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.
A lot of the lauded health benefits of sexual activity may actually stem from the fact that healthy people generally do it more. Still, the value of maintaining a good sex life when you're in an intimate relationship is undeniable. "Clearly, the best, most beneficial effect [from sex] is the enhancement of the quality of the relationship. That is truly a huge impact that it can have," says Khera. A healthy sex life can provide both partners with enhanced relaxation, a self-esteem boost, and more intimate feelings toward each other. All of those can add up to a stronger and more supportive relationship, which confers significant health benefits all its own.
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