Benefits of Sex
In this episode, we will talk about no nut November and if it is something we should practice. We’re all adults here, so we can admit that sex is great. It’s something that everyone has the urge to do, it’s programmed in nature, and it’s in our genes to procreate. It’s something that we do to keep our species going.
Sex During the Pandemic
We took a look at how the pandemic has impacted no nut November and sex worldwide. When the pandemic hit, it forced many businesses to close; many of those businesses were where people went to socialize, so one can hypothesize that there would be a decline in sex .
We looked at a meta-analysis that included a review of 34 articles from 18 countries, and their finding was quite stunning.
- About 43% of people had a worsening or a decline in sexual intercourse.
- A 28% increase in solo masturbation has been reported.
- Increase in desire but no increase in sexual intercourse.
- 32% of people that had planned on having children abandoned the idea.
We also took at birth trends from March 2019 to 2020, and there was a decline of 0.91%, about 1.5 million less than the prior year. It makes sense because people were not sure about the effects of Covid-19 on newborns and pregnant women .
The Health Benefits of Sex
According to the American Sexual Health Association, being sexually healthy means :
- Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life involves more than sexual behavior.
- It is being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
- It is about being to communicate about sexual health with others, including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
- Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.
1. Headache relief
One observational study looked at 800 migraine patients and 200 cluster headache patients, asking for experience with sexual activity during a headache attack .
In total, 38% of the migraine patients and 48% of the patients with cluster headaches responded. In migraine, 34% of the patients had experienced sexual activity during an attack. Out of these patients, 60% reported an improvement in their migraine attacks.
In cluster headache, 31% of the patients had experienced sexual activity during an attack. Out of these patients, 37% reported an improvement in their cluster headache attack. 91% of them reported moderate to complete relief.
Researchers concluded that sexual activity could lead to partial or complete relief in some migraine. It can also help a few cluster headache patients.
2. Good cardiovascular exercise
The objective of this study was to determine energy expenditure in kilocalories (kcal) during sexual activity in young, healthy couples in their natural environment.
- The energy expenditure and intensity during the 30 min exercise session in men were 276 kCal or 9.2 kCal/min and 8.5 METS, respectively, and in women, 213 kCal or 7.1 kCal/min 8.4 METS, respectively.
Just like any physical activity, healthy sex is good for your heart. A study published in January 2015 in the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who had sex twice weekly or more had less risk of cardiovascular diseases, like stroke or heart attack than those who had sex once a month or less .
3. Helps with menstrual cramps
One study took a look at if there is any benefit of sex for menstruating women.
- We hypothesized that pain relief evoked by viewing pictures of a romantic partner would be associated with neural activations in reward-processing centers. This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study examined fifteen individuals in the first nine months of a new, romantic relationship.
- Greater analgesia while viewing pictures of a person’s romantic partner was associated with increased activity in several reward-processing regions, including the caudate head, nucleus accumbens, lateral orbitofrontal cortex, amygdala, and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex – areas not associated with distraction-induced analgesia. The results suggest that the activation of neural reward systems via non-pharmacologic means can reduce the experience of pain .
4. It makes you happy
One study we looked at examined how long does the post-sex glow last.
- We explored how long sexual satisfaction would remain elevated following sex and predicted that stronger sexual afterglow would characterize more satisfying partnerships.
- 214 couples were surveyed
- Spouses reported their daily sexual activity and sexual satisfaction for 14 days and their marital satisfaction at baseline and 4 or 6 months later. Results demonstrated that sexual pleasure remained elevated approximately 48 hr after sex, and spouses experiencing a stronger afterglow reported higher levels of marital satisfaction both at baseline and over time .
Effects of Porn
It has been reported that porn addiction has risen here in the US. The internet is vastly used. The ease of access to any search puts almost no limitation on what you can view. Porn addiction has become natural for 5-8% of men.
What is Porn Addiction?
Thanks to the internet, everyone has access to porn sites these days. If you are addicted to porn or have a developing porn addiction, you should watch out for the warning signs and seek help before it’s too late .
- People addicted to porn spend at least 11 to 12 hours per week viewing porn.
- Most people who have a porn addiction say that porn hurts their relationships.
- Many conditions co-occur with porn addiction, including anxiety, depression, sex addiction, social anxiety, and substance use disorders.
- The prognosis for porn addiction is good with cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling.
Effects of Porn Addiction
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0:00 Cup of Nurses Intro
1:45 Episode Introduction
4:00 Sex During the Pandemic
8:03 Health Benefits of Sex
10:24 Headache Relief
13:49 Good Cardiovascular Exercise
15:40 Helps With Menstrual Cramps
17:23 Makes you happy
20:57 What is Porn Addiction
25:15 Effects of Addiction