Ambardar says touching and hugging can release your body's natural “feel-good hormone.” Sexual arousal releases a brain chemical that revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward system.Sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem and happiness, too, Ambardar says.
Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. “One landmark study found that sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure.” That's the first number on your blood pressure test.Before you reach for an aspirin, try for an orgasm. Komisaruk, Ph D, a distinguished service professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.It releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold. “We’ve found that vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain, and many women have told us that genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headache,” Komisaruk says.Going for the gusto may help ward off prostate cancer.Men who ejaculated frequently (at least 21 times a month) were less likely to get prostate cancer during one study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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