The health benefits of regular sexual intimacy

This is also one of the highly beneficial hormones that emerges between couples during sex. Evidence of the physical and psychological benefits of sex has been well documented.

Publication: 09.02.2024 - 12:19
The health benefits of regular sexual intimacy
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Evidence of the physical and psychological benefits of sex has been well documented. Recognizing that each individual has different needs and values, we will detail the benefits of sex when practiced at desired frequencies.


During sexual activity, the brain produces endorphins, substances that create excitement, satisfaction, and happiness. These are also associated with the state of excitement and calmness experienced before and after orgasm. Although sex makes us feel good, it cannot be said to function as a treatment like antidepressants.

Yes, it can provide pleasurable moments that enhance our positive emotions, but mental illnesses like depression require much more complex treatment methods. However, it can be said that sex facilitates transitioning into a state of sleep. This can be beneficial for sleep issues, which are considered symptoms of mental health problems.


The level of stress, which varies from person to person, also decreases or increases in proportion to the demands of daily life. This situation can also affect our desire for sex. 

When we are in overwhelming situations for long periods, our desire to have sexual intercourse decreases, which can lead to less satisfaction. The effects of maintaining high levels of cortisol, which is necessary for coping with the demands of daily life, will be negative. In this sense, although stress decreases sexual desire, sex can help reduce the stress that arises as a result.

An interesting fact is that couples in happy relationships tend to engage in sexual intercourse after a stressful day. Furthermore, they are the ones who benefit the most from the beneficial effects of sex.


Regular sexual activity strengthens our physiological defense against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. There are even studies suggesting that having sex three times a month can protect against coronavirus. Of course, this discovery applies to other infectious diseases as well. The benefit of the immune system does not depend on age or type of sexual activity, meaning everyone can achieve this at different times in their lives. In short, evidence shows that as the frequency of sexual intercourse increases, our immune system becomes more resilient to disease threats.


Active sexual life also helps the cardiovascular system. Sexual intercourse between couples increases both systolic and diastolic pressure, which intensifies during orgasm and decreases afterward. 

Single sexual intercourse in young people results in six times more energy expenditure compared to resting.

A recent study suggests that maintaining sexual activity in old age reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems and has positive effects on other known risk factors. It can also alleviate pain.


Sex is essential for building, strengthening, and maintaining the bond between couples. It is also a reward for this relationship. During sexual intercourse, oxytocin, a hormone that contributes to strengthening the bond, is produced. The same hormone is also produced by the mother and child during breastfeeding.

Oxytocin helps regulate social and emotional behaviors and is one of the key components of a healthy body. It also regulates responses to fear, anxiety, and stress; it is produced during intimate moments such as hugging, caressing, and kissing. This shows that sex is not limited to sexual organs only; it is also a mediator or a result of a more subtle form of interaction. Although orgasm is the peak of sexual intercourse, sexual relationships should not be entirely tied to this outcome or feel incomplete if not achieved.

In short, there are many benefits to sex. To ultimately enjoy and relax, priority should always be given to the needs of the individuals involved. Putting pressure on intensity or frequency is often ineffective. The key is knowing and respecting each other's mutual needs.

This article was originally published in The Conversation and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons license.

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