World Health Organisation (WHO) defines sexual Health as follows: “Sexual Health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.”
SEX IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN YOUR LIFE
Sex and sexuality are a part of life. Aside from reproduction, sex can be about intimacy and pleasure. Sexual activity such as masturbation, can offer many surprising benefits to all facets of your life:
* Physical, *Intellectual, *Emotional,*Mental, *social, *Sexual health is more than avoiding diseases and unplanned pregnancies. It’s also about recognizing that sex can be an important part of your life. *Sexual health is the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. It is an important part of our physical and mental health. Being sexually healthy means: *Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior.
*Recognizing and respecting the sexual rights we all share.
Having access to sexual health information, education, and care. * Making an effort to prevent unintended pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs) and seek care and treatment when needed. * Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired. *Being able to communicate about sexual health with others including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
HOW CAN SEX BENEFIT YOUR BODY?
Sex can be a good cardiovascular exercise in younger men and women. Though sex is not enough exercise on its own, it can be considered light exercise.
Some of the benefits you can get from sex include:
*Lowering blood pressure, *Burning calories, *Increasing heart health, *Strengthening muscles,
*Reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension, *Increasing libido
People with active sex lives tend to exercise more frequently and have better dietary habits than those who are less sexually active. Physical fitness may also improve sexual performance overall.
WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SEXUAL PERFORMANCE STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM
In a study of immunity in people in romantic relationships, people who had frequent sex (one to two times a week) had more immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva. People who had infrequent sex (less than once a week) had significantly less IgA.
IgA is the antibody that plays a role in preventing illnesses and is the first line of defense against human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Your body releases oxytocin, also called the “love” or “intimacy” hormone, and endorphins during an orgasm. The combination of these hormones can act as sedation. Better sleep can contribute to a stronger immune system, a longer lifespan, feeling more well-rested, having more energy during the day, and headache relief.
A study shows that sexual activity can provide full or partial relief from migraines and cluster headaches.
SEX IN MEN AND WOMEN
How sex benefits all genders
A recent review found that men who had more frequent Penile-Vaginal Intercourse (PVI) or masturbation had less risk of developing prostate cancer.
One study found that men who averaged having 4.6 to 7 ejaculations a week were 36 percent less likely to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis before the age of 70. This is in comparison to men who reported ejaculating 2.3 or fewer times a week on average.
For men, sex may even affect your mortality. One study that had a 10 year follow-up reported that men who had frequent orgasms (defined as two or more a week) had a 50 percent lower mortality risk than those who had sex less often.
Having an orgasm increases blood flow and releases natural pain-relieving chemicals. Sexual activity in women can: * Improve bladder control, * Reduce incontinence, * Relieve menstrual and premenstrual cramps, * Improve fertility, * Build stronger pelvic muscles, * Help produce more vaginal lubrication, * Potentially protect you against endometriosis or the growing of tissue outside your uterus.
The act of sex can help strengthen your pelvic floor. A strengthened pelvic floor can also offer benefits like less pain during sex and reduced chance of vaginal prolapse. One study shows that PVI can result in reflexive vaginal contractions caused by penile thrusting.
Women who continue to be sexually active after menopause are less likely to have significant vaginal atrophy or the thinning of vaginal walls. Vaginal atrophy can cause pain during sex and urinary symptoms.
How can sex benefit your Mental Health?
Sexual activity, with a partner or through masturbation, can provide important psychological and emotional benefits. Like exercise, sex can help reduce stress and anxiety and increase happiness.
Frequent sexual activity, whether with a partner or alone, can make you look younger.This is partially due to the release of estrogen during sex.
One study found a correlation between frequent sexual activity and looking significantly younger (between seven to 12 years younger). The majority of these individuals were also comfortable expressing their sexuality and sexual identity.
Sex can help you connect toyour partner, thanks to oxytocin. Oxytocin can play a role in developing relationships. You may find that consistent; mutual sexual pleasure helps with bonding within a relationship.
Coupled partners often have increased relationship satisfaction when they fulfill one another’s sexual desires. You may find positive growth in your relationship when youare able to express yourself and your sexual desires.
What are the benefits of masturbation?
Masturbation can offer many of the same benefits as sex, but also has its own advantages, including:
* Enhanced sex between partners, *Understanding your own body, *Increased ability for orgasms
*Boosted self-esteem and body image *Increased sexual satisfaction. *Treatment for sexual dysfunction
Masturbation is considered entirely safe and with fewer health risks attached. When practiced alone, there is no risk of pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). According to Planned Parenthood, it increases mental well-being not mental illness or instability like some myths suggest.
TALK ABOUT GOOD VIBRATIONS
Sex toys such as vibrator are far more likely to be found in your bedside drawer, but sex toys can bring more than just benefits in the bedroom; they could boost your health too.
IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH
Stress is among the most commonly experienced mental problems around the world. The high demands on an average person in current times contribute a lot to this factor. You can use sex toys to relieve the stress and improve your mental health. This works for depression and anxiety as well.
GREAT SEX IS RIGHT FOR YOU
One area sex toys can help with is simplymaking sex more enjoyable, helping couples discover what turns them on.
Having great sex can promote health and wellbeing by improving your mood and physically making you feel good. Using a sex toy can spice up diminishingsex life and bring a bit of fun into your life. A sex toy will make you feel great as well as promoting your circulation,and the release of the “feel good factors” during an orgasm.
SEX TOYS CAN REJUVENATE VAGINAS
Some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause are gynecological. Declining levels of the hormone estrogen can lead to vaginal tightness, dryness and atrophy. This can lead to painful sex and decreased sex drive. However, vibrators can relieve these symptoms (by improving the tone and elasticity of vaginal walls and improving sexual sensation) and also promote vaginal lubrication.
SEX TOYS HELP MEN TOO
Men can benefit from toys too. Men who use them are less likely to be burdened with erectile dysfunction, difficulty orgasming and low sex drive.
They are also more likely to be aware of their sexual health, making them more likely to notice any abnormalities and seek medical advice
Sex toys can also be useful following gynecological surgery or even after childbirth to keep the vaginal tissue flexible, preventing it from becoming too tight and also promoting to blood flow to the area to speed up healing.
Male products can help men overcome erectile dysfunction, following prostate surgery or treatment, diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injury and neurological conditions by promoting the blood flow into the erectile tissues and stimulating the nerves to help the man have an erection without them having to take Viagra.
SEX IS NOT JUST ABOUT PENETRATION
There is a reason sexperts stress the importance of foreplay. Most women just cannot orgasm through penetration alone no matter how turned on they are. Stimulating the clitoris can be the key to satisfying climaxes,and sex toys can make that easier. Vibrators can be useful for vulvar pain conditions such as vulvodynia where penetration can be tricky to achieve.
5. VIBRATORS CAN BE BETTER THAN MEDICAL DILATORS FOR VAGINISMUS
Vaginismusis a condition in which a woman’s vaginal muscles tense up involuntarily when penetration is attempted is treated using medical dilators of increasing sizes to allow the patient to begin with the thinnest dilator and slowly progress to the next size
Sex is an important part of life and it contributes to overall mental well-being. In relationships, orgasms play a significant part in bonding. Physical and emotional benefits like reduced risk of heart disease, improved self-esteem, and more can come from having sex.
You can still have similar benefits without sex. Engaging in other pleasurable activities like exercising, and having a strong network of friends could potentially offer the same benefits. Sex is just one way of improving your quality of life.
However, if sex is part of your life, due to a relationship or desire, it is essential to be able to communicate and experience sexual satisfaction. You may find relief and an increase in happiness when you take the time to have sex.
Dildos and vibrators came in existence many years ago, probably as early as men and women discovered sex felt good and was fun. Early paintings and sculptures suggest that men and women enjoyed particular erotic participation in afforded by these kinds of penis formed objects.
Ancient cultures have given us many things that would be the foundation of sexual cultures nowadays, so you should not feel embarrassed or shy when using the dildos or vibrators as they have been used for many thousands of years. Realistically the stigmas attached to their usage only arrived in the early 20th Century. With the arrival of ‘modern society’ also found party pooperand religious fanatics. Though our society and culture are now more aware of people’s sexual nature’s,and sex toys are a regular part of most people’s lives.
An excellent book that I will recommend is “Will the Real Women stand up by Ella Patterson.” This book is on amazon.com. For those that struggle with their sexuality, this is an ideal book to read and both men and woman can enjoy it.
Take Care of Yourself and Each Other
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