Other than the obvious gratification and pleasure that sex brings you, there are several other health benefits that it also brings. There is still a deep seated prudery in society that prevents the open enjoyment of sex, causing us to view it with a degree of embarrassment.

This is unfortunate because having a healthy and open relationship with sex can be beneficial both physically and psychologically –

1. Sex improves heart health and lowers blood pressure

Benefits of SexStudies have demonstrated that those who have sex regularly are less likely to die from heart disease.

The physical intimacy between couples that results from sex and even simple hugging can also help lower blood pressure and heart rate in premenopausal women.

2. Sex controls stress

Studies have demonstrated the beneficial impacts of sex on stress. People who had sex regularly were seen to perform better in stressful situations.

3. Sex can help keep you fit, boost immunity and help you live longer

Sexual intercourse can help you burn significant amounts of calories each time that you do it. Also since sex is known to boost immunity it can prevent one from falling sick as often and therefore live a healthier, longer life. Not just that, there is some evidence to show that sex can help you appear younger, by helping boost circulation and making your skin glow.

4. Sex can improve your relationship

The levels of the hormone oxytocin get a boost from sexual activity and orgasms and this can help partners to bond better, build trust and improve their relationship.

There is another way that sex can enhance your relationship – it boosts self esteem and therefore makes one feel better about themselves; which is always beneficial for a relationship.

5. Sex helps you sleep better

The hormonal changes that sex and particularly orgasms bring about also help one sleep better and the many benefits of restful sleep are well known.

6. Sex helps to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles

There are two reasons to do pelvic floor exercises during sex – they help enhance sexual pleasure and they also help to work out the muscles that keep stress incontinence at bay.

7. Sex is a natural pain reliever

It is again the hormones that are released during sex that help to relieve pain – headaches, cramps, body aches can all be helped with a little romp between the sheets.

8. Sex helps you smell better

While an improved sense of smell may not necessarily be good for health, it can help you live life more keenly, and it would seem that sex helps here as well.