Pillow Talk: How a Healthier Sex Life Can Lead to a Healthier You
When life gets hectic, getting busy in the bedroom is often the last thing on our to-do lists. Managing career, family, finances and fitness routines can be overwhelming to the point of exhaustion, and once the apathy for arousal sets in, it can be a challenge to regain interest. What if we told you an active sex life can improve your overall health, wellness and longevity – and even keep you looking youthful? Oh yes, Stella, it’s time to get your groove back!
According to an article by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the perks of plentiful boudoir activity are bountiful. Scientific evidence continues to show that being in a healthy and fulfilling sexual relationship really does a body good (in more ways than one!). Let’s start with the strictly physical aspects…
Your Heart Loves Getting Frisky: Most of us know that sex can be a great cardio workout, but it may also help reduce the risks of heart disease in another way. According to a study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, people who averaged having sex 12 times per month had a greater HRV (heart rate variability), which is a measure of how well the heart responds to subtle physical changes. A higher HRV is a good thing!
That Headache Could Actually Be Helped By Sex: A study out of Southern Illinois University revealed that almost 50% of female migraine sufferers felt better after orgasm due to the morphine-like effect of endorphins.
You’ll Snooze More Soundly After Sex: The flow of the hormone oxytocin that follows sexual activity helps reduce stress and induce sleep. The relationship between sleep and sex also works the other way: women who reported restless sleep patterns were less likely to experience pleasure from sex than those who reported healthy sleep patterns.
As if the physical benefits weren’t enough, there are some extra bonuses to having an active sex life. For example, people who reported having sex one to two times per week had a boost in their immune systems, according to research from Wilkes University. What’s more, Scotland’s Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that those who stated they had an average of 50% more sex than the typical person were deemed by a panel of strangers to appear 7-13 years younger than their actual age.
For recommendations and tips on making nookie part of your norm, a discussion with Dr. Brady can clarify what your particular needs are and how to meet them. There are many things, from scheduling suggestions to hormonal therapies to vaginal rejuvenation procedures, that can get your groove and libido back to a healthy place. In short, it’s time to bring your sexy back, ladies – and we can help!