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 can do more than make you feel attached to your partner. It may have additional benefits in the pain relief department (it's one of the hormones released during labor, after all). Right now research is underway to see whether oxytocin nasal sprays can help quell headaches. Studies have also shown that oxytocin may accelerate wound healing, which is supported by the finding that women who have C-sections are found to suffer from less chronic pain than those who've undergone hysterectomies.
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