Before we get into the sex habits of retirees, we should first mention that sex is good for you. There are countless magazine articles, websites, and other information sources that list it’s psychological and physiological benefits. Here’s a summary of what researchers have discovered:
- Improves self-esteem, relieves stress, and improves coping with stressful situations.
- Improves immunity to illnesses. Sex allows the body to produce anti-bodies that help protect from colds and other infections. Sexual excitement increases production of the hormone DHEA, which boosts the immune system, repairs tissue, improves cognition, and keeps skin healthy.
- Every 30 minutes of sexual activity burns roughly 85 to 150 calories, resulting in the loss of about a pound for every 42 occasions.
- Can lower diastolic blood pressure and cut in half the risk of suffering a fatal heart attack among men.
- Makes you feel better about your relationship. Sex helps to produce oxytocin, the love hormone, which enhances trust, nurturance, and bonding between partners. Oxytocin also promotes better sleep, which is linked to better health and weight loss.
- Endorphins are also released during sex, which has a close resemblance to morphine, helping to reduce physical pain.
- Can lower the odds of prostate cancer among men. Men who have had frequent ejaculations while in their 20’s (an average of 5 or more per week) were less likely to have prostate cancer when they got older. For women, those who do pelvic muscle exercises (Kegels) during sex have more pleasure, but also have lower odds of suffering incontinence (loss of bladder control) later on.
- Increases production of both testosterone and estrogen. Testosterone helps fortify bones and muscles, and keeps your heart in good working condition. In women, estrogen also protects against heart disease.