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The Health Benefits of Sex
Sex can be amazing. From the time we are young, we have thoughts of sex. We may not fully understand them or even make sense of them until we get older, but it is an innate drive within all of us. Sex may be discovered early through masturbation as young as the age of 3 up to the age of 7 or older.
Sexual tendencies with others may be discovered through early experimentation in childhood friendships, close family relationships, especially through cousins or siblings. While these relationships are highly taboo, they are often misunderstood and so long as they may have only happened once, they are usually not remembered and certainly do not define the individual.
As we become teenagers growing into adulthood, we begin to become comfortable with the idea and practice of masturbating. Though some may do it only in private and never admit to it, it is a completely healthy function of every human being, male or female. Some people are actually so horrified by the idea of masturbation, thinking it is a sin, that they refuse to touch down there, besides to wash. Really, if it were a sin, God would have made our arms shorter. It is completely normal. If you have ever owned a pet bird, cat, dog, ferret, turtle, or other domesticated animal, you may catch them masturbating by rubbing against something every so often because it feels good. It is a relief that makes us all feel good, alleviated from our everyday stress for a temporary period, or even provides a comforting fantasy world. As we start to learn about ourselves and others, eventually dating others, we have the desire to have sexual relations with others.
Sex is treated as some mysterious force to be discovered when you are learning about it as you are growing up. As a teenager, you feel like everyone else is having it but you. Truth is, when you’re a teenager, there are a few others your age having it, but the majority wish they were having it too. Calm your hormones and continue your masturbatory sessions with yourself. When you discover what you like, you’ll know not to waste time when you’re with someone else, because you’ll know exactly what you like. You’ll come off as more experienced and knowledgable with sex. After all, it is your body. And really, you just don’t have time for someone else to figure out what you like, poking around and being awkward, so don’t be afraid to teach them how to do that thing you like.
As you get older, you begin to have mutual consented sex with other people that you hopefully trust. There are many different kinds of sexual relations, but there two types of primary feelings that we may have: Sex and Love. Having sex is a great act which will bring about great pleasure. Adding love into the mix of sex may be even more satisfying and bring about an even greater pleasure that cannot be explained or put into words. When you find someone to have sex with and you are in love with them and they are in love with you, the boundaries and passions of sex are completely uninhibited, unlimited, and unimaginable.
If you are in a healthy relationship and considering having sex, than by all means, have sex. It is actually very good for you and there are many benefits to having sex, including the understanding of the spirituality of sexuality and the intense practices of sexual healing.
Remember: Whether or not you are ready to bring another human being into this world, please have sex responsibly. Make sure you have the right protection in the form of birth control, condoms, or other contraceptives. Any rumors you heard such that a woman cannot get pregnant if you pull out or switch to an awkward position are completely false. It only takes one sperm – of the millions in each male ejaculation – to reach the cervix and once that happens, the magic of life has the chance to begin. Anyone can have sex and it could last less than a minute. But a child lasts a lifetime. Make sure you are ready to have sex and deal with the consequences. Be safe!
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The health benefits of sex
Sex is great in many ways. It not only allows us to get intimate with each other, but it also burns calories and releases a whole host of hormones that have a range of health benefits.
Makes you Happy – Orgasms release seratonin, endorphins, and oxytocin, all of which can help reduce the risk of depression.
Relieves headaches – The rush of endorphins can numb the pain from migraines.
Regular sex can boost a woman’s sense of smell by the release of the hormone prolactin.
People who have sex at least 3 times a week look 10 years younger than those who have sex twice a week.
Men who have sex at least twice a week are less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who have sex once a month or less.
Less than 1% of acute heart attacks are linked to sexual activity.
Sex can lower blood pressure as well as the stress response to stress-inducing tasks.
Mortality risk is 50% lower for men who have sex twice a week or more, compared to those who have sex once a month or less.
Women who have infrequent sex increase their risk of breast cancer.
Stronger immune system – People who have sex once or twice a week have three times as much immunoglobulin than those having infrequent or no sex.
For men and women, a slim waist is associated with more sex and sexual activity.
For women, frequent sex is associated with increased fertility.
Sex strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, which helps with urinary incontinence or erectile dysfunction.
Men who ejaculate at least 5 weeks are said to lessen their risk of prostate cancer.
Generosity – Oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, increases generosity between people who are emotionally engaged with each other.
Sex burns about 5 calories per minute, or generally between 50 to 150 calories.
Higher fitness levels are correlated with higher levels of sexual satisfaction.
Sex at least once a week lessens the frequency of menopausal hot flushes.
Sex not only makes you feel great, but keeps you fit, increase brain power, improve your heart rate, and help your body fight off diseases.
Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.