The Journal of Sexual Medicine, in a study, shows that one in four men at an outpatient clinic who sought help for erectile dysfunction (a condition where a man has a problem having or maintaining an erection) was actually under the age of 40, with half of those men (48.8 percent) having a severe case of the sexual condition, compared with 40 percent of men older than age 40.

New research based on a study conducted with over 1,000 men shows that those who have sex at least twice a week can almost halve their risk of heart disease.

Sexual intercourse may be a marker for a healthy heart because sex can be a form of intense physical activity which, like exercise, gives your heart a workout and emotional benefits too.

People who have a desire for frequent sex and are able to do so are likely healthier overall, especially because men who have regular sex may also be in a supportive relationship, which offers stress reduction and emotional benefits.

The medical world is finding that regular sex is so good for you that when you go to see a doctor, they are asking many questions about your sex life to give them an indication of your overall health.

Sex can also help women have a more predictable period schedule as a result of being exposed to male pheromones. Sex can even reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol!

These are other good health results that a good sex life can give you. They include:

  • Fewer colds because of an increase in immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights infection
  • Women can get more predictable periods because of exposure to male pheromones
  • A better physical response to stress lowers blood pressure, which lowers your risk of heart disease
  • Lowers your bad cholesterol and increases your good cholesterol
  • Helps tone your abdomen, gluts and pretty much any muscle in your body
  • Natural increases in estrogen improve the appearance of your hair, skin and nails
  • Improves your memory because blood flow increases to your brain
  • Increased feelings of motivation because of the release of endorphins

As you can see, a good sex life is one way to stay happy, healthy and fit. So, if your doctor starts grilling you about your bedroom habits, now at least you know why.

Sex has also been found to boost self-esteem and improve intimacy in your relationship. This is because sex and orgasms result in increased levels of the hormone oxytocin – the “love” hormone – which helps you to feel bonded to your partner.

As oxytocin increases, so does the hormone known as endorphins, which in turn lessens feelings of pain related to everything – from headaches and arthritis to symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, PMS. It can also help you to get a better night’s sleep.

Further, for women, having sex can help strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor (the same ones used to stop urination). As you age, having strong pelvic floor muscles reduces your risk of incontinence.

The benefits listed above are, of course, assuming you’re having sex with a mutually monogamous partner; otherwise, you risk having sexually transmitted diseases.

Sexual pleasure begins in your brain

Your brain and nervous system control your sex glands and genitals, and this is why they also control your sexual desire, as well as orgasms; explaining why visual images trigger sexual desire in both sexes.

Your brain stem also emits nerve impulses that control erectile function. These nerve impulses navigate through the erection centre of your spinal column to the erectile tissue of your penis, where they trigger a chain reaction in the membranes of your vascular muscle cells. This sophisticated chain reaction is dependent on a messenger molecule called cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP.

However, this works in reverse as well. An erection softens as soon as another enzyme called phosphodiesterase starts to degrade the cGMP molecules.

Drugs like Viagra, Levitra and Cialis work by inhibiting phosphodiesterase, which may help maintain your erection. But these pills will not create an erection in themselves. Your initial erection still has to be triggered psychologically by yourself, which means that without that initial impetus, potency pills will have no effect whatsoever.

This is also why these pills are ineffective for many men who take them, hoping for a magic jack-in-the box effect.

As you might suspect, because your sexuality is so intimately tied to your mind, anxiety, defensiveness, fear, and failure of communication are all destructive psychological forces that can take a heavy toll on your libido, whether you’re a man or a woman, by acting as road blocks to your desire.

According to Prof. Gert Holstege of the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, “Fear and anxiety need to be avoided at all costs if a woman wishes to have an orgasm.”

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