What More Can You Get Out of Healthy Sex? More Than You Probably Realize!
Written by: Karen Azeez
Many people are uncomfortable talking about sex. It’s a deeply personal and private Pissue, but it may seriously affect your overall physical and mental health.
So let me start the conversation…
You may not know, but there are many amazing health benefits to sex…
1. Bolsters Immunity – Studies have shown that people who have sex more often take fewer sick days.
2. Boosts Your Libido – The more sex you have, the sexier you feel. That makes sense. But there’s more; for women, having sex ups vaginal lubrication, blood flow and elasticity, which make sex feel better and helps you crave more of it.
3. Improves Women’s Bladder Control – Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.
4. Helps Your Heart And Bones – Besides being a great way to raise your heart rate, sex helps keep your estrogen and testosterone levels balanced, which also helps with heart disease and osteoporosis.
5. Lessens Pain – Orgasm can block pain because it releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold.
6. Eases Stress And Improves Sleep – After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for feelings of relaxation and sleepiness. If you’re currently single, don’t feel left out. You don’t need a partner to reap these benefits – for the most part, masturbation can do the trick, too.
Unfortunately, sex isn’t easy for many people. Just as sex can affect health, problems with your health can affect sex. Fatigue, insomnia and stress are definite mood-killers. Conditions like diabetes, menopause, UTI’s, yeast infections and vascular disease may make sex difficult. Certain prescription drugs like beta-blockers, benzodiazepines and some antidepressants can lower libido, too.
That’s just the body – what about the mind?
Here’s where things get really complicated. Negative body image, sexual inhibitions, trauma, miscommunication and relationship issues can prevent us from having healthy – and enjoyable – sex too.
So what should you do if you feel like your sex life needs an overhaul?
Start by talking about sex, whether it’s with your doctor, partner, friend, therapist or health coach. Take a risk and open up. Remember, whatever your issue is, you’re not alone and there’s help to address it.
Next, take a good look at your lifestyle to determine where simple tweaks could be made to help in the bedroom. Here are some places to start:
- Exercise: Movement helps with stress, self-esteem, libido, body image and energy.
- Diet: Cutting down on sugar and processed foods can help prevent/treat diabetes and heart disease, yeast infections and a host of medical problems. Eating smaller meals keeps us feeling lighter, sexier and ready for night-time nooky.
- Supplements: Explore natural supplements that may alleviate menopausal issues, insomnia and UTI’s, or substitute for prescription mood-altering drugs without side effects. Vitamins and probiotics will promote immunity and general health.
- Drink More Water: Proper hydration is essential for vaginal lubrication and it will boost your overall energy, too.
- Masturbation: Whether you are single or coupled up, masturbation is a great way to get in touch (no pun intended) with your own body and sexual preferences without the pressure of pleasing a partner at the same time. Learn what you like so you can gently communicate your needs to your special someone (present or future). Plus, it’s good for you (see above).
If you’re the shy type, you might want to start with a book on whatever sexual issue you’re interested in before asking for help or advice. Thanks to thousands of online book retailers, even the most timid of us can find what we’re looking for without anyone knowing.
Regardless of where you are with your relationship status, please remember that it’s okay and healthy to talk about sex. We’re all entitled to a pleasurable sex life!
Health Coach, Wellness Expert and Freelance Writer
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Karen Azeez is a health coach, wellness expert and freelance writer. Karen helps busy men and women incorporate simple lifestyle changes into their daily routine to address issues such as weight gain, insomnia, stress and digestion problems. Karen enjoys cooking healthy meals, hiking with her husband and border collie and watching way too many TV shows about wedding dress shopping.
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