7 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex You Never Knew About

Maya Allen
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Studies show that are several ways sex can lead to improved wellness. From boosting your immune system, lowering blood pressure, contributing to more restful sleep, and increasing your heart rate—having sex regularly ultimately leads to a happier and healthier life. Sex also has some serious anti-ageing benefits. Take this recent study from Psychoneuroendocrinology as proof that women who have sex regularly have a longer telomere span—telemores are caps at the end of your DNA strands that control how your cells age and protect your chromosomes. Another study done by researchers at Coventry University and Oxford University found that frequent sex can in turn boost brain power in older adults. The study proved that participants who were having sex regularly scored higher on tests. 

We wanted to call on sex expert and author of Sex That Works: An Intimate Guide to Awakening Your Erotic Life, Wendy Strgar, to give us the real deal on the benefits of sex. Before understanding the benefits, Strgar believes to have the best sex you deserve, you must define the true meaning of “good sex.” “When you’re having good sex, you’re responsible for your sexual needs and have no problem asking for them,” she says. “Your sexual desires need to be responded to in a respectful way by a partner who cares about you. There’s a ton of sex that happens when people are just trying to prove something. When you give up trying to prove something, there’s space to really feel what it’s like to be sensual with someone. Your body will then become a symphony of sensation.” Read on for the amazing things that’ll happen when you experience good sex.

Looking for an easy way to improve your sex life? Up next, find out how to rejuvenate your love life by doing almost nothing.

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