Written by Dr Becky Spelman, We-Vibe’s Relationship Expert
This month, We-Vibe® has teamed up with Movember to help change the face of men’s health and help men live happier, healthier, longer lives. We-Vibe wants to inspire men to speak about their physical, mental and sexual health with friends and partners and not shy away from the conversation. To support this, throughout the month of November, We-Vibe will be donating £5, to the Movember Foundation, from the sale of each We-Vibe ® Sync, We-Vibe ®Unite™, Pivot by We-Vibe™, Verge by We-Vibe™ and Ditto by We-Vibe™, sold via the We-Vibe website.
So what are the benefits of a happy and healthy sex life on our physical and mental health?
When most of us think about having sex, we consider the profound physical pleasure that it brings us. For the vast majority of people, sex feels great, and that is why we want to have it. It’s an evolutionary trick to make people keep having babies and perpetuate the species—although modern medicine has made it possible for us to trick nature back, and evade pregnancy. Today, we most often engage in sex as a way to feel good, and to express love and affection, largely free from worrying about an unplanned pregnancy.
Feel good hormones
Beyond the simple pleasure of sex, for a lot of people it is a way to express themselves. Having sex with a significant other releases feel-good hormones that help us to feel closer to one another, and in a good relationship, it can really help to bring a couple together. Mental health is a huge concern amongst men in particular, globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Intimacy releases the “love hormone” oxytocin. This hormone plays a huge role in bonding and is greatly stimulated during sex. Oxytocin is the hormone that underlies trust and can be an antidote to depressive feelings.
Distracts from destructive habits
Sex is also very good for us physically. Although the tabloid press makes a big deal from time to time about how sex burns calories, it’s not a super weight loss method. However, when we feel good about our lives and ourselves, we are less likely to indulge in self-destructive habits and behaviours. In that way, a good sex life can help to steer us away from excessive drinking or eating, smoking, or other behaviours that can do us harm.
Sex can be preventative
The Movember Foundation research highlights that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in young men, yet when it comes to the prostate, a healthy sex life can have preventative effects. Research has found that men who ejaculate 21 times a month, were less likely to report prostate cancer than those who ejaculate four to seven times per month*. While both women and men benefit from the positive emotions associated with sex, and women often find that sex can help with difficult menopausal symptoms in middle age. Sex can reduce stress levels, which reduces the likelihood of developing, or the severity of, a wide range of mental and physical ailments.
*Research from Boston University School of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School.
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