Feeling relaxed and comfortable are big factors in hitting the big O, so it makes sense that there’s a tendency to want to snooze right after.
During and after sex, the brain releases powerful hormones (including norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin), which can trigger the urge to cuddle or just pass out.
For healthy, consenting adults, sex can be great or even mind-blowing.
Read on for more reasons to get it on (as if we needed ‘em)! A study on adult rats found that the sexually active rodents experienced an increase in neurons in the hippocampus—a part of the brain that stores memories—compared to their virginal rat buddies.
The good feelings swirling around the brain during sexytimes are due to brain chemistry, specifically dopamine and opoid chemicals. Studies have found that regular sex can do way more than make us feel warm and fuzzy. Blood pressure reactivity to stress is better for people who recently had penile-vaginal intercourse than for people who had other or no sexual activity. Division of Pscyhology, School of Social Sciences, University of Paisley, Scotland, UK. Not only that, but researchers at the University of Amsterdam found that sexual encounters may improve people’s analytical thinking.
According to some studies, regular sex “flushes out” any carcinogens lurking in the prostate gland, making it less likely to become cancerous Ejaculation frequency and subsequent risk of prostate cancer.
Leitzmann MF, Platz EA, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Giovannucci E. Sexual activity and prostate cancer risk in men diagnosed at a younger age.
Department of Medicine, University Hospita of North Norway. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Medical Centre Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventative Dentistry. Zinc and calcium are also ingredients in most commercially available tooth rinses.
We’ll let you do the math…The link between frequent ejaculation and prostate health is still up for debate.Studies have also shown that exercising frequently can enhance sexual performance.Gettin’ frisky releases a bevy of hormones that can reduce pain.Studies have shown a link between low testosterone and high blood pressure, while the spikes in testosterone associated with sexual activity might help lower blood pressure Association of endogenous testosterone with blood pressure and left ventricular mass in men. The impact of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and copper in blood and seminal plasma on semen parameters in men.Svartberg J, von Muhlen D, Schirmer H, Barrett-Connor E, Sundfjord J, Jorde R. Androgen therapy in men with testosterone deficiency: can testosterone reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? Global Medical Affairs Men’s Healthcare, Bayer Pharma AG, Berlin, Germany Research Department, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates Health Reproduction Study Center, Hang Tuah University, Surabaya, Indonesia. Wong WY, Flik G, Groenen PM, Swinkels DW, Thomas CM, Copius-Peereboom JH, Merkus HM, Steegers-Theunissen RP. Evaluation of a mixture of zinc oxide, calcium hydroxide, and sodium fluoride as a new root canal filling material for primary teeth. Unit of Pedodontic and Preventative Dentistry, Oral Health Sciences Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, UK. The evidence suggested the men with better overall health had higher libidos and therefore more sex overall, which reinforced their healthy cardiovascular systems.