Sex is often associated with stress relief and cardiovascular health. There are also many other, smaller-scale health benefits that are believed to come from the neurotransmitters released during the deed. Now, before you go jumping into bed for health's sake, there is one important point you should understand. "When you say, does sexual activity improve health? You have to realize that healthier people tend to have more sex," says Dr. Mohit Khera, an associate professor of urology at Baylor College of Medicine. Many medical professionals actually look at a man's down-there function as an indicator of his overall health, especially his cardiovascular health. So, there is a bit of uncertainty regarding whether sex makes men healthier or if men who are having a lot of sex already possess the supposed health benefits. Now that you're aware of this cause-effect conundrum, read on to see what how more time between the sheets might do you some good.
Oxytocin is associated with love because it's released during activities like hugging, touching, and orgasm. In these situations, oxytocin can help foster feelings of attachment. Afterwards, feelings may linger but the oxytocin quickly dwindles. "The release of oxytocin is very small and transient," says Khera. "It's a surge – a burst – of oxytocin, then it goes back down." Longer lasting amounts may seem more desirable but synthetic doses of oxytocin have been shown to amplify both positive and negative feelings and perceptions people have about others.
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