By Sylvia Anderson -IH Editor
When your life is governed by deadlines, household chores and a variety of other responsibilities, you may find little time to fit in intimacy. That’s a big mistake! Having sex regularly is good for you for a number of reasons. Unfortunately convincing your partner to attend a “party for two” at the end of an exhausting day may take a little more than mere mood music. Instead, try persuading your partner with the latest research showing the significant health benefits derived from an active sex life.
The New Cardio
Let’s say, for example, your partner has been struggling to fit into that proverbial little black dress. This would be the perfect opportunity to share with her that sex burns calories. You could then selflessly offer to assist her in achieving her goal. You may also mention if the mood is right, that sex improves cardiovascular health. The physical activity exerted during sex offers the same great heart-healthy benefits as running or swimming.
If the object of your affection happens to be an uncharacteristically disinterested male, there is hope for you too. Plead your case with evidence reported in the Journal of American Medical Association that frequent ejaculations were linked to lower prostate cancer risk in older men. The sooner the better though, as the frequency for participants in their 20s derived the most benefit.
Bye-Bye Stress, Hello Better Sleep
For those of you struggling with partners who are stressed out and tired, fluff up the pillow talk by mentioning that sex helps you sleep better. According to researchers from Scotland (who reported their findings in the journal Biological Psychology), the hormone oxytocin, which is released during orgasm, promotes sleep. The same study supports that a distinct correlation exists between the level of sexual activity and lower diastolic blood pressure in response to stress. So, you can now legitimately offer up sex as a stress reliever.
If it’s chronic illness that plagues your significant other, sex may be just the tonic for all his ailments. According to scientists at Wilkes University, having sex a minimum of once or twice weekly demonstrated increased levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody vital to your immune system. Immunoglobulin A is responsible for protecting you from the common cold and other infections. So, when the sniffles have your loved one under the weather, suggest that the elusive cure for the common cold may be found under the sheets.
Contrary to the, “Not tonight honey I have a headache,” sex can also be touted as an elixir for chronic pain sufferers; headaches, arthritis pain, even PMS symptoms can be alleviated by a regular dose of sex. The release of oxytocin into the body during sex increases endorphins, thereby decreasing pain. Participants in a study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine reported a diminished pain threshold when subjected to finger pricks after inhaling oxytocin vapor.
And if Those Don’t Work . . .
For those who fear that none of these health benefits are compelling enough to woo your lover, there are yet other persuasive options left in your arsenal. Point out that sex has profound psychological benefits on self-esteem and depression. If that doesn’t do the trick, perhaps increased blood circulation which strengthens bones and muscles will raise interest. You could always scare your partner by suggesting that an incontinent future lies before her if she abstains, as sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles.
If you’re still striking out, you may have to resort to a tactic used by couples throughout the ages . . . it’s most commonly known as begging.
Get Strong! Stay Strong! (and get some!)