Well, I am most impressed with Viagra Vera’s honesty about her sex life. And the positive way in which she faced her problem head on and just dealt with it. And long may she and her husband chase each other around the bedroom.
I wish I could be so sensible, practical and positive! I fall into the “we don’t talk about boffing” category. Is that typically British? It is such a complex, emotionally wringing, delicate subject (or is that just me?). But having sex has so many benefits – apart from potentially avoiding divorce – that it seems we should all make time (however tired, stressed, podgy or grumpy we are feeling) for a bit of bonking.
For a start, sex keeps you young by releasing a surge of plethora chemicals (aka happy hormones) into your body. Increased hormone levels help keep bones and muscles healthy and skin looking plump and youthful.
Making love twice a week keeps you healthy by releasing an antibody called immunoglobulin that protects us from infections – in particular the risk of prostate cancer. Regular sex makes you more relaxed, less depressed and helps you sleep better because it relieves tension and helps the brain to produce serotonin, the mood lifting chemical commonly found in antidepressants.
And there’s more – half an hour romping burns off 85 calories which sounds a rather disappointingly low number but if you have the energy/inclination to have sex three times a week for a year, that tots up to a worthwhile 5lbs weight loss.
During sex oxytocin (aka the love hormone) is released when the body climaxes, which increases the number of pain relieving endorphins by causing the body to relax – aches, pains, headaches and menstrual cramps disappear after sex and gradually improve with regular action.
Making love also lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, cuts the risk of a fatal heart attack by half for men, boosts self esteem, improves intimacy, and helps keep the pelvic floor muscles healthy decreasing the chances of incontinence in later life.