The term sexually active is vague, and many people associate it with penis-in-vagina (PIV) penetrative sex. However, this is not true. Active sex includes more than this. Being sexually active also includes other stimulation forms, such as hand job, fingering, dry humping, anal penetration, and other genital-to-genital contacts. 

So, even if you have not had penetrative sex, you can still be sexually active. An average sexual frequency of 54 times per year, or once a week, is considered healthy. While the frequency of sexual activity declines with age, it remains important for older adults.

In a supportive relationship, being sexually active has multiple benefits such as low blood pressure, greater intimacy, and reduced stress.

Let’s have a look at some of the benefits.

Benefits

According to the American Sexual Health Association, sexual health is knowing that it is an essential part of your life and not just avoiding unplanned pregnancies and diseases. Sexuality and sex are a vital part of your life. Besides helping in reproduction, sex is also about pleasure and intimacy. 

Active sexual life has the following health benefits:

  • Intellectual
  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Social

Here are some benefits:

Low Blood Pressure

A 2016 study analyzed the effect of sexual activity on blood pressure. The researchers concluded that women who were satisfied with their sexual life had a lower risk of high blood pressure. 

However, the result was not conclusive for older men.

Another study found that sexual intercourse lowers your blood pressure levels. Besides, blood pressure and sexual health are interlinked. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), hypertension can alter your libido and may also interfere in a man’s ability to maintain and achieve an erection.

Antihypertensives also lower sex drive and cause erectile dysfunction in men. If this is the case, you can talk to your doctor, and they can prescribe alternative medicine to prevent or reduce sexual adverse effects.

Increased Libido

Yes, the more sex you have, the more it increases your pleasure. It aids in healthier, longer, and stress-free life. In case your partner lacks the feeling of sex, give them what they need.  Pay attention to your partner’s fantasies and desires, and try to give them that. This will improve their sexual desire.

Try and focus on your partner’s sexual desire, and everything will fall in place.

Improves Skin Health

You may have noticed a “morning after” glow. 

It is due to a better mood, stress relief, and flush of blood under the skin, which is a natural part of the arousal process.

Decreased Depression & Anxiety

Neurotransmitters released during sex and mood enhancers in semen offer you with a positive outlook. 

Besides, an intimate connection with a loved one also has a mood-boosting effect. It is also seen that afterglow aids in improving your bond with the partner. According to a study published in 2017 in the journal Psychological Science, sexually active partners were satisfied for two days after the activity. 

Partners with afterglow reported having happiness in their relationship even several months after the act. Oxytocin, the cuddle hormone, aids in lifting your spirits. Lastly, the properties of semen also prevent anxiety and depression. 

A study showed that contact with semen acted as an antidepressant for women. It is due to the absorption of semen content in the bloodstream through the vagina.

Improves Women’s Bladder Control

Incontinence is a common condition in women, affecting about 30% of women worldwide. Pelvic floor muscles play an essential role in avoiding incontinence.

A good sexual activity acts like a workout for pelvic floor muscles. Orgasm contracts those muscles, strengthening them.

Better Sleep

As discussed earlier, sexual activity releases endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin, especially during orgasm. The action of these hormones boosts sedation.

In turn, better sleep improves the health of your immune system, offers a longer lifespan, increases your energy throughout the day, and helps you feel relaxed.

Also, your body releases another hormone prolactin that induces the feeling of relaxation and satisfaction.

Relieves Menstrual Cramps

Do you know that looking at your partner or even their photo can soothe the pain? A study performed at Stanford University in California concluded that showing pictures of their romantic partners to participants dulled pain experience.

You may feel that pain may be a barrier for sex, but this benefit is worth the time and effort. Just take a moment to look at your partner.

Studies have also shown that women get relief from menstrual cramps after a good orgasm.

Counts as Exercise

Yes. According to the American Heart Association, a healthy sexual act is comparable to moderate-intensity exercises, such as climbing two flights of stairs or brisk walking.

As discussed above, sexual movements tighten the pelvic and abdominal muscles and act as an exercise to improve bladder control.

Helping Heart Health

Sex with your partner offers protective effects on your cardiovascular system, especially women.

A 2016 study analyzed the potential benefits of sex with a regular partner. The research proved that sexually active women have a lower risk of heart problems in late life.

However, high levels of sexual activity may increase the risk of cardiovascular disorders in men. So, it needs further research to verify the risk and benefits of sex on heart health.

If you have a heart problem, you can consult your doctor about the safe limit for sex. You should be open with your physician about the intensity and regularity of sex, which may put a strain on your heart.

Boosts Confidence

Frequent and regular sexual activity, with or without a partner, can help you look younger. This is primarily due to the release of estrogen levels during sex.

A study has shown that regular sexual activity is linked to looking younger. A majority of the participants were also comfortable and confident expressing their sexual identity and sexuality.

Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

A 2004 study showed that high frequency of ejaculation lowers the risk of prostate cancer. About 30,000 males were studied for their ejaculation pattern at different points in life.

It was seen that men who ejaculated more than 21 times per month had a lower risk of prostate cancer than men who ejaculated just 4-7 times a month.

The researchers extended their study in 2016 and the follow-up findings were similar to those found initially. Males who ejaculated frequently had a lower risk than those who ejaculated less often. 

Helps Manage Stress

Sexual activity can relieve stress. A study conducted in 2019 studied the effect of intimacy on cortisol levels. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by your body in response to stress.

The researchers found that intimacy helped to get cortisol levels within the normal range. Besides, sexual activity boosts the release of endorphins, oxytocin, and other feel-good hormones, responsible for reducing stress.

Improved Immune System

A study analyzed the immunity of individuals involved in a romantic relationship. Here, it was seen that couples who had sex two times a week or more had higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva. In contrast, partners who had sex less than once a week had lower immunoglobulin A levels.

IgA plays a vital role in preventing diseases and is a primary line of defense against human papillomavirus, or HPV.

However, partners who indulged in sex more than three times a week had similar IgA levels as those had infrequent sex.  Researchers believe that stress and anxiety can cancel the health benefits of sex.

Final Thoughts

Sex is a vital part of a healthy life and overall well-being. There are various emotional and physical benefits of sex in a relation, such as improved self-esteem and reduced risk of heart diseases.

You can have similar health benefits without penetrative sex. Engaging in pleasurable activities such as masturbation or genital-to-genital touch have similar health benefits. Regular sexual activity improves the quality of your life.

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