Other than simply feeling good, sex may actually be good for people physically, as well as mentally.

According to an article by WebMD, sex has many
health benefits.

It lowers stress and blood pressure. Sex boosts immunity by increasing antibodies which can decrease the amount of colds a person has.

Sex burns about 85 calories (or more) per 30 minute session and if a person has sex two or more times a week, as they age, they are less likely to have a fatal heart attack.

Sex is also listed as one of the key factors in boosting
self-esteem.

“Having sex and orgasms boosts levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps people bond and build trust,” said Kathleen Doheny in an article on WebMD.

Apparently oxytocin released during orgasm increases the feeling of generosity and promotes sleep, while boosting endorphins (your body’s pain killers). In other words, sex may reduce PMS, cramps, headaches, etc. and allow you to be well rested for upcoming classes.

Sex also has gender-specific perks for men and women.

“Research shows that frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may lower the risk of getting prostate cancer later in life,”
said Doheny.”

For women, doing pelvic floor muscle exercises called Kegels may mean more pleasure  and, as a perk, less chance of incontinence later in life.”

Additionally, according to  a Prevention.com article, sex lowers the risk of breast cancer in both men and women.

“During arousal and orgasm, your levels of ‘happiness’ hormones rise,” said the editors of Prevention. “Two of these—oxytocin and DHEA—may help keep breasts cancer free. One study showed that women who have sex more than once a month have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who are less sexually active. And Greek researchers found that men who had at least seven orgasms a month in their 50s had a significantly lower chance of developing male breast cancer.”

While all of this is great, there is more. According to a DailyMail article, semen is also good for women’s health and helps to fight the blues.

According to a study conducted by the State University of New York, cited in the DailyMail article, when women perform unprotected oral sex on their partner, they are ingesting certain chemicals which may make them happy.

“Semen contains another of chemicals along with spermatozoa, including cortisol, which is known to increase affection, estrone, which elevates mood and oxytocin, which also elevates mood,” said Eddie Wrenn in an article for the DailyMail. “It also contains thyrotropin-releasing hormone (another antidepressant), melatonin (a sleep-inducing agent), and even serotonin (perhaps the best-known antidepressant neurotransmitter).”

The moral of this article being: A lay a day keeps the doctor away.