To paraphrase a great old slogan for Guinness beer: Sex isn't just good, it’s good for you! The evidence is accumulating that the more sex you have, the better off you are. While researchers are trying to nail down the impact of sex on overall health;
'We do not have good data to show a direct connection to all-around good health. We know that healthier people have more sexual activity. But we do not know which comes first. Does the good health make you more willing to have sex, or does the sex have a positive impact?' (Jennifer Bass, Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in Bloomington, Ind.)
Data is mounting when it comes to some specifics. The assumed health benefits of sex are generally thought to accrue to people in loving, monogamous relationships or those engaging in solo practice. Risky sex with lots of partners will probably do more harm than good. Here are several potential benefits of sex:
1. Easing depression and stress
'The release from orgasm does much to calm people. It helps with sleep, and that is whether we talk about solo sex or sex with a partner.' (Jennifer Bass)
A recent study of college students at the State University of New York in Albany suggests that semen acts as an antidepressant. Females in the study who were having sex without condoms had fewer signs of depression than women who used condoms or abstained from sex.
'These data are consistent with the possibility that semen may antagonize depressive symptoms and evidence which shows that the vagina absorbs a number of components of semen that can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours of administration.'
2. Relieving pain
Orgasm is a powerful pain-killer. Oxytocin, a natural chemical in the body
that surges before and during climax, gets some of the credit, along with
a couple of other compounds like endorphins.
According to a study by Beverly Whipple, professor emeritus at Rutgers University and a famed sexologist and author, when women masturbated to orgasm 'the pain tolerance threshold and pain detection threshold increased significantly by 74.6 percent and 106.7 percent respectively.'
3. Boosting cardio health
It’s possible that male cum can lower blood pressure. Another recent study found that women who gave their men oral sex, and swallowed, had a lower risk of preeclampsia, the dangerously high blood pressure that sometimes accompanies pregnancy.
'The present study shows that oral sex and swallowing sperm is correlated with a diminished occurrence of preeclampsia,' said the Dutch authors.
There have been other studies showing that sex lowers blood pressure, and
might even protect against strokes because of its stress-relieving ability.
But when we think of sex and the cardio system, we tend to think of poor old Nelson Rockefeller having a heart attack in flagrante delicto. Well, not only does that hardly ever happen, but sex might actually protect the heart. A 2002 report from a large British population of men said 'some protection from fatal coronary events may be an added bonus' of frequent sexual intercourse.
4. Countering prostate cancer
Over the past few years, several journals have published studies showing that the more ejaculations the better.
'High ejaculation frequency is related to decreased risk of total prostate cancer.' (The Journal of the American Medical Association)
5. Healing wounds
Some evidence suggests sex can be rejuvenating to the point of helping wounds to heal faster. Several experiments have shown that oxytocin can help even stubborn sores, like those suffered by diabetics, to heal by regenerating certain cells.
6. Fighting aging
Maybe it’s the rejuvenation, maybe the happiness, maybe all of the
above. One thing’s for sure: 'Use it or lose it' is literally true.
For example, postmenopausal women often suffer from 'vaginal atrophy,' which
is what it sounds like and can lead to all sorts of complications like urinary
tract infections. What's one way to prevent it? More intercourse.
Sex is a form of exercise, after all, and like all exercise, it burns calories and can help battle the onslaught of the years.
Can sex really make you live longer? Maybe. In the same population of British men cited earlier, researchers found a 50 percent reduction in overall mortality in the group of men who said they had the most orgasms. There was a dose response: the more orgasms, the better.
Of course, as Kinsey's Jennifer Bass reminds us, it could be that these blokes were just healthier and felt like having sex more often. But since there's no evidence that lots of sex is bad for you, what have you got to lose?
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5263250/ - By Brian Alexander
Obviously, semen contains spermatozoa, but sperm accounts for only a small percentage of spunk. Cum is 90% seminal fluid, which is composed of dozens of chemical components. The base of seminal fluid is primarily fructose (sugar) and proteins, with many other trace minerals and substances.
Healthy semen (from a well nourished, disease free male) may in fact be not only safe to eat, but actually good for you. Semen is a source of highly concentrated, high-quality protein and also contains high concentrations of some minerals, such as zinc, and trace amounts of calcium and magnesium.
Read More: Whats in Semen: Spit or Swallow?
Masturbation can be a very satisfying substitute for sexual intercourse which relieves tension, exercises the body, stimulates the imagination, and keeps the sexual capacities alive. It can help people to learn about their genitals, sexuality and pleasure.
It is held in many mental health circles that masturbation can relieve depression and lead to higher self esteem. Masturbation can also be particularly useful in relationships where one partner wants more sex than the other, in which case masturbation provides a balancing effect and thus a more harmonious relationship.
Both from the standpoint of avoiding unwanted pregnancy and that of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases, masturbation is the safest of sexual practices. There is no credible scientific or medical evidence that manual masturbation is damaging to either one's mental or physical health. In fact, studies show that men have a lower rate of prostate cancer if they ejaculate regularly.
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