Pictures Slideshow: Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor on Monday, October 17, 2011

There are many surprising health benefits of sex such as relieving stress, boosting your immunity, and more.

One of the benefits of sex is stress release.

Sexual intercourse has been associated with lowering diastolic blood pressure.

Sex can help boost the immune system.

Sex as a form of exercise can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and balance, not to mention your emotional health.

Sex burns calories and helps lose pounds.

Sex is good for your heart health.

Sex can raise your self-esteem.

Sex strengthens your overall sense of well-being.

Sex improves intimacy with your partner.

Sex can help reduce the pain from conditions like headaches, arthritis, and more.

Oxytocin or the love hormone can lower pain perception.

Frequent ejaculations may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Kegel exercises improve pelvic floor muscles in women, which makes sex more pleasurable.

Kegel exercises have a number of proven health benefits in addition to making sex more enjoyable.

Sex helps promote better sleep.

The physical exercise component of sex can also help you relax and sleep better.

Take note that sex is good for you in ways you may never have imagined and that the health benefits extend well beyond the bedroom.

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