A more fulfilling sex life can boost your health, mental state, and interpersonal relationships in ways you may never have thought possible. Not only does better, more frequent sex improve physical health, as we talked about in part one, but it can also help your mental well-being as well. This time, let’s talk a little more about the emotional and mental health benefits.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
During sexual activity, our bodies release endorphins and oxytocin, hormones that act as natural stress relievers. This can lead to improved mood and better resilience in dealing with life’s stressors.
Oxytocin is called the “hug” hormone or “love” hormone for a reason; it promotes feelings of calm and connectedness. Endorphins are neurotransmitters, or naturally occurring chemicals that are released by the brain. Endorphins released during sex can reduce stress and improve mood.
Conversely, sex reduces cortisol and adrenaline, which are hormones related to stress and your body’s “fight or flight” response, respectively.
Post-coital bliss is not a myth. As we mentioned, sex and orgasm stimulate the release of oxytocin and prolactin. In addition to reducing stress in general, these hormones also promote relaxation and sleepiness. At the same time, the reduction in the stress hormone cortisol also may play a role in helping you sleep. Some evidence even indicates that sex before bed can actually help women with insomnia sleep better.
Insufficient sleep is linked to a range of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Therefore, better sex, by improving sleep quality, can indirectly contribute to enhancing your mental health.
Lack of sex and intimacy can negatively impact self-esteem. This can also affect libido and relationship.
On the other hand, a satisfying sex life can enhance your self-esteem and body image. It validates your desirability, making you feel more confident in other areas of life. At the same time, better self-esteem is thought to improve your sex life.
Improve the Relationship With Your Partner
Okay, this one might not be all that surprising, but it definitely bears mentioning. Better sex means a deeper emotional connection with your partner. And this emotional connection and sense of wellness go a long way in bolstering mental health.
As we mentioned, sex releases oxytocin, the hormone released after childbirth by our bodies, presumably to promote bonding with our babies. This hormone is stimulated with physical touch and can likewise make you feel closer to your partner. By engaging in regular, fulfilling sex, you’re likely to feel more connected to your partner, improving the overall quality of your relationship.
Increased Cognitive Function
Research indicates that sexual activity can stimulate brain function. A study by the University of Maryland found that sexual activity stimulates cell growth in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning. You could say more sex might make you smarter!
Higher frequency of sex has been shown to be correlated with better memory, recall, and overall cognitive function in several studies. And some of these studies were performed on older adults, the part of the population likely to be more concerned about cognitive decline that commonly comes with aging.
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The Fem Shot has the potential to be a game-changer for many women experiencing sexual dissatisfaction, helping them unlock all the benefits of a healthier, more satisfying sex life.
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