Just what the doctor ordered

Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson is the brains and attitude behind the playful adult toy website sexgear . She is also our official ‘sexpert’.

nullI’ve done it...she’s done it...we’ve all done it. Too tired for sex, but too concerned about your feelings to just say no... most women have come down with a very sudden, but debilitating, pre-coital headache. Well as it turns out, feeling off is even more reason to get it off.  So when you’re feeling under the weather, get under the covers and enjoy some sexual healing from the following health benefits of sex.  

Sex is a Painkiller

Pry the Panadol out of her hands and dish out a healthy dose of sex instead. Sex feels good because the hormones it releases are pleasure-producers. But as well as well as making us feel sexually satisfied, Endorphins and Oxytocin (both generated by orgasm) are effective painkillers. Endorphins have a sedative effect (that’s why you feel sleepy afterwards) and are natural analogues of morphine. And Oxytocin is the wonder chemical, because while it is responsible (at least partially) for helping sexual partners to bond, it also increases pain thresholds by up to 115%. That’s why when you spank your partner during sexual play it doesn’t hurt as much!  

Sex Reduces the Risk of Prostate Cancer:

Some cardiologists believe there is a link between lack of ejaculation and prostate cancer. The prostate produces and stores ejaculate fluid. Storing fluid in one place for a long period can cause the prostate fluid to become stagnant and toxic which can lead to dysfunction of the prostate. So regular emptying of your prostate gland via ejaculation is a good way to keep your prostate healthy. While you can easily do this on your own, we all know it’s more fun with a partner and she can help you with the next bit. It is important, for a healthy prostate, to practice regular prostate massage as this fully empties the prostate, allowing your body to produce a whole new batch of fluids with fresh nutrients. To fully empty the prostate, get your partner to massage your prostate either externally, via the perineum, or internally with a lubricated finger.  

Sex Reduces Depression

Sex is exercise. And exercise in general boosts our mood. Chemically, exercise reduces the amount of Cortisol in the brain which is the chemical responsible for stress and tension. Further to that, the endorphins released during sexual intercourse and orgasm are naturally calming and may ease mild depression or even work to prevent it. The intimacy of having sex with a loved one can also help combat feelings of loneliness and sadness associated with depression – particularly for women. However the positive effect of sex on depression must be taken with a grain of salt as loss of libido is not uncommon with depression. Sometimes having sex can be the last thing a depressed person wants to do.   


Sex Boosts Your Immune System

Sex helps strengthen the immune system. A healthy episode of sex saturates the blood with antibodies. Researchers have found higher levels of Immunoglobulin A in individuals who have regular sex. Immunoglobulin A is a type of antibody that helps to protect us from infections. Tentative studies have shown that sexually active men and women suffer from widespread infectious diseases such a flu and cold less frequently.

Sex helps our overall fitness:

Sex, if nothing else, is exercise.  An energetic sexual session can burn some 200 calories - about the same as running 15 minutes on a treadmill. So having sex the average, two - three times a week for a year is stripping away over 20,000 calories. The pulse rate of an aroused person engaged in a vigorous sexual act rises from about 70 beats per minute to 150, increasing aerobic fitness. The mechanics of sex strengthens our muscles with the following groups being worked out; pelvis, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck and thorax. Sex also boosts production of testosterone, which leads to stronger bones and muscles. Who needs an Ab King Pro when you have a bed?

So go and get busy ...for the sake of your health!  

Take Care, Sarah Gibson at www.sexgear.co.nz

P.S. If there’s anything about sex that you’d like to ask, or a discussion you’d like to start just email me info@sg.co.nz and I’ll do my best to write about it for you here at getfrank.co.nz

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