Everyone knows the instant physical pleasures that accompany sex. It is an experience that is like no other and feels great. The feel of your partner’s skin on yours and the little touches that send nerves into an ecstatic, pleasing frenzy is what makes us all keep coming back for more. There are many physical benefits that accompany sex, but many people don’t know that there are many psychological and neurological benefits as well.
The chemical reactions our bodies experience during intercourse and culminating orgasms have been shown to positively affect both psychological well being as well as emotional well being. Sex is like a form of exercise, but with many added chemical and neurological benefits. Sex, like exercise creates an endorphin rush, which increases both stamina and energy levels and affects the pleasure centers in the brain resulting in extreme feelings of ecstasy and euphoria. What is great about these chemical benefits of sex is the fact that they are long lasting.
The chemicals that take center stage during sex are oxytocin and dopamine. Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that is known for its ability to make people feel good. It also is responsible for increasing love, devotion and generosity between sexual partners. Dopamine is also a neurotransmitter that increases both pleasure and physical attraction between sexual partners and is released from the beginning to the end of intercourse. Many studies have shown that men who experience a release of oxytocin on a frequent basis are much more likely to have continued faithfulness to their partner. A third neurotransmitter, serotonin, is also released during orgasm. Serotonin is known for its ability to make people feel extremely content as well as emotionally balanced. The work of serotonin is easily recognized in the afterglow satisfaction at the end of sexual relations.
In addition to the chemical and biological benefits of sex, there are also some straight up psychological benefits that are more emotionally based. Sexual intercourse provides partners with a deep emotional connection. It gives couples the opportunity to dedicate time and focus to one another. The individualized attention that can be given to each partner during sexual intercourse helps increase their feelings of overall importance as well as appreciation. Sexual intercourse has also been shown to improve both partner’s self-esteem and self-satisfaction.
An active sexual life improves not only psychological health, but also emotional and biological health. It can help partners find a deeper connection with one another that can increase happiness and alleviate stress. Couples with a healthy, active sex life have been shown to have fewer arguments, a deeper emotional connection, and better communication skills. Sex can increase emotional bonds between partners and help improve every aspect of the relationship as a whole.
The secret to achieving the psychological and biological benefits of sex is simple and straightforward. Simply keep having sex with your significant other. Sex is the perfect cure for the stress of everyday life thanks to serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin and endorphins. Endorphins can help relieve tiredness, oxytocin can increase self-esteem and dopamine can increase overall happiness and wellbeing. The more intercourse you have, the fewer negative emotions and fatigue you experience. Just remember to always exercise safe sex practices! Although sex is healthy and can add many positive dimensions to your life, one needs to make sure that they are always going about this in the safest way possible. This goes without saying, but unsafe sex practices are still common today.