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Benefits of Sex

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 sex all over the world. When the pandemic hit it forced a lot of businesses to close, a lot 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 were quite stunning.

  • About 43% of people had a worsening or a decline in sexual intercourse.
  • About 28% increase in solo masturbation.
  • Increase in desire but no increase in sexual intercourse.
  • 32% of people that had planned on having children abandoned the idea. 
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8254666/

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. Which makes sense because people were not sure about the effects of covid 19 on newborns and pregnant women. 

Health benefits of sex

According to the American Sexual Health Association, being sexually healthy means :

  • Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior.
  • Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
  • Being able to communicate about sexual health with others including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
  • Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.
  • http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/sexual-health/

Headache relief

One observational study that 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 experience with sexual activity during an attack; out of these patients, 60% reported an improvement of their migraine attack.
  • In cluster headache, 31% of the patients had experience with sexual activity during an attack; out of these patients, 37% reported an improvement of their cluster headache attack (91% of them reported moderate to complete relief)
  • Researchers concluded that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients.
  • https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0333102413476374

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

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.

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. In this functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, we examined fifteen individuals in the first nine months of a new, romantic relationship.
  • Greater analgesia while viewing pictures of a 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 – regions 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.
  • https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0013309 

Makes you happy 

One study we looked at examined how long does the post-sex glow lasts.

  • 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 satisfaction 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.
  • https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0956797617691361 

Porn

It has been reported that porn addiction has been on the rise 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 a real thing for 5-8% of men. 

What is porn addiction?

  • 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 personal 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.
  • https://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/04/pornography 

Effects of addiction

The purpose of one study was to examine the relationships between men’s pornography use, both frequency, and problematic use, on their heterosexual female partner’s psychological and relational well-being among 308 young adult college women.

  • Results revealed women’s reports of their male partner’s frequency of pornography use were negatively associated with their relationship quality. More perceptions of problematic use of pornography was negatively correlated with self-esteem, relationship quality, and sexual satisfaction. In addition, self-esteem partially mediated the relationship between perceptions of partner’s problematic pornography use and relationship quality.
  • https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11199-012-0164-0 

 

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