So we all know that we like sex. That it can be fun and adventurous, make us feel more closely connected to our partner, bring out a wild side we didn't know existed and so on, but get this: It's physically healthy for you.
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Sex can help you shed pounds
Say you have a few pounds to lose but can't bear the thought of abandoning your love affair with nachos. Sex may be an option! While it may not produce the same kind of weight loss or muscle toning as traditional cardio, you will burn 170 calories per hour -- about a pound after 21 hour-long sessions.
Sex strengthens your bond
Oxytocin is also known as the "love hormone" because it helps us build trust and bond with one other, so naturally, the more sex a couple has, the more intimacy is built. It also has been linked with a feeling of generosity, so you can thank oxytocin for that bouquet of flowers or breakfast in bed you recently got.
Sex makes you feel hot!
A core component of great sex is good self-esteem. And when your self-esteem is healthy and you have sex, your self image is boosted even higher. By allowing yourself to be uniquely and beautifully you, and appreciated for that, you wind up feeling wonderful and confident from the inside out.
Sex lowers cancer risk
We love our guys, so let's love their prostates, too, by letting them get off more often. Studies show that men in their 20s who ejaculate five or more times a week reduce their risk of getting prostate cancer by a third, whereas older men reporting 21 or more ejaculations per month lowered theirs. And for us gals, more sex has been shown to decrease risk of breast cancer.
Sex produces more sperm
In several studies, men who had frequent intercourse had higher volumes of semen, higher sperm counts and higher percentages of healthier sperm than men having less sex. And his good semen is good for you in that, when absorbed, it can combat depression, boost your energy and even aid in easier baby deliveries.
Bonus: Do your kegels -- you know, tense those muscles you can squeeze to stop the flow of your pee. Not only is it true what "they" say about strong pelvic floor muscles leading to more satisfying sex, but if you want to avoid wearing diapers in your old age, they may be just what you need to keep you in your thongs.
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