Boston Medical Group, a national physician network specializing in the
treatment of erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, today
released the top ten reasons regular sexual activity can help improve
men’s overall health. From decreased blood pressure to more restful
sleep, sexual activity is essential for maintaining bodily functions as
well as overall health and well-being.
“It’s a well-known stereotype that men don’t need more reasons to have
sex, but it’s important to remember that regular sexual activity is more
than recreational – good sexual health is vital to a man’s overall
physical, psychological and emotional health,” said Dr. Barry Buffman, a
physician at Boston Medical Group. “Sex can benefit everything from a
man’s short term mood, to longer term issues like cardiovascular health
and the reduced risk of prostate cancer.”
The full list of health benefits includes:
Use it or lose it – Just as men need regular physical
activity to stay healthy and fit, exercising the penis, by achieving
erections, is key to maintaining a long and healthy sex life into the
golden years. Men who don’t regularly engage in sexual activity are at
a greater risk for penile atrophy down the road. Dr. Buffman
recommends exercising the penis at least three times a week as a way
to help ward off erectile dysfunction or other sexual health issues
later in life.
Cancer Prevention – A number of studies show that men
who ejaculate on a regular basis are more than 30% less likely to
develop prostate cancer. Regular ejaculations help flush
out the prostate, which may help curb the development of prostate
Calorie Burn – While sex alone may not be enough to
create washboard abs, intercourse definitely gets the blood pumping,
raising the heart rate and burning calories. In addition, most men
find time between the sheets much more enjoyable than a run on the
Strength Training – In addition to burning calories, sex
aids in testosterone production, which can strengthen bones and
muscles. Low testosterone levels can result in a number of side
effects including decreased libido, fatigue, and depression, among
Improved Cardiovascular Health – A study from Queens
University shows that men who have sex more than three times a week
can substantially reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke.
Sex has also been shown to lower blood pressure, which accounts for
the overall positive impact on cardiovascular health.
Stress Relief – Healthy sexual function has been shown
to positively affect stress levels and overall well-being. Various
study participants have been shown to have a smaller rise in blood
pressure during stressful situations after sex, as compared with other
test subjects. In addition, sex releases feel-good
endorphins that lower anxiety.
Boosting Your Immunity – Everyone is looking for ways to
keep their immune system up during this flu season – one that promises
to be one of the worst in years. What people may not realize is that
successful, regular sexual intercourse is associated with an increased
level of immunity.
Improved Intimacy – Right before orgasm, levels of the
hormone oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the “love hormone,” surge
to five times their normal level. Oxytocin has also been linked to an
increased feeling of generosity, and is known to act as a
neurotransmitter in the brain, building trust and helping to
Pain relief – In addition to bonding you with your
partner, oxytocin causes the release of endorphins, which alleviate
pain associated with common problems like headache or arthritis, so
men can hop in the sack and forgo the Advil.
Better sleep – Oxytocin may sound like the new
wonder-drug when you consider that research has also shown that the
increased levels of the hormone, released during orgasm, promote deep
sleep. Getting a restful night of sleep has been associated with a
number of other health benefits, such as maintaining a healthy weight
and blood pressure.
While regular sexual activity goes a long way towards promoting overall
health and well-being in men, problems in the bedroom can be a warning
that men should not ignore. “The penis can serve as a barometer of
health of what is going on in the rest of a man’s body,” continued Dr.
Buffman. “While erectile dysfunction is often the result of conditions
such as diabetes or impaired circulation, its presence may potentially
signal an impending event, such as a stroke or heart attack. That’s why
it’s so important to seek early treatment for ED.”