Sex is good for health.  "So exercise, have sex!"

Sex is good for health. “So exercise, have sex!”

CNN Portugal heard three experts – a sexologist, a gynecologist and an andrologist – who were practically unanimous: “Sex brings numerous benefits, I can be healthier for having sex, but I’m not less healthy if I don’t.”

Having sex is good for your health and there is no doubt about that. Several scientific studies prove the cardiovascular benefits, in the fight against stress, pain and insomnia, how good it is for the skin and the wonders it does for self-esteem.

Sexual intercourse is similar to a moderate exercise session, increasing cardiac activity, protecting the arteries and heart. In addition, during sexual intercourse, our body releases a series of hormones, including endorphin, our body’s greatest painkiller, making sex a potent pain inhibitor. Sexual intercourse also promotes muscle relaxation and, consequently, combats insomnia.

There is no way around it: those who practice sex are, at the very least, happier. And, with so many benefits, also healthier. But can the absence of sex have the opposite effect?

CNN Portugal heard three experts – a sexologist, a gynecologist and an andrologist – who were practically unanimous: “Sex brings numerous benefits, I can be healthier for having sex, but I’m not less healthy if I don’t.”

“In terms of basic needs, it will be one of the basic needs presented by Maslow in his pyramid. There is, in fact, sexual intimacy. Now, there are people who live well without sex and are no less healthy for it”, recalls psychologist and sexologist Fernando Mesquita.

“We talk about sex and we should talk about sexuality. We have to talk about affections to better understand this issue. Sex is more physical. Sexuality is more emotional. And there are people who are more dependent on sex. As there are so-called asexuals who are not interested in sex. Neither one nor the other is, from the outset, sick for having sex or not”, explains the sexologist.

“Not having an orgasm does not make a woman less healthy”

Fernando Mesquita’s analysis is shared by gynecologist Joana Lima Silva: “Although we know that sexual activity promotes health, the woman who does not have sexual intercourse is no less healthy than the one who does. This from a strictly physical point of view.”

“A woman who does not have an orgasm is no less healthy”insists.

However, the gynecologist also makes a reservation: “It depends on the manifestation of the woman’s sexuality and whether the woman can express her sexuality well or not.”

“All people express their sexuality in different ways and even in different ways throughout their lives. It is a little reductive to put sexuality only from a physical point of view and it can even be harmful. Because a woman who has no sexual interest in penetration may feel that something is wrong with her. And it doesn’t necessarily pass,” she explains.

“There are so many women who are closed off in their sexuality and don’t even express themselves as they should because they are stuck with certain concepts.”

Joana Lima Silva also recalls that, in a holistic view of women’s health, there are many other factors involved. These include diet and exercise.

The experts’ caveat that it is also a warning

Sexual activity enhances good vascular health. As urologist Ana Meirinha reminds us, “if we think that sexual activity is an activity with cardiovascular exercise, sexual activity is good for us”. Therefore, “a man with an active sex life is a healthier man than one who does not have sex regularly”. However, “it does not mean that the man who does not have sex is sick.”

The urologist and andrologist at Hospital dos Lusíadas makes just one caveat and recalls the “numerous” studies that point to a greater probability of having prostate cancer in a man who ejaculates less often or does not ejaculate at all. “A man who ejaculates fewer times in a month is more likely to get prostate cancer. This is proven and undeniable,” she underlines.

For example, a study published in European Urology in 2016 points to a 20% reduction in the risk of developing prostate cancer in men who ejaculate more frequently. The researchers followed 32,000 men over 18 years, between 1992 and 2010. They found that those who ejaculated 21 or more times a month had a lower risk of prostate cancer.

In addition, the specialist considers that “in a holistic view of the human being, sexuality is part of a healthy being. But we are talking about a more comprehensive approach to sexuality, which goes far beyond penetration or even masturbation.”

For Ana Meirinha, a healthy man is one who “is able to satisfy his sexual desires, because sex life is not just about ejaculation or penetration”.

In summary, the doctor underlined, during the telephone conversation she had with CNN Portugal: “We do not stop being healthy by not having sex. But people who have a full sex life, within what they themselves understand by sex life, have better levels of health.”

“The physical activity of sex is healthy. So, exercise, have sex!” makes a point of advising.

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