The state of being male or female, men or male animals as a group or women or female animals as a group. Physical activity in which people touch each other’s bodies, kiss each other, etc. Physical activity that is related to and often includes sexual intercourse.
For healthy, consenting adults, $xx can be mind-blowing. But getting busy with a partner can also have some legit benefits beyond our brainwaves.
The good feelings swirling around the brain during sexy time are due to brain chemistry, specifically dopamine and opioid chemicals. But the goodness extends beyond our brains.
Studies have found that regular hanky-panky can do way more than make us feel warm and fuzzy. Here are the health benefits of $xx:
It could increase longevity
Research shows that $xx may help you live longer. Getting down in the years after a heart attack decreased the risk of death by one-third.
It increases job satisfaction
When married couples fooled around at home, the good vibes spilled over into work the next day. Folks were in a better mood and more engaged with their jobs.
It preserves marriages
For our married readers out there, it’s worth it to try and keep that sexy spark alive. “sexual afterglow” lasted 48 hours post $xx and contributed to pair-bonding those lovey, dovey feelings you have toward your mate.
It helps ward off cold and flu
Students who engaged in sexual activity a few times a week had higher levels of immunoglobulin A an antibody that helps fight infections and the common cold in their saliva.
Interestingly, the IgA levels were highest in couples who consistently had $xxa few times a week, but lower in people who had no $xx or lots of $xx.
It improves self-esteem
Maybe there’s a reason for that extra pep in your step. Those having casual oral, vaginal, or anal $xxfared better on well-being and self-esteem tests than those who did not have $xx.
It reduces stress
Doing the deed has positive mental health associations for everyone. In general, intercourse can make blood pressure less reactive to stress and reduce overall stress levels.
It can be a workout
Anyone who’s ever watched an R-rated movie knows $xxcan be quite the workout. An average bedroom rodeo burns 85 calories, or 3.6 calories a minute. This led researchers to conclude that, sometimes, $xxcan be considered significant exercise.
It relieves headaches
Getting frisky releases a bevy of feel-good chemicals, including serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin. These generate feelings of euphoria, pleasure, and elation and make people forget all about that nagging headache.
60 percent of migraine sufferers felt better after knocking boots. For people plagued with cluster headaches, there’s good news too. The same study found that 37 percent of subjects felt better after sexual activity.
It improves sleep
It’s a cliché that dudes pass out right after $xx, but intercourse actually can help all people nod off. Feeling relaxed and comfortable are big factors in hitting the big O, so it makes sense that there’s a tendency to want to snooze right after.
In fact, people who had orgasms before bed (either from $xx with partners or masturbation) experienced “favorable sleep outcomes,” as in, hitting the hay faster and getting better quality sleep.