A Bone A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
01.11.2017 | Health Source: @swallow

A Bone A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Have sex, be healthy.

Now, I have total respect for people who decide to wait until marriage or someone special to have sex for the first time -- what I don't have respect for is when they, or other people, slut shame those who do have sex frequently. What better way to make them back off than to throw the health benefits in their face?

If anyone ever tells you that you're having too much sex, you'll have some very reasonable comebacks, such as:

Sex helps your immune system.
One study says that people who had sex once or twice a week had better immune systems -- in science terms, they had higher levels of antibodies, which fend off sicknesses. Unfortunately, if you're having sex with two different people every week... that probably ups your chances of getting an STI.

Even if you're not up for being committed to one person, maybe limit yourself to only a couple different booty calls (preferably people you've had a conversation with about STI status, but I know that's not something that's always brought up in casual relationships). And condoms, always.

It can help boost your libido.
You know the saying: The more sex you have, the more sex you want. There's truth in that, especially for women (though I'm sure there's some truth in it for men as well).

For women, desire isn't something that always comes naturally. I didn't particularly want or need sex until I'd had it for the first time, and according to sex therapist Colette Malan, that is really common in women. You need to have a good amount of 'sex hormones' to feel in the mood, and sex increases those hormones.

While you shouldn't force yourself to have sex when you feel like it's a chore, you should try doing it even when you're not 100 percent in the mood. It might benefit you in the end.

The pelvic floor is important - and sex makes it stronger.
Ladies, this means that you'll be able to hold your pee longer. Seriously. I've always hated waiting in the long ladies room line up at events... maybe more sex is the answer to my woes?

Based on this article, I believe that the strengthening happens during orgasm because of the contractions that an orgasm causes. Not all sex will make the pelvic floor stronger, but when orgasms happen, it does.

For the guys - more sex may help ward off prostate cancer.
Now this isn't a sure thing, but one study did find that men who ejaculated 21+ times per month were less likely to get prostate cancer. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) ejaculation doesn't have to occur during intercourse to count in this case. Masturbation and nocturnal emission count too.

Since there are lots of factors affecting cancer risk, this can't be fully proven -- but what's the harm in rubbing one out for the sake of potentially lowering your risk of getting prostate cancer?

Sex does burn a pretty decent amount of calories.
There are so many different numbers for this all over the Internet. The Daily Mail says that men burn 120 calories per half hour while having sex and women burn 90. Women's Day claims that you can burn 144+ calories per half hour. WebMD cites five calories per minute -- 150 calories per half hour.

Honestly though, who the hell cares about the numbers? Even if you're not burning as many calories as you would on the treadmill, you're still burning them. Sex is exercise and definitely better than sitting on the couch eating chips and watching TV.

Now, I would include that sex boosts self-esteem, but that's a really complex topic. It's too complex for me to really examine, and I haven't found an article that explains it all that well.

What I can say on this topic is my personal opinion -- having sex has boosted my self-esteem and sexual confidence. But, I'm having sex with nice guys who compliment me and gently explain things when I don't have a clue what I'm doing.

I hope you now have the ammunition to fight that battle against haters of the promiscuous, or against your mom when she finds out that you've had sex on her couch more than a few times when she was out for brunch. Just tell her it was for your overall health... she might go for it.