The Psychological Rewards of Sex

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

18 Comments to The Psychological Rewards of Sex

  1. Hmm.. Don’t know what else to say.. You said everything pretty well !

  2. Whao!! Never knew that this could be so deep =) I’m still young. *shurgs* gig

  3. I have studied this when having my biopsychology class. Remind me of the school time. =o gig

  4. This is an interesting article! learnt so much from it. :D

    Gig Love,
    Siew Hui

  5. Sex is really good and integral for a persons wellbeing! Haha i find it funny how some cultures consider talking about sex taboo when in fact its a very healthy topic!

  6. Agreed! Without a doubt Sex is soo important for a person’s psychological well being

    GIG

  7. wow, i really don’t know what to say! come from a pretty traditional family with strict upbringing so yup… thanks for sharing?
    giglove

  8. Mmm!! Im seriously out of the words regarding this post …

  9. Such an interesting topic and a well written, researched approach. Very fun to read! <3 GIGLove

  10. Wah, so biological! I just do it and feel good, no matter what hormones are there in my body while doing it. haha :D Good to know, very interesting (: Thank you!
    gig love <3

  11. very informative article! thanks for sharing it with us :)

  12. Sex has always had a great effect on one’s body – both physically and mentally. There’s a reason it’s a good stress reliever too, haha.

  13. interesting article and thoughts. Its a very much taboo topic, but glad to see you opening up to talk abt it.

  14. Wow, thanks for this article! It’s rather informative. I agree, sex has physical, emotional and psychological benefits if done properly and with the right person. :)

  15. What an interesting post… Well I learnt a lot tho.. hahaha

  16. Umm well, that’s an interesting topic. Although I think I’m still quite young to discuss openly about it without anyone other than my friends.

  17. such an interesting read! i never seem to read the science behind it

  18. MKWilliam

    look this is very goods.

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