Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Gender and Well-Being: Live Longer, Have Less Stress with More Sex

In an article in THE INDEPENDENT July 1, 2008 by Brit Dan Roberts, making love, being touched and even getting regular hugs from a loved one was found to not only make you feel good but boost your immune system and can even reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancers. So could sex save your life? Here are the main points of the article:
  • A US study carried out in 2000 found that 32 per cent of the 1,866 female respondents who reported masturbating in the previous three months did so to help them sleep.
  • A study in the journal Biological Psychology revealed that people under stress have better responses to stressful scenarios if they have engaged in intercourse vs. other sexual behaviours or abstained altogether.
  • "A great deal of research has shown that touch has a naturally calming effect on human beings, whether it's linked to sex or not. Of course, being touched by someone you care about will double the calming effect." (Julia Cole)
  • Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibodies that boost your general well-being and immune system. "We know that when you're feeling good about yourself your body fights off illness and disease better – so the healthier we are psychologically and emotionally, the healthier we are physically." (Psychosexual therapist Paula Hall).
  • Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology International that men who had at least five or more ejaculations weekly during their twenties reduced their risk of getting prostate cancer by a third.
  • Research in France found higher risk of breast cancer in those women without sexual partner or who had sex less than once a month.
  • Having sex and orgasms is a key part of improving intimacy and ensuring a healthy long-term relationship – which has been linked to a longer lifespan in a number of studies.

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