So, my friends, as the end of the semester quickly approaches, my work ethic tapers off and holding a suddent fear of not being able to write what I choose, I decided I would stop making you depressed about sex.
For the most part my entries have been nothing but statistics that make you never want to step foot in a bedroom with someone else, but I am here to show you that there are benefits to getting down and dirty.
According to Web MD, a credible site on the world wide web, there are 10 suprising health benefits of sex.
1. Sex relieves sex. Well, duh. But, according to a survey done by researches in Scotland who studied 22 men and 24 women, sex lowers blood pressure and stress reduction.
However, on the same token, as college students, sex often becomes one of the biggest stress factors. We let it take over our school work and other relationships.
2. Sex boosts immunity. Having sex multiple times a week has been connected to an antibody called immunogobulin A, which can protect you from getting a cold or other infection.
Who would have thought that it's not an apple a day that keeps but the doctor away, but sex instead?
3. Sex burns calories. Having sex for a half an hour can burn 85 calories or more.
For every college girl who worries about her weight, this is enough said.
4. Sex improves cardiovascular health. Researches found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of a heart attack in men, compared to men who had sex less than once a month.
While as college students we're not particularly worried about our heart health, it's good to keep in mind. Even let the 'rents know.
5. Sex boosts self-esteem. Boosting self-esteem is one of the 237 reasons people have sex found in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. "One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves," says Gina Ogden, PhD.
This is a great benefit, but be careful that you don't believe it is the one thing a partner likes about you. In the end, that can end up lowering your self-esteem.
6. Sex improves intimacy. When having sex or orgasming, the level of the hormone oxytocin, the "love" hormone, the one that helps us build trust and bond, increases.
That doesn't mean a one night stand is love.
7. Sex reduces pain. As oxytocin increases, so do endorphins and pain decreases. Sex has been known to subside headaches and even PMS pains.
Not too bad. Not too bad, at all.
8. Sex reduces prostate cancer risks. Australian researchers have found that frequent ejaculations of men in their 20's can greatly reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life.
Good news, ladies and gents.
9. Sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles. Women: while having sex if you do a basic exercise move called a Kegel, which is tightening your pelvic muscles, it can increase pleasure as well as decrease the risk of incontinence, or failure of sexual appetite, later in life.
So ladies, get to your Kegels!
10. Sex helps you sleep better. According to research, the release of oxytocin helps you sleep better.
Looks like oxytocin is my new favorite hormone.
Sex may not always bring happiness or necessarily love, but with years of research to back it up, we know that in the long run it will increase health. So, as always, be safe, but remember, having sex isn't always a bad decision.