There are lots of reasons to have sex for your health!

Valentine’s Day came and went, and cozying up with your boo by the Christmas fire is a long-faded memory. Still, you really don’t need a reason for making whoopee. Calling in sick and staying home in bed with your sweetie may in fact keep you from getting sick, and there’s a whole bunch more reasons to do it too.

A recently published study showed that having sexual intercourse 2-3 times per week had more of an immune boosting effect over those who did not have regular sexual activity and those who had “too much” sex (yes, there is such a thing!).

Avoiding being sick can put you in a good mood, but so can sex. The release of dopamine, seratonin and oxytocin actually alter brain chemistry leading to a boost in mood.

A good night’s sleep is critical to our health and our immunity, and those chemical cocktails courtesy of The Big O are often stronger than a sleeping pill without the groggy side effects or dependency.

As our bodies age and begin to creak and crack over the years, sex is often the last thing on our minds. But the truth is, the more we’re sexually active throughout our aging progress, the less pain we might experience. Sex can reduce inflammation associated with chronic pain such as arthritis and did you know that an orgasm is one of the best ways to reduce menstrual cramping?

Sex is also a great way to help maintain a healthy weight. Studies have found that regular sexual activity releases the same chemicals in the brain as those associated with feeling satisfied after a meal, so you’re less prone to overeating and bingeing on junk foods.

You may find that sex is easier and more pleasurable with some assistance from a lubricating agent such as coconut, almond or jojoba oil (just don’t use oils with condoms). There are water based options and some really great synthetic free products to help you enjoy the healthy benefits of sex.

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