Is Sexual Activity Healthy?

Source: Is Sex Necessary? – Forbes.com

The best that modern science can say for sexual abstinence is that it’s harmless when practiced in moderation. Having regular and enthusiastic sex, by contrast, confers a host of measurable physiological advantages, be you male or female.

In one of the most credible studies correlating overall health with sexual frequency, Queens University in Belfast tracked the mortality of about 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of a decade. The study was designed to compare persons of comparable circumstances, age and health. Its findings, published in 1997 in the British Medical Journal, were that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate half that of the laggards. Other studies (some rigorous, some less so) purport to show that having sex even a few times a week has an associative or causal relationship with the following:

– Improved sense of smell
– Reduced risk of heart disease
– Weight loss, overall fitness
– Reduced depression
– Pain-relief
– Less-frequent colds and flu- Better bladder control
– Better teeth
– A happier prostate?

via: The Doc Searls Weblog