The Reasons Having Sex Is Good for You, According to Science

Burns calories. Researchers from the University of Quebec at Montreal analyzed 21 heterosexual couples with an average age of 22. Results revealed women burn, on average, 69.1 calories when they have sex for just under 25 minutes.

 Boosts the immune system. A study by Indiana University found women with healthy sex lives produce higher levels of antibodies, which fight off infections. Sex also helps lower your blood pressure and lowers your risk of heart attacks.

 Is a natural painkiller. Contracting genital muscles generate a pleasurable feeling that can reduce the discomfort of menstrual cramps, headaches and joint pain.

 Aids insomnia. After an orgasm, endorphins and prolactin are released, which relax the body and mind to promote sleep.

 Improves mental health. According to the sex therapist Vanessa Marin, skin-to-skin contact releases oxytocin, which is also known as the ‘cuddle hormone’. This can reduce anxiety and stress, while promoting feelings of closeness.

 Prevents wrinkles. In 2013, UK-based neuropsychologist Dr. David Weeks questioned more than 3,500 people about their sex lives over 10 years. Results revealed those who have regular, healthy sex lives look up to seven years younger than people who do not get intimate two-to-three times a week.

 Makes you brainier. According to a study, sexually-active older adults perform better in verbal and visual tests. This may be due to the release of oxytocin and ‘the happy hormone’ dopamine, which have both been linked to improved cognitive function.