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Women More Likely Than Men to Lose Interest In Sex

A recent study found that women lose interest in sex more quickly than men. The attributed this finding to a number of factors and took a deep dive into veracity of the researcher’s conclusion. What was not disputed were the benefits of sex, especially among couples.

Beyond the emotional benefits, you can also expect to gain a number of benefits from a healthy sex life. The first is improved immunity. People who have sex frequently (one or two times a week) have significantly higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA). Your IgA immune system is your body's first line of defense. One way sex leads to increased happiness among couples and boosts feelings of satisfaction with the relationship.

Men who made love regularly (at least twice a week) were 45 percent less likely to develop heart disease than those who did so once a month or less, according to research published in the American Journal of Cardiology. Sexual activity, and specifically intercourse, was also linked to better stress response and lower blood pressure.

Sex helps to boost your heart rate, burn calories and strengthen muscles, just like exercise. Research revealed that sex burns about four calories a minute for men and three for women, making it (at times) a “significant” form of exercise. It can even help you to maintain your flexibility and balance.

After sex, the relaxation-inducing hormone prolactin is released, which may help you to nod off more quickly. The "love hormone" oxytocin, released during orgasm, also promotes sleep, which may be especially beneficial if you prefer to be intimate right before bedtime.

If you don't have sex regularly, you can still reap many similar benefits from hugging and other forms of intimate contact. Like sex, hugging increases levels of oxytocin. This, in turn, may have beneficial effects on your heart health and more.


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