If you really need an excuse or several to heat things up in the bedroom, we've got covered: Besides the obvious reasons one might have sex—love, pleasure, baby-making—science shows that there are quite a few health benefits to getting intimate.
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And according to a study in which volunteers wore activity trackers while they did the deed, men burn about calories per session, while women torch an average of He points out, however, that sex in the study from foreplay to orgasm lasted an average of 25 minutes.
In a Scottish study, volunteers were asked to record their sexual activity for two weeks and were then given anxiety-inducing Sex callery, like public speaking or solving math problems out loud. Those Sex callery had sex over the study period experienced smaller blood pressure spikes, and recovered from them more quickly, than those who hadn't. Only penile-vaginal intercourse seemed to have this effect,
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The study suggests two important benefit of regular sex, says Mark: Better blood pressure control, and better stress management overall.
Regular sex may benefit the cardiovascular system Sex callery other ways. A British study found that men who had sex at least twice a week over a period of 20 years were less likely to have died from heart disease than those who got it on less than once a month.