10 Surprising Sex Facts You Need to Know
RELATIONSHIPS: From releasing stress to boosting fertility and staying young, what's not to love about a good sex life? eumom's fertility expert Helena Tubridy highlights the top 10 facts we all need to know about sex.
Sex keeps you slim
Did you know that a 30-minute romp with your other half can burn up to 100 calories? It may not seem like a lot…until you do the math.
Imagine if you were having sex five times per week, you could actually be half a stone lighter in a year! Can’t envisage constant sex-aerobics? Then it’s good to know that having lots of sex refocuses your thoughts away from eating thoughts. This helps you reduce mindless munching.
Sex boosts your self-esteem
Great sex can boost your body image, mood and self-esteem. When you have that loved-up feeling, you are more body-aware. Being desired by another, enjoying sensual pleasure and taking more care of yourself – it’s not surprising you’ll feel happier all round.
Sex releases stress
You forget everything when you’re enjoying sex. Along with stimulating those special bits, sex affects the vagus nerve to calm your body. Like an athlete, you too can lower resting heart rate and blood pressure to a healthy level. This renders you more resilient and able to cope more easily with stressful situations.
Sex helps you sleep
Maybe it’s time to rethink the post-coital chat that many women crave. Nature has designed us to drift off to sleep after sex. This is due to the hormones that sex stimulates – oxytocin, prolactin and vasopressin. Why not just enjoy drifting off and savouring the benefits of a deep refreshing good night’s sleep?
Sex is a skin rejuvenator
Having sex shows on your face! Women who have sex frequently look younger than those who don’t. Why? For starters there’s that loved-up glow from increased circulation and a sparkle in your eye. But did you know that during sex you get a release of an insulin-type growth chemical which helps firm up facial muscles and keep wrinkles at bay? A good night’s sleep helps here, too!
Sex boosts the immune system
Couples who have plenty of sex have increased immune system activity. Germ-busters such as natural killer cells and phagocytes increase during orgasm. The reason or this infection-resisting immune activity? Experts say it may have to do with protecting you from germs in your partner’s body and fluids.
Sex halts headaches
Yes, that’s right, sex halts headache and not the other way around. In fact, about 12 per cent of migraine sufferers found that orgasm can halt a headache completely before it takes hold and 30 per cent noticed that they felt less pain, irritability and fatigue by having gentle sex or a solo orgasm.
Sex firms up the pelvic floor
The vaginal movements of sex are your own Kegel exercises. When the pelvic floor is toned up, orgasms are more intense and it prevents leaky bladder too. The womb and Fallopian tubes stay supple, helping conception.
Sex cools you down
Sex increases oestrogen levels. Who doesn’t want to reduce menopausal hot flushes? Regular sex ensures a useful hormone balance for the older woman. Heart and bone health are also protected by keeping hormones flowing.
Sex works for your man
Men who ejaculate frequently, that’s around 20 times per month, have less risk of prostate cancer. Sex and masturbation both count. The labyrinthine tubes are flushed through and fresh, healthy sperm are available for conception, heart attack risk can be also be halved providing other lifestyle factors are heeded.
When you or your partner have sex problems it is worth treating them. If your GP has ruled out a physical cause, it’s time to explore the psychological cause. Please ask me for advice if you have concerns.