Isn’t it nice when you find out there are health benefits to something you were doing anyway? In this case…that “something” is sex. Well, and orgasms specifically.
According to Dr. Kat Van Kirk, associate professor at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco and author of The Married Sex Solution: A Realistic Guide to Saving Your Sex Life, there are some very real health benefits to having an O (or two. Or more!)—and, she says, many of them just might be things you didn’t know about.
They help you sleep. Following orgasm, guys usually experience a quick drop in blood pressure and fall into “sudden relaxation.” Women don’t experience it quite as quickly—for us, it’s slower, but it’s just as powerful. Endorphins help calm your body and your brain.
They boost your immune system. Orgasms release the chemical DHEA, which helps balance your immune system, promotes bone health, and assists in repairing tissues.
They may help in eating healthfully. According to some research, sex activates the production of phenetylamine, a natural amphetamine that aids in regulating your appetite.
They alleviate pain. Orgasms trigger the release of oxytocin—a feel-good hormone that can help to relieve headaches and arthritis and whiplash pain.
They could help reduce your risk of heart disease. Studies have suggested that having sex three or more times per week can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by about 50 percent.
And they may even lengthen your lifespan. A British study of 1,000 people found those who had at least two orgasms per week had half the death rate of those who have sex once (or less) per month.
Hey, the more you know, right?