Let’s face it – physical intimacy with your partner feels good. However, orgasms aren’t the only benefit provided by tying up in the sheets with your partner.
Having physical contact with your partner more frequently can lead to a better life all around. And if you are curious as to what is considered to be the desired frequency, a 2015 study found that relationship satisfaction improved immensely with physical intimacy at least once per week.
1. Lowers blood pressure.
Studies suggest that there is a major link between physical intimacy and decreasing blood pressure. Joseph Pinzone, MD. says the following:
“There have been many studies,” he says. “One landmark study found that intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure.”
2. It makes you happier.
A Chinese study from 2015 concluded that more frequent physical intimacy that is considered to be ‘better quality’ will increase your mood, leading to a happier life. I don’t know about you, but that’s reason enough for me!
3. It’s technically a workout.
A 30-minute romp in the bedroom provides similar benefits to that of taking a brisk walk. Not to mention the fact that you burn up to 150 calories as well. So, if you skipped the gym, your partner may be able to help you make it up.
4. It relieves stress.
Physical intimacy reduces cortisol and adrenaline, which are two hormones released as a response to stress. These hormones cause weight gain, heart problems, high blood pressure, fatigue and so much more. And physical intimacy can provide immediate benefits that last into the coming days.
5. Improved immunity.
Physical intimacy can also enhance your immunity, making it easier for your body to fight disease and infections. In turn, you would be less likely to get viruses or sickness during daily activities and interaction.
6. Lowers your risk of a heart attack.
And not only does physical intimacy provide you with benefits for your emotional heart, but it’s also good for your physical heart. The reason being is because it keeps estrogen and testosterone in balance. Dr. Joseph Pinzone explains, “When either one of those is low you begin to get lots of problems, like osteoporosis and even heart disease,” Pinzone says.
And studies have shown that a routine of intimacy can help.
7. It provides pain relief.
Barry R. Komisaruk says that orgasms have the power to relieve our pain. And if sex isn’t an option, that’s okay too! He says masturbation has shown similar relief. So, if you are cramping, dealing with arthritis, or enduring chronic pain, you may be able to benefit from relief in a much more enjoyable way than popping a Tylenol.
8. It reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
In two landmark studies carried out by Harvard University scientists, it was discovered that men who reached a happy ending 7 times per week were 36% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, the benefits were replaced with higher risk by men who had over 30 sexual partners, versus those who stuck with one.
9. It helps you sleep.
Neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. Amer Khan says that when we release oxytocin, it’s usually in conjunction with affection and physical contact. Oxytocin enhances our mood, relieves stress and makes for easier sleeping. Oh, and here’s the catch: more sleep equals better physical relations, so you may need to work on both.