Aside from being fun, pleasurable, and the means by which we ensure that the human race continues; sex has many health benefits. It keeps your immune system strong, boosts your libido, improves a women’s bladder control, lowers blood pressure, is good exercise, lessens pain, decreases the risk of prostate cancer, improves sleep and lowers stress.
However, it has also been found that having regular romps in between the sheets also helps prevent heart disease…but only if you are a man.
Research shows that regular sex reduces the levels of homocysteine, a harmful chemical in the blood that can trigger heart problems. It is also thought that men who have more sex also have better circulation and healthier blood vessels; which is crucial for preventing a build-up of homocysteine. But scientists say women benefit much less because sexual arousal is less dependent on having a healthy blood flow, which is a key factor in keeping homocysteine under control.
One previous study found intercourse twice a week halved a man’s chances of clogged arteries compared to those indulging less than once a month.
But there has been little scientific evidence to explain why a healthy sex life protects against illness.
However, that lack of understanding isn’t enough to prevent researchers from calling on doctors to advise male patients at risk of heart disease to have more sex.
“This is the first study of its kind to evaluate the correlation between sexual frequency and homocysteine levels.
“A good quality sex life, frequent sex, and libido are all related to health in the middle-aged and elderly.
“Increased sexual frequency could have a protective effect on general health and quality of life – especially in men – so doctors should support patients’ sexual activity.
In fact, the Journal of Sexual Medicine goes as far as to state that “Increased sexual frequency could have a protective effect on general health and quality of life – especially in men.”
Dr. Mike Knapton from the British Heart Foundation said the study produced an “interesting result” but did not prove regular sex reduced homocysteine levels.
He said: “A relationship does exist between sex and heart disease risk.
“Checking your blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as keeping active and not smoking, remain the best ways to ensure a healthy future.”