7 Weird Effects That Sex Has On Your Body

If you have spent even a cursory amount of time online, chances are good that you already know at least one thing–that no one on the internet has ever had sex, probably. Why do you know this? Because most people on the internet talk about sex a whole lot (almost constantly!), but in a way that leads on to believe that they have never known the dubious pleasure of being with another human being, in the Biblical sense. Much of this is due to the terrible jokes that have been made about sex and the very names that people use to refer to sex, which many have taken to calling the act of having one’s “guts rearranged.” Take, for example, this:

Here’s the thing–one’s internal organs are not, in fact, “rearranged” during the act of penetrative sex. Penises are not that powerful! (Although you probably knew that on some level already. I hope.) But what you may be surprised to learn is that there are some weird (but not permanent!) changes that the body experiences during sex–find out what they are here:


You Feel Less Pain

During sexual arousal and orgasm, the hormone oxytocin is released in the body. This, in turn, releases a flow of endorphins. And what do those do? Well, it feels really nice, for one. Plus, as a bonus, the release of these hormones acts as a natural painkiller, which is why certain things that might cause you a considerable amount of pain normally barely register when you have sex.

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Your Body, Um, Turns On

For lack of a better term. Basically, sexual arousal and intercourse causes your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate to increase rapidly. This, in turn, makes your pupils dilate and your skin and genitals become much more sensitive and responsive to touch than they usually are, which actually makes the phrase "turned on" a little more literal than not.

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Your Immune System Gets A Boost

If you're feeling a cold coming on, you could take some vitamin C. Or, you could just hook up with someone. (Just kidding! Please don't kiss anyone if you have a cold.) But, in all seriousness, regular sexual activity has been proven to boost the immune system--a study done at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that students who had sex once or twice a week had a higher level of a certain disease-preventing antibody, called immunoglobulin, than those that did not.

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Your Skin Gets Better

As you probably already know, sex causes a release of hormones in the body. Apparently, these hormones also reach your face, and, unlike the hormones that cause hormonal acne, these ones can actually improve your skin, since they hep to promote a healthy, youthful glow.

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It Wears You Out

Always feel like you need a snack after having sex? Chances are, it's because you really do need to be refueled--sex can be a pretty vigorous workout, burning anywhere from 85 to 250 calories per session. So, if you feel like you need a snack after working out, don't fight that urge. Eat up! We recommend pizza.

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You'll Get A Higher Sex Drive

When it comes to sex, the more of it you have, the more you'll want. How Sisyphean!  For people with vaginas, this is because regular sex increases natural lubrication and vaginal elasticity, which makes sex more enjoyable, and, as a result, makes you want to have it more.

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Your Bladder Gets Stronger

Incontinence probably isn't something you think about a lot right now. But, just in case it is, you should know that having sex is basically a workout for your pelvic floor muscles, which makes you less likely to pee your pants.

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