It keeps you healthy
Whilst it’s relatively common knowledge that sex can combat illness, a lesser known but equally as interesting fact is that having sex once a week can improve immune function by up to 30 per cent.
The study in question was conducted by Wilke University, and revealed that those who have a roll in the hay once or twice a week have more illness fighting immunoglobin in their saliva than those who well, don’t have sex.
In addition, sex gives you a jolly good work out, burning a minimum of 85 calories an hour whilst also keeping your ticker healthy.
It keeps you confident
According to Dr. Gina Ogden, a sex and marriage therapist:
“One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves. Great sex begins with self-esteem. … If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it.”
Sex is absolutely central to intimate relationships, so next time you are feeling a little low or down on yourself, sex could be just the thing to boost your confidence.
It melts away stress
Whilst a long bath and a foot rub are one way to relieve stress and tension, sex is also a great way to distract your mind from the things that are stressing you out.
One study even found that diastolic blood pressure is lower in couples who live together and have regular sex, whilst another revealed that individuals who are sexually active are better at managing high-risk scenarios.
If you are in a relationship where sex is simply not on the agenda, there are likely to be numerous external factors at play that are having an impact. Visiting a counsellor either as a couple, or as an individual at first if this is how you feel most comfortable, will provide you with a neutral environment in which you can begin to understand and explore your feelings.
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