November is National Sexual Health Month. What does that mean for you? It could mean any number of things, because sexual health is a broad topic encompassing a wide number of conditions, diseases, disorders and diagnoses.
It’s about safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases. That can include the less serious diagnosis of genital warts, to Chlamydia and gonorrhea. It can also mean more serious conditions like HIV and AIDS.
For men, sexual health can be about bout sexual dysfunction, which includes topics like premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, sexual dysphoria and gender dysphoria.
For women sexual health can be about pregnancy. It can be about the ovaries, the uterus or the vagina. It’s about menstruation and menopause. It’s also about sexual pleasure and sexual disinterest.
The list goes on and on, but by no means is it all negative or despairing! There’s plenty of good news to go around. You probably already know about Royal Velvet and how it can boost the libido in both men and women. You’ve also probably read about its benefits for sufferers of erectile dysfunction and dysmenorrhea. So in our inaugural blog for National Sexual Health Month, we want to keep it upbeat and talk about the often unsung benefits of sex.
Sex Burns Calories
It’s not as efficient as using the Stair-Master or running in a marathon, but having sex for 15 to 30 minutes burns an average of anywhere between 50 to 100 calories. It goes without saying that it’s possible to burn even more calories---that all depends on you! We’re not suggesting sex should be regarded solely as a callisthenic exercise, but giving it the credit it deserves, it still remains one of many ways to be physically active.
Sex is Good for your Health
In the Journal of the American Medical Association researchers noted a strong connection between men who regularly ejaculated and lower risks of prostate cancer. Sex also stimulates the production of endorphins in the body and researchers have noted that increased endorphin levels helped people better manage pain. People who engaged in regular sexual activity also report higher levels of confidence and better coping skills in stress management.
Heart Healthy Sex
The lower number of your blood pressure is called the diastolic reading, and for people who have sex more often, that number tends to be lower compared to people who are less sexually active.
Sex doesn’t always solve problems in a relationship, but researchers have noted an interesting correlation between intimacy, affection and sexual intercourse. Couples who regularly engage in sex report stronger feelings of empathy, generosity and trust toward their respective partners.
Sex means you’re Human.
Lastly, and most importantly, having a desire in sex is a normal biological, psychological and social urge. Each culture has different notions of what is acceptable and what is normal, but remember that there is no universally agreed upon measure of what constitutes a normal healthy level of sex.
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