5 health benefits of sex

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Here are more amazing health benefits of sex:

Boost your immune system

More sex equals fewer sick days. That's what the results of studies comparing sexually active people to those who are not sexually active say. Researchers at Wilkes-Barree University found people who had sex once or twice a week enjoyed a 30% boost in immunoglobulin, compared with those who had sex seldom or never. IgA is one of the body’s first lines of defence against viruses. That means better protection against colds and flu.

Controls bladder

According to US WebMD, urinary incontinence affects about 30% of women at some point in life. Luckily, when we orgasm our vaginal walls contract. As a result of these contractions, our pelvic floor muscles becoming stronger. With a strengthened pelvic floor, you will be able to have proper bladder control at all times.

Relieve stress

During sex, the brain releases feel-good chemical, oxytocin, which helps you feel more at ease. Even if you're not having sex with a partner, there's no reason not to take matters into your own hands; get a sex toy to help you release those feel-good chemicals, girl.

Decrease pain

Orgasms are a powerful, awesome thing. They can help keep pain at bay. Most people find that by having sex, they have relief from their headaches, menstrual cramps, arthritic pains, and many other types of pain.

Boost libido

Having sex actually boosts desire. When you have sex, your body produces more of the hormones that make you want to do more.  Sex boosts vaginal lubrication, blood flow to the vagina, and elasticity of the tissues, all of which make for better, more pleasurable sex and increase libido.

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