As you may already know, there are a lot of great things about sex. It creates a bond between you and your partner, it’s a fun way to pass the time, and also… it just feels really good. Do we really need any other reason to get down and dirty?
Probably not, but we’ll give you some anyway. Sex isn’t just good for your mental health – it’s also good for your physical health. Sex comes along with a whole slew of health benefits you might not have even known about. So, the next time you’re ready to get frisky and you start to feel guilty, don’t. You’re doing something to improve yourself, girl! Here are 12 health benefits of sex you probably didn’t know about.
Makes Your Periods Lighter and Reduces CrampsThis is basically science: when you're having an orgasm, the way your uterus contracts helps get rid of cramps and also may help your period end faster. Of course, this means you have to have sex while on your period, but that's not a big deal! Source: ShutterStock
Makes Your Skin More ClearHaving sex can give you a glowing complexion that will make your skin appear more clear and beautiful. Hormones released during sex can actually make your skin healthier. At the same time, sex can balance your hormone levels, meaning you're less likely to get a lot of acne. Source: ShutterStock
Makes Your Hair Look NicerI know this sounds weird, but having sex can give you healthier, gorgeous hair. The hormones released improve the health of your hair, but sex also makes it easier for your body to metabolize nutrients needed for great hair. Source: ShutterStock
Makes You HappierI'm sure you've already heard that sex acts as an instant mood-lifter. Doing the deed can help get rid of stress, depression and anxiety, leaving you feeling more relaxed and less bummed out. Unless you're having sad sex with an ex or something, it should leave you feeling smiley. Source: ShutterStock
Improves The Health Of Your TeethSex isn't directly responsible for giving you healthier, beautiful teeth, but it could be indirectly responsible for that if you're letting the dude finish inside of you (not recommended unless you're trying to get pregnant). Semen has a lot of zinc, calcium and other minerals that fight tooth decay. If there is more of that semen in your body, it makes sense that it would be good for your teeth! Source: ShutterStock
Makes You Have To Pee LessAs weird as it sounds, it's true: sex helps with bladder control. When you're doing it, you're basically working out your pelvic muscles. Having strong pelvic muscles means you're more likely to fight that urge of having to pee all the time. Source: ShutterStock
Reduces The Risk Of Breast CancerYou may not be worried about breast cancer right now, but one day you might be. According to Fox News, one study found that having a lot of sex before you've given birth is linked to not having breast cancer. If this is true, sex might actually save your life. Source: ShutterStock
Acts As A Form Of CardioPeople have long considered sex a form of exercise - the fact that you burn calories during it is just an awesome benefit. But a fairly recent study found that sex only burns an average of 21 calories, which disappointed everyone. However, some researchers disagreed with that. I think it really depends on how much work you're putting into it. If you're really sweaty and moving a lot, you can consider sex your form of cardio for the day! Source: ShutterStock
Causes You To Get Sick Less OftenRandom, but true: sex can boost your immune system and prevent you from getting sick all the time. Researchers have found that people who have sex 1-2 times every week have higher levels of an antibody that is known to improve your immune system. Source: ShutterStock
Makes Pain More BearableWhen you're having sex and you're really aroused, you're less likely to feel pain - down there or anywhere. So, that old excuse of having a headache? Yeah, that's not going to work. Sex can actually make it better! Source: ShutterStock
Helps You Sleep MoreLike I said before, sex relaxes you, gets rid of stress and makes you happy... all the ingredients for a good night's sleep! And if you're doing a lot of your work during your sexy sessions, you're obviously going to feel tired afterwards. Source; ShutterStock
Reduces The Risk Of EndometriosisFertility most likely isn't something you're thinking about right now, but one day you most likely will be. Endometriosis is a condition that causes pelvic pain and it can even lead to infertility if it's not treated. Having sex while you have your period has been shown to lead to a decreased risk of endometriosis. And having sex on a regular basis can make your period more regular, which is better for fertility in the future. Source: ShutterStock
Were you surprised by any of these? Which one surprised you the most? How does sex make you feel afterwards? Tell me in the comments!