Why you need to have sex (and Lots of It)

03.01.2011 LISTEN

Sex Eases Stress

Sex lowers blood pressure and reduces overall stress, according to Scottish research.

Sex Keeps Colds Away
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.

Sex Keeps You Slim
Depending on how acrobatic you are, 30 minutes of sex burns 55 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up.

Sex Helps Your Heart
While we've all seen movies where an old man has a heart attack while getting his groove on in bed, the truth is having sex twice or more a week can actually reduce the risk of a fatal heart attack.

Sex Helps You Sleep
Oxytocin, a hormone released during orgasm, promotes sleep, according to research.

Sex Keeps You Fit Below the Belt
Doing a few pelvic-floor muscle exercises known as Kegels during sex offers a couple of benefits: You will enjoy more pleasure, and you'll also strengthen the muscles and minimize the risk of incontinence later in life.

Sex Helps You Live Longer
Many experts, such as cardiothoracic surgeon and best-selling author Dr. Mehmet Oz, report that having regular sex extends your life by years.

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