Being "in the mood" just might help your health.
How does a juicy sex life do a body good? Let's count the ways.
1. Less Stress, Better Blood Pressure
Having sex could lower your stress and your blood pressure.
People who had had intercourse responded better to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviours or abstained.
2. Sex Boosts Immunity
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or lgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.
3. Sex Burns Calories
Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up. 42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions.
4. Sex Improves Heart Health
Men who had sex two or more times a week were half as likely to have a fatal heart attack than men who had sex less than once a month.
And although some older folks may worry that sex could cause a stroke, the study found no link between how often men had sex and how likely they were to have a stroke.
5. Better Self-Esteem
Great sex begins with self-esteem. If the sex is good, connected, and what you want, it raises it.
Of course, you don't have to have lots of sex to feel good about yourself. But if you're already feeling good about yourself, a great sex life may help you feel even better.
6. Deeper Intimacy
Having sex and orgasms boosts levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps people bond and build trust.
Higher oxytocin levels have also been linked with a feeling of generosity.
7. Sex May Turn Down Pain
Oxytocin also boosts your body's painkillers, called endorphins. Headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms may improve after sex.
8. More Ejaculations May Make Prostate Cancer Less Likely
Men who had 21 or more ejaculations a month were less likely to get prostate cancer than those had four to seven ejaculations per month.
9. Stronger Pelvic Floor Muscles
For women, doing pelvic floor muscle excises called Kegels may mean more pleasure - and as a perk, less chance of incontinence later in life.
10. Better Sleep
The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep.
Getting enough sleep has also been linked with a host of other health benefits, such as a healthy weight and better blood pressure.