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International Female Orgasm Day: Top 5 tips for a healthy sex life

A good sex life does more than just keep your happy hormones active. Experts give you the low-down on some other health benefits

sex and relationships Updated: Aug 09, 2016 08:22 IST
Nikita Deb
Nikita Deb
Hindustan Times
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The endorphins, or happy hormones, released during sex are known to be good for the human body in more ways than one.(Shutterstock)

A healthy sex life is often considered the secret to a happy relationship. The endorphins, or happy hormones, released during the process are known to be good for the human body in more ways than one. They lift your spirits, reduce headaches and migraines, and help induce sleep. But these aren’t the only health benefits.

On International Day Of The Female Orgasm (August 8), we spoke to a few doctors and experts to enlist some other advantages that a good sex life can have on the well-being of men and women.

Maintaining a healthy sex life reduces the risk of breast cancer. (Shutterstock)

Dr Gauhar Vatsyayan, chief consultant - department of ayurveda, Deep Hospital, Ludhiana, says, “Ayurveda considers sex among the four great desires (eshnas in Sanskrit) of a human being. It betters your mood, brings positivity and even reduces obesity.”

He adds, “According to the Vedas, during the winter (from mid-November to mid-February), a person can indulge in the activity as many times. During the summer, it is advised once in a fortnight. In the rainy season, one to two times a week is the advised number.”

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Maintaining a healthy sex life has the following health benefits:

1. Significantly increases the levels of Immunoglobulin A (IGA) in your body. IGA is an antibody that helps fight bacteria, viruses and toxins.

2. Leads to the release of oxytocin, and therefore, reduces the risk of breast cancer. Oxytocin reduces free radicals in the body. Free radicals can cause DNA damage, and activate procarcinogens, which can become carcinogens (substances capable of causing cancer). “Oxytocin helps eliminate the carcinogenic fluids produced in breasts,” says Dr Rohann Bokdawala, MD, consultant psychiatrist.

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3. As a form of exercise, it helps the cardiac muscles, reduces the body’s blood pressure in the long run and the risk of heart attacks by 50%.

4. Strengthens the pelvic muscles, and therefore, improves bladder control in women.

5. Reduces the risk of prostate cancer. According to a study published in the journal European Eurology in March, “Ejaculation frequency may be inversely related to the risk of prostate cancer.” Dr Riddhish Maru, Mumbai-based sexologist (practising in Mulund and Thane), explains, “The prostate’s function is to create seminal fluid. The release of the seminal fluid contracts the prostate. Regular contraction keeps the prostate functional. A functional prostate is a healthy one.”

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Moderation is essential

Neeta V Shetty, psychotherapist and relationship expert, Blissful Mind Therapy Centre, Mumbai, says because having sex helps boost the reward system in the brain, in some rare cases, it can also become an addiction. “Dopamine is released in the body (during an orgasm). It activates the pleasure points of the brain, which can result in an addiction to the substance causing the release of dopamine,” says Shetty.

Dr Maru says, “Having sex multiple times every day can become too much. It may reduce a person’s stamina both physically and mentally.”

Tips for a healthy sex life

1. Communicate with your partner freely.

2. Educate yourself about what your partner likes and dislikes.

3. Try not to be mechanical while having sex.

4. Do not skip the foreplay; it is an equally important part of the process.

5. Don’t focus on the orgasm alone as that might lead to anxiety.

- With inputs from Dr K E Mukadam, dermatologist and laser surgeon, LaserCure, Mumbai.