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Three Surprising Benefits of Having Sex

By Kai Wade - Director of Communications & Social Media | November 12th, 2014

Is sex healthy? Hitting the sheets ultimately can feel extraordinary, but it doesn’t stop there, it also builds your immune system. Does this mean doctors should be prescribing sex when you get the winter blues?

It can boost your immune system. Boost your immune system with bi-weekly sex sessions. Researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, indicated that having sex once or twice a week boosts the immune system — and found a 30 percent increase in immunoglobulin A (IgA) proteins of those who had sex once or twice a week. These proteins act as antibodies, binding to pathogens when they first enter the body and summoning the immune system to destroy them.

Boost for Men’s Health. Men who have sex three or more times a week cut their risk of suffering heart attack and stroke in half, according to researchers at Queens University in Belfast. A National Cancer Institute survey of 30,000 middle-aged men found that those who averaged 21 ejaculations a month showed a 33 percent lower risk of prostate cancer than those with 4 to 7 ejaculations a month.

Melt Her Pain Away. A woman’s orgasm can send a surge of oxytocin into her system — which in turn sends a mass of endorphins into the body, which can alleviate arthritis pain. Research also indicates that sex can lessen the aches associated with menstrual cramps.


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