Our sex life, when pleasurable, helps to prevent certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases, as well as to deal more effectively with stress and insomnia. As for the great physical renewal and psychological well-being that the “magic” of orgasms gives, these are confirmed not only by the everyday experience of people, but also by a series of biomedical studies.
Many biomedical and biopsychological studies confirm the widespread but, until recently, purely intuitive perception that a satisfying love life has a decisive influence on our psychosomatic health and our social and professional life.
For example, years of research by leading American epidemiologist Jenifer Rider and her team at Harvard University in the US have shown that for men, having a rich and satisfying sex life is a protective shield against prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. They even calculated that men who had about 20 orgasms a month were a quarter less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who had only seven orgasms a month!
The beneficial effect on sleep – and thus on the treatment of insomnia – of oxytocin secretion during sexual intercourse has been confirmed by the experiments of Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg and his team at the University of Stockholm. The Swedish researchers found that when they injected oxytocin into mice, it had a calming effect, immediately eliminating the stress in the test subjects. But statistical research on women has also shown that they sleep longer and better after sex.
Therefore, it seems that frequent sexual practice, when pleasurable, helps to prevent certain cancers, as well as to treat anxiety and insomnia more effectively than pharmaceutical drugs of dubious value.
As for the great physical renewal and psychological well-being that the “magic” of orgasms gives, this is confirmed by the daily experience of people who have a satisfactory sex life, but also by a series of biomedical studies.
Neuropsychological research by David Weeks and Jamie James in Edinburgh has shown that the secretion, during the sexual act, of oestrogen and the hormones of sexual satisfaction contribute significantly to increasing the elasticity and renewal of the human skin. So, instead of expensive cosmetics, it would be more economical – and more effective – if we invested more often in erotic… gymnastics.
The difficulty with these studies is figuring out whether it is a good sex life that makes people happier and healthier or whether, instead, it is their happiness and good psychosomatic health that makes them seek sex more often. Probably both should happen at the same time, since our orgasmic life is not solely determined by any particular physical or psychological “qualities”.