Besides being an excellent and pleasurable stress reliever, there are numerous sex benefits for women. In fact, it may be one more weapon for women to stay younger. Eternally youthful Joan Collins, star of the 80’s hit TV series Dynasty, claims that sex is one of her anti-aging beauty secrets. Scientific evidence asserts that the health benefits of sex may help us remain younger, more active, and have a better quality of life well into our elder years. Check out even more benefits of sex for women to look and feel younger.
Frown Less, Smile More
Endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that act as an analgesic and give us a feeling of well-being, are produced by the brain during sex and especially during orgasms. Moreover, strenuous activity, including active sex sessions, boost endorphin production and can lead to feelings of euphoria and happiness, similar to what is commonly known as a “runner’s high.” These good feelings may make you look happier and younger, as you may frown less and smile more. Sex may be a cheaper alternative (and a more fun one) than Botox!
I do feel better about myself when I have more sex. I think it shows. Sometimes, especially when sex is good, I feel like I’m walking on air and it shows! —Linda C., Tucson, AZ
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Oxytocin is a hormone that acts as a neuromodulator in the brain. It’s an important hormone that assists childbirth and facilitates breastfeeding and it’s also known as the love hormone. Oxytocin is produced during orgasm, thus improving bonding and reducing anxiety. Additionally, the production of high levels of oxytocin aids in social bonding and may assist in achieving deeper and more restorative levels of sleep, thus allowing the body to regenerate cells and helping us look refreshed and youthful.
Besides releasing those feel-good hormones, increased calorie and fat burning is another of the awesome sex benefits for women which helps you stay fit. When you’re in great shape, you look younger and more vibrant. Conversely, better fitness increases stamina, which could lead to better and hotter sex!
When I exercise, I feel better about myself, and I get more energy and confidence to have more sex, and I do! —Leila M., Palm Springs, CA
A study, conducted by authors of Secrets of the Superyoung, Dr. David Weeks and Jamie James, among 3,500 European and American women over a 10-year span found that women who had active sexual lives actually looked younger. The participants of the study who were perceived as being “superyoung” reported that they engaged in sex at least three times a week, as opposed to the women in the control group who engaged in sex an average of twice a week. Moreover, scientists found that women who had more sex had fewer wrinkles. Damn!
Heart health is another of the fantastic health benefits of sex. In 2002, British researchers found a correlation between having sex more than twice a week and a lower risk of having a heart attack. Sex increases cardiovascular activity which can strengthen your heart. A younger heart makes you feel less tired, have more energy and stamina, thus making you feel younger.
An active sex life can improve your self-esteem. Consequently, when you feel better about yourself you’re more open to deeper social relationships. Moreover, better social relationships can help you achieve a better quality of life, thus giving you an enhanced feeling of overall well-being.
When I have sex, I feel better about myself, thus I want to take better care of myself. I feel more energized and motivated to exercise, which also boosts my energy. And when I feel better about my body, I am usually better in bed. —Rebecca R., Dallas, TX
Get that Glow
There’s real science behind that post-coital glow. Sex improves circulation as well as boosting estrogen and collagen production — the results are rosy cheeks and firmer, dewier, wrinkle-free skin. Sex keeps acne at bay too!
Next time you do the deed, enjoy how fantastic it feels, then take a look in the mirror and enjoy how fantastic you look!