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Why Intimacy May Support Longevity

by | Aug 3, 2020

As the saying goes, an apple a day might keep the doctor away, but regular physical intimacy works could be important too. Research suggests that regular sex can support longevity. However, many myths indicate otherwise. In many cultures, ejaculation was seen as a drain on men’s vitality. In French, the word for orgasm translates as “le petit mort”, the little death. How could sex prolong life? Below are some of the explanations.

Sex has been proven to improve the strength of the immune system.

Researchers in Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, discovered that people who have frequently have physical intimacy possess higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA). This antibody helps fight infections such as coughs and colds.

Sex reduces the risk of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading cause of death for men and women globally. A New England Research Institute study showed that men who have physical intimacy twice a week could lower their risk of heart disease by 50%. Sex can be a great exercise getting your heart pumping.

Sex reduces stress.

We all get stressed, and this can lead to serious health problems that can shorten life. There is research to suggest that people who have regular physical intimacy can lower their blood pressure which will help keep more balance during stressful situations.

Sex keeps the cells healthy, and cells are the building blocks in our bodies.

Others have discovered that regular physical intimacy helps to lengthen telomeres, which are a set of proteins in the nucleus of the cell that stabilises the end of chromosomes giving many health benefits. 

Regular physical intimacy can also lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer.

One study revealed that women who have sex more than once per month had a lower chance of getting certain types of breast cancer. During sex, happy hormones like oxytocin are released, which some research suggests may help prevent breast cancer. Australian researchers recently published a study showing that men between the age of 20 and 50 who ejaculate regularly, are less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Regular romps under the covers could, therefore, lengthen your days. One study showed that men who had several orgasms a week had a 50% lower risk of death than those who did not orgasm as frequently. Other studies show that women who have frequent orgasms are more likely to live longer than those who don’t.

Frequent sex needs an intimate, safe and loving relationship. These studies suggest that secure attachment to a loved one enhances health and extends longevity. So next time you have physical intimacy, remember, this is a very healthy way to spend time. 

If you and your partner would like to discuss this further and how your sex life is impacting your relationship, please give me a call. I offer sessions from my office in Hove and online. 

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