Health Benefits of Regular Masturbation and Sex

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On average, people have sex 127 times per year according to a leading brand in condom manufacturing. The surprising thing is that 75% of those respondents are happy with their sex lives. According to statistics, European countries are more sexually active than others. Despite these numbers, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to sexual activities.

For instance, masturbation and sex remain taboo in most households. Whether because of parents’ lack of knowledge on how to talk about it openly or because of cultural restrictions; these things become a source of problems for people. In the latest WHO numbers, they have found out that ages 15-24 are most vulnerable to STDs. With the right knowledge, you will find out that these activities can also bring health benefits when done the right way.

Defining Masturbation and Sex

Masturbation refers to the act of sexual stimulation (usually to the point of reaching the climax) using manual method or with the aid of other foreign objects. Sex better known as coitus, copulation or intercourse is defined as the penetration of the male penis to the female vagina for sexual pleasure and/or for reproduction.

Benefits of Having Sex

1.        Decreases Anxiety

According to the latest findings by PLos One in 2010, it was found that rodents and humans showed significantly lower levels of anxious behaviors after having sex. 24 men and 22 women were used in this study to test the co-relation of anxious behaviors to sex. The respondents were made to solve arithmetic problems and deliver a speech publicly both with and without sex. Test subjects who had sex showed lower blood pressure than those who didn’t. Simply put, this shows that people can stay more collected when they have sex.

2.        Better Mood

It is not a secret that happiness and quality sex go hand in hand. According to a survey made by The American Economic Review, women with intimate relationships made it to the top of the results of happy individuals. In addition to this data, the quality of sex matters too. It was also found that men who paid for sex or those who cheated on their significant others were less happy.

3.        Better Immune System

Despite the risks brought by STDs, it is possible to have better immunity when individuals perform regular sexual activities. According to a 1999 paper made by Eastern Psychological Association Convention, it was found that undergrads having sex once to twice a week have higher levels of antibody immunoglobulin A on their saliva and mucosal linings. IgA is  the body’s first line of defense against disease.

A hypothesis states that having sex can expose individuals to other people’s bugs which can ultimately trigger better immune system for sexually active individuals.

4.        Soothe Painful Situations

In a study conducted in 1985, there is a noted increase in the pain threshold of women who experienced orgasms more often. Though the chemical responsible for this claim has not been isolated yet, there is a proven statistical basis for this. According to the study, the threshold kicks to 76% after orgasm from 36-40%.

Benefits of Masturbation

1.        Maintaining a Hard On

As you age, you don’t maintain your muscle tone anymore due to lowered testosterone levels. This can also have a tremendous effect on your penis. Masturbation 3-5 times a week can provide better rock solid results during actual sex.

2.        No More Premature Ejaculation

According to experts, masturbation one hour before a date can give better control getting more strokes before experiencing orgasm. But of course, practice will hone this skill. If you get off after 50 strokes, it is ideal that you aim for 60 when trying to practice on your own. These small tweaks can give you a better performance in bed.

3.        Prevent Prostate Cancer

Cancer can develop because the organ is not used as often as it should be. In 2003, an Australian study found out that men who ejaculated 5 times a week are less likely to develop prostate cancer. It is because of the cleansing power of semen being released together with toxins found in the urogenital tract.

Risks and Precautions

There are a lot of risks that you could face when you perform sexual intercourse and masturbation recklessly. These are a few ones that you may want to look into.

Masturbation may or may not involve foreign objects. These practices can cause abrasion to the surrounding organs especially when inserted to the oral, anal, or vaginal areas. For men on the other hand, frequent masturbation can cause trauma and severely bend or sustain penile fracture to the penis. Peyronie’s disease or inflammation of the connective tissues is also likely to happen.

For sexual practices done during pregnancy, these things may give trouble to the mother and also to the child. Sex whether or not during the early or latter part of the pregnancy can cause premature delivery. It is because of the semen’s prostaglandin that can naturally trigger contraction to the mother’s uterus. Stimulation of the nipples is also said to have the same effect.

It is also risky to have sex with people you barely know. When you practice safe sex wearing condoms, these things can prevent sexually transmitted diseases to some extent. Though not a hundred percent guarantee; this is the best available protection that we have today.

Final Thoughts on Sex and Masturbation

It is our nature to find pleasure on sexual acts. Whether masturbation or sexual intercourse; it is important to have balanced information about human sexuality. Instead of only showcasing the negative side of sexual acts, it is also important to know the health benefits that you can get from these types of activities.

 

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