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Is Sex Good

For Your Health?

 

" Ignorance of the necessity for sexual intercourse to the health and virtue of both man and woman is the most fundamental error in medical and moral philosophy."

George Drysdale, Elements of Social Science, 1854

 

      In case you think the above quote is a bit outdated, how about this recent quote from AARP: "Quite a few studies show a strong correlation between staying sexual and staying healthy -- and even between sex and longevity."

So, to answer the question in the title, Yes, it is.

>>   Regular sex is good for a women's health from a number of standpoints.

1. Studies have shown that regular sex is associated with living longer, lower rates of depression, and an enhancement of  the health and beauty of a woman's skin.

2. Researchers at SUNY Albany have found that women who abstain from sex are more likely to suffer from depression.

3. Orgasms appear to reduce the effects of PMS. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that even women who fantasize about sex had twice the PMS pain tolerance of control groups. This is apparently due to a spike in estrogen.

4. Vigorous sex can burn more than 200 calories, which is about the same as spending 30 minutes jogging. And, for what it's worth, a researcher at the University of Bristol, regular sex has also been associated with better posture.

5. Frequent sex is tied to a lower incidence of breast cancer in women.

6. A 1999 study among college women found that orgasms (one or two times a week in the study) were linked to the production of immunoglobulin, which helps fight disease.

7. A 2004 study found that the rate of cancer in women who have regular sex is lower than in those who don't.

8. A 2013 report indicated that monthly cramps are less in women who have regular sex.

9. And, finally, there is evidence to show that women who have had regular sex during their lives live longer.

At the same time, at least one study found a link between the number of sex partners a woman has had with some diseases, including ovarian cancer. (In 2006, an effective vaccination against ovarian cancer was announced, although its use is opposed by some conservative groups.) *

A 2007 one study found a link between the number of oral sex partners and some STDs. However, no data was available on condom use. Properly used, condoms can block these viruses.


      And now the research as it pertains to men.

" Several studies indicate that the higher the frequency of male ejaculations, especially in early adulthood, the less likely it is for men to get prostate cancer later in life."

 

A longitudinal Harvard study of 29,342 men provided information on the frequency of ejaculations from young adulthood to middle age and beyond.

Compared to men who reported 4 to 7 ejaculations per month the men who ejaculated 21 or more times a month had a 31% lower risk of prostate cancer.

A similar study was conducted in Australia with 2,338 men. The same relationship was found. In both studies diet and other environmental influences were controlled.

A UK study showed a reverse relationship between masturbation and/or sex (five or more times a week when men are in their 20s and 30s) and prostate cancer.

However, after age 50 that relationship reverses and masturbation and/or sex are related to lower incidences of prostate cancer. It is assumed that the masturbation keeps carcinogens from building up in the prostate.

Results were mixed on the relationship to the number of sexual partners. One study found that the number of sexual partners was related to the probability of prostate cancer; another study found there was no relationship.

Interestingly, the men who ejaculated more frequently had higher testosterone levels.  Although testosterone was thought to be linked to cancer, in this case the reverse was found. The reason is not known.

More Sex, More Sperm

" Having sex every day can increase a man's sperm count by 20 to 30 percent."

Dr. Allan Percy, via BBCNews.com

 

The quality of sperm can be harmed by abstinence. Having sex every day not only increases the sperm count, but it removes old, damaged sperm.

This has implications for couples have been under the impression that holding off on sex in favor of the day or days in the fertile period of the woman's cycle will increase the chances of pregnancy. In terms of sperm count, the more sex the better.

For Both Men and Women

      A recent study by psychologist Stewart Brody as reported in New Scientist found that the positive effects of sex lasts for days.  These effects include lower blood pressure and a greater ability to handle stressful situations. 

The same effects were not associated with simply reaching a climax or with masturbation. Brody theorizes that the "pair-bonding" hormone oxytocin, which produces a generalized sense of calm and well-being, is only released after intercourse.


*Thousands of women die each year from cervical cancer but, unfortunately, the parents of some teen-age daughters seem to think that the risk of death by cancer is preferable to a risk of premarital sex which they feel is associated with the HPV vaccine. (Studies have shown it isn't but among some groups rumors about sex travel much faster than facts.)

To support anti-vax views they repeat widely discredited rumors about the HPV vaccine started by Michele Bachmann, a popular Republican, who in 2011, had designs on the White House.


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