Studies show sex is good for your health
July 03 2004 12:00 AM ET
Evidence from several studies is starting to suggest that sex not only feels good but might actually be good for you, MSNBC.com reports. Studies have shown that sex can ease depression and stress; orgasms can ease symptoms of pain by releasing oxytocin, a natural pain-killing hormone, into the bloodstream; sex can improve cardiovascular health; sex lowers blood pressure and may protect against strokes; more frequent ejaculations can lower the risk of developing prostate cancer; and regular intercourse can help prevent vaginal and urinary tract infections in postmenopausal women.
The studies do come with one overriding warning, however: The benefits of sex--particularly those associated with ejaculations and unprotected intercourse--were achieved through monogamous sexual relationships. Researchers still warn that having unprotected sex with casual sex partners or having multiple partners carries significant health risks, including possible exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.