The Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life for Womenby Eileen Bailey Health Writer
Ah, the joys of sex. It can make you feel closer to your partner and increase your feelings of well-being. But did you know sex has health and emotional benefits outside of your relationship as well? Job satisfaction and lower blood pressure are just a few of the benefits of a healthy sex life. Read on for more.
Sex the night before helps you be more productive and happy at work
Married couples report having a higher level of job satisfaction and are more engaged in their work the day after having sex, according to a study completed at Oregon State University. Sex is a natural mood enhancer; it makes you feel good as it is happening, but researchers also found this effect lasted for at least 24 hours, giving you not just a good night but a good next day as well.
Sex helps reduce headaches
You react better to stressful situations
Stress can raise your blood pressure, but one study found that those who had vaginal intercourse were less likely to have blood pressure spikes because of a stressful situation than those who had other types of sexual activity or no sex at all.
Sex improves analytical thinking
When you think of love, you think in the long-term, which leads to creative thought. When your mind is on sex, you have more concrete thoughts, enhancing your analytical thought process. You don’t even need to have sex to take advantage of this benefit — just thinking about sex will shift your thinking to an analytical state, according to study published in 2009.
Sex improves your overall well-being
Sex makes you happier. People who have sex regularly report being happier than those who do not. One study found that well-being was higher in people who had sex at least once a week. More frequent sex did not significantly increase happiness, but having sex less than once a week did indicate less satisfaction with life.