Sex is something we all have – well, most of us – and something which is oh so nice to experience when two consenting adults get together. When we don’t have it, we can become cranky, despondent, and frankly no fun to be around. Our bodies crave sex for a reason and ignoring those cravings is not necessarily the best thing for us. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that running around sleeping with everyone is the way to go, but I won’t judge if that is your thing (I had my fun experiences back in the day). The point is knowing your body and making sure your needs are met is a very important thing. After all, your body doesn’t suddenly get cravings for nothing!
Mmmm… Benefits of Sex
- Do it when Aunt Flow is in Town!
All ladies know when it’s that time of the month we endure cramps, crankiness, an influx of unwanted hormones and tears… oh, so many tears. Not all of us know about the untapped potential of having sex during our period week. Why do that when we can simply do it, lessen our pain and heaviness of our periods? According to women’s Health Magazine, climaxing is a quick way to cut out all the riff raft of our once-a-month visitor. With that being said, sex during menstruation is not for everyone, but I am a firm believer in it and have reaped the benefits from doing the deed while menstruating and it has worked wonders for me.
2. Up With the Sex, Down With the Stress.
Our stress levels can rise to near breaking point pretty quickly due to our always-on-the-go lives. We sometimes feel like we just can’t handle another thing falling in our laps, needing immediate (if not sooner) attention. There are days the stressors in our lives leave no room for us to manage effectively, leaving us feeling like we are drowning. Well, check it out… According to a study done by the NHS or National Health Service in England, having sex helps us cope with stressful situations.
3. Regular Sex = Healthy…..Me Likey
NHS also says, “weekly sex might fend off illness”, claiming there is seems to be a close relationship between having sex and staying healthy. The results of a Pennsylvania study, those who did the deed a couple of times a week actually had better immune systems than those who didn’t. To be fair, the article does state that there needs to be more research done on the correlation between sex and our immune system, but it all seems promising… especially since it’s so much fun anyway. Check out NHS’ great article about the benefits of sex here.
4. Can’t Sleep? Sex!
So, if any of you wonderful women are anything like me, you often times have trouble sleeping. Nothing is worse than waiting desperately to fall asleep, or fall asleep only to wake up and stay up. We need our sleep, if for no other reason than to keep from flipping out on people. There is no amount of coffee which can fight the effects of the lack of sleep we’ve endured during our restless night before (although my partner disagrees). We already know that sex can lower stress levels and help us to cope with stressors easier, so why wouldn’t it help us sleep? As it turns out, when we orgasm not only is our bodies releasing hormones and endorphins, our body actually takes the time to almost fully relax as well. Due to this, we are able to sleep better and sounder. Mic Drop…
5. Sex is Good for Our Mental Health
Sex and our mental health go hand-in-hand. There have been countless studies done on the power of touch, intimacy, love, etc. and what we find is that we need human interaction to keep us happy. So, sex makes us happy – obviously, right? According to EmpowHer.com, Oxytocin, or the “falling in love” hormone is released from the brain during orgasm. This hormone can make you feel more connected with yourself as well as your partner. What is fantastic about this is we can have sex and take on the world with our wicked awesome attitudes, and I see nothing wrong with that.
Basically, sex is great, and we could all do with more of it. With that being said, I would like to take a moment to stress just how important safe sex is. Wear a condom, get regular check-ups with your doctor, and never assume anything about anyone. Ask questions and don’t be afraid of looking stupid – I would rather look stupid than be uneducated. Another thing to remember is to always respect your partner and their wishes. Don’t be pushy… no one likes that. “No” means “No”, and that is all that’s to it. We are all entitled to have complete control of our own bodies and need to keep it that way.
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