Why sex is good for health

General energy boost, feeling of rejuvenation, better health: sexual pleasure acts as a natural remedy and libido prolongs life. Explanations.


  1. The hug hormone
  2. Men also concerned
  3. The needs of the heart
  4. Maintain the attraction
  5. Balance through creativity

Numerous studies confirm this: desire, this life drive contributes to our longevity. Simply because the pleasure of making love makes you happy, and the state of felicity is excellent for the immune system. Physical pleasure, a source of energy, promotes better hormonal balance. The explosion of endorphins in the brain at the time of orgasm creates this feeling of euphoria, then of well-being: calm, reduction of stress and anxiety and restful sleep.

The hug hormone

The hormone that puts us in this state and makes us addicted to each other is oxytocin. Boosted by caresses and kisses, it reaches its maximum in the blood at the time of orgasm. Well known for inducing childbirth and developing mother-child attachment, oxytocin also plays a role in protecting against breast cancer. Released by stimulation of the nipples during sexual intercourse, it would help to eliminate carcinogenic elements from the mammary glands. “A study has shown that women whose breasts are regularly caressed during sexual intercourse are better protected from breast cancer, explains Sylvain Mimoun, gynecologist, and sex therapist. Making love boosts general and local circulation. Regular sex thus lowers the risk of inflammatory phenomena that form the bed of cancer and cardiovascular disease. In case of abstinence, it is therefore advisable to cuddle. ”

Men also concerned

“On the male side, an American study, carried out on 30,000 men and confirmed by an Australian study, shows that frequent ejaculations lower the risk of prostate cancer”, explains Frédéric Saldmann, cardiologist, nutritionist and author of La Vie et le time(I read, “Pocket”). The statistics are more than precise: from twelve monthly ejaculations prevention becomes significant and twenty-one ejaculations per month reduce this risk by a third. Indeed, the prostate massage performed during intercourse and the emission of sperm would help to eliminate carcinogenic cells. And it would also reduce the microcalcifications that build up in the prostate. Again, studies point out that in the absence of sex, masturbation protects the prostate.

The needs of the heart

The idea that sexual activity is dangerous for the heart is trapped. On the contrary. In women it is abstinence, but also dissatisfaction which would increase the risks of myocardial infarction. In men, according to a study from the University of Bristol, the risk of cardiovascular mortality is halved for lovers of sexual pleasure. Excellent physical exercise, sexual activity increases the heart rate, eliminates toxins through sweat and tones the muscles.

But is it really necessary to count the sexual exchanges, to ensure health and longevity? “You can have a sad, purely electric orgasm without any feeling of fullness and fulfillment,” deplores Alain Héril , psychotherapist and sex therapist. What makes the alchemy of a fulfilled sexuality is not the quantity, but the quality of our exchanges. Sexuality which balances body and mind is above all a matter of desire. “And it is this desire, sexual or not, that is fundamentally restorative,” insists the psychotherapist.


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