity. Immunoglobin A, a measure of immune function, was shown in one study to improve by 30% with sexual activity 1-2 times per week.
So you have my blessing to share this information with your partner or loved ones and if you must, ask your doctor for a prescription to improve your health in an enjoyable fashion.