Sex, unequivocally can be termed as the ultimate celebration of human pleasure. Igniting our senses and filling us with ripples of pleasure, sex has been a subject of obsession throughout human history which continues to intrigue us today. While irresponsible sex will cause health concerns, intimate and safe sex provides significant physical and psychological benefits.
Sex is a physiological, natural function, and is part of sexuality. Your sexuality as an individual is a psychic energy that finds physical and emotional expression in the desires for contact, warmth, tenderness, eroticism, and love. When perceived as a natural gift, sex becomes an avenue for harmonising energies, a channel for intimate communication, and an action that strengthens and elevates the human spirit. Your sexuality impacts on the quality of your life; therefore, developing a healthy sex life brings you happiness.
For starters, Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., author of the book "Superimmunity", says emphatically that "sex boosts chemicals in the body that protect against disease." Sex as an act of intimacy is believed to promote health and general well-being. The benefits of frequent healthy sexual practices are both physical and psychological.
Regular sex has been known to have the physical benefits of increasing youthful appearance by imparting a healthy skin glow and overall body tone, promoting cardiovascular conditioning, balanced hormonal production and enhancing the body's function of germ-fighting antibodies, burning of calories and maintenance of an ideal body weight, greater vigour, and the natural relief of pains and aches.
Recent studies have also shown other benefits where breast-cancer survivors who experience orgasm – through lovemaking or masturbation – recover more quickly than those who do not. Many women also report that orgasm during sex also relieves menstrual cramps and headaches.
In addition, the psychological benefits are very real. Sexual intercourse increases our hormonal levels because orgasm is experienced in the part of the brain that rules our emotions, releasing endorphins which decreases irritability, and leaves you with a sense of well-being and a general feeling of relaxation.
To say the least, a fulfilling sex life will definitely enhance your self-esteem giving a boost to your confidence and contentment which consequently affects your relationship, health, and to a large extent, your happiness.
Additionally, the psychological benefits of a healthy intimate sex life include the reduction of stress. In response to stress, endocrines such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol are released into the body and over time can become catabolic (destructive metabolism). Endorphins released during an intimate sexual encounter can help to counteract cortisol, which generally cause your body to hold on to fat.
The endorphins, which flood your brain during orgasm also acts as natural relaxants and mood-enhancers and can help overcome emotional distress and depression. The relaxing and soothing feelings induced by endorphins after an endearing and beautiful sex, can equally help those suffering from insomnia sleep better.
According to Alex Benzer, MD, M.Phil., Author of the book, The Tao of Dating, "oxytocin is the hormone chiefly responsible for feelings of long-term attachment in women (in men, it's vasopressin)." Alex concludes by saying that "oxytocin is produced at the moment of orgasm and through touch." This is so because while the hypothalamic hormone oxytocin is the primary peptide in female sexual circuitry, the male sexual cycle is most represented by vasopressin. If ever good sex does not provide any other psychological benefit, this is a sure enough reason to have lots of good sex. This point can not be overemphasised.
A healthy sex life is an important aspect of your psychosocial and physiological well-being, so denying yourself the opportunity to enjoy your sex life to the full does not just cheat you out of the pleasure; it cheats you out of a full bouquet of derivative benefits – physical and psychological – that could lead to a happier and more fulfilling you.