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.
Sex is a one of the best ways to calm yourself because it combines many different activities that have been linked to stress reduction. These include deep breathing, physical activity, and touch. The partner makes all the difference. Studies have shown that people who have had sex with a partner maintain steadier heart rates during stressful situations that occur as much as two weeks later. These people also bounce back faster than abstainers after being stressed. Neither of those advantages are seen with masturbation.
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