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Sex can improve your immunity level!

Written by Nirmalya Dutta |Updated : August 1, 2014 4:44 PM IST

sex1Like exercising, having sex also has numerous health benefits according to Dr D Naryana Reddy, consultant in sexual medicine at Dega Institute and Apollo Hospital (Chennai). Delivering a lecture on 'Sexual Medicine An overview' the consultant said: 'Sex, being a great stress-buster, can help improve immunity levels among people. Intimacy and bonding is greater in people who are sexually active. '

He further said that sex has numerous health benefits: 'It has numerous benefits with regard to maintaining good health, especially with regard to maintaining a healthy heart and reduces depression,' he said, and added: 'Sex-related problems arise due to ignorance, anxiety and fear. Due to lack of awareness, many people think that they have sexual problems in spite of not having any disorder. Many advertisements also mislead people.'

Inaugrating a sexual medicine unit at the hospital, University of Mysore vice-chancellor KS Rangappa said: 'Rate of fertility has been on the decline in recent years because of problems in health. There is a need to discuss topics like sex. Many people hesitate and even feel embarrassed to discuss sex-related problems. They should come forward so their ailments can be addressed with advanced technologies. Professionals need to educate people in this regard.'

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Here some health benefits of sex for men:

It's a mini workout

Scientists at the University of Quebec in Canada found that sexual activities are effective in burning calories when compared to moderate intensity exercises. They found that men burned around 4.2 calories a minute which is roughly equivalent to cycling or playing doubles tennis. And considering it is far more fun than walking on the treadmill, there's no reason why you shouldn't jump into bed more often for you weight loss regime of course!

Sex makes us happy

A study by sociologists at the University of Colarodo found that we feel happier when we have more sex, and even more so when we think we're having more sex than our neighbours or friends! Those who had sex at least two to three times a month were 33 per cent more likely to report a higher level of happiness than those who had no sex during the previous 12 months. That happiness effect appears to rise as we have more sex. Compared to those who had no sex in the previous year, those who had sex once a week were 44 per cent more likely to report a higher level of happiness. Read more about 5 hidden health benefits of sex for men

Here are few health benefits of sex for women that'd blow your mind:

It makes your periods less painful

How many times have you passed up sex because you're on your periods? Turns out that not only is sex a good idea but it might just make periods less painful. Whenever a woman has an orgasm, her uterus contracts and in the process rids the body of cramp-causing compounds. The process also helps rid the body of blood and tissue more quickly which might help reduce the number of days your periods last.

It actually makes you look younger!

Okay we're not just making this stuff up. A 10-year study conducted by Dr David Weeks of Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that people who had more sex (4 times a week) were estimated to look 10 years younger than their actual ages. The reason sex is so good is because of the anti-inflammatory molecules like oxytocin. Dr Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist told Huffington Post, 'When you have sex, you're bathing the skin in anti-inflammatory molecules such as oxytocin and beta endorphins. As we get older, we don't heal as often as we repair. But having sex can turn the clock back on that.' Read more about 7 hidden benefits of sex for women

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