Why You Should Have Sex Tonight

OK, I admit it: My husband has been encouraging me to blog about this. “If something else was ‘as good for your health as vitamin D and broccoli,’ wouldn’t you blog about that?” he asked me again last night. A recent Wall Street Journal article (you often can’t access WSJ articles if you’re not a subscriber, but this link should work) sums up a variety of research about how having sex benefits your physical and mental health. Studies suggest that the rush of neurotransmitters like dopamine and hormones like oxytocin and prolactin (breastfeeding anyone?) make us feel relaxed and sleepy afterwards and can even provide temporary relief from back pain, migraines or other aches, and improve your ability to handle stress. Men who have sex several times a week have been found to have a lower rate of heart attacks and prostate cancer, and one French study found that women who have sex frequently have a lower risk of breast cancer. After all, when you’re a busy parent, having sex can be a little like going to the gym; even if you think you’re too tired, you rarely regret it afterwards.

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  1. by lacoste polo

    On May 13, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Everything has its reasons.

  2. by Jenny

    On May 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    that is so funny you referred to sex as a parent as a trip to the gym. I’ve said this before too. So true!

  3. by anonymous

    On May 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    ive tried this on him but hes difficult. every time i ask him to have sex he says no. ive almost begged him once. unless hes in the mood, im S.O.L.

  4. by Jacob

    On May 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Now tell that to my wife, since we only have sex about once a month. :(

  5. by cassie

    On May 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    LOL, I’ve heard sex can relieve migraines, but contrary to making me tired, it seems to make me wired…Is that weird?

  6. by Sara

    On May 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    ugh. this pregnancy(32 weeks now) has not been one for sexy times.. my husband has been very understanding. Sometimes he just starts stuff so we will, but if it were up to me, i would be sleeping all day.

  7. by Angalina

    On May 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    My husband and I, have dirty nasty sex every other day! If I didn’t have a husband, it would be off to the porn store! lol

  8. by anonymous

    On May 13, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Sew does wired me too! I can’t sleep after I’m too hipper and I just want to chat and my husband just passes out. I do exercise a lot and wouldn’t exercise in the evening for the same reasons.

  9. by anonymous

    On May 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I had a migraine this morning and I couldn’t roll over let alone have sex.

  10. by Not Your Plan B

    On May 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I totally agree with this article.There are many positive bonuses to having sex,especially on a regular basis.Sex is an awesome stress reliever,which can also relieve headaches.Sexual activity is great exercise and can help with weight management as a result.But most importantly,intimacy with your partner is so very important.It’s like communication but no words are needed(unless you prefer dirty talk lol).Everyone has different levels of sex drive,but having a great partner can also help.If the sexual chemistry between two partners is poor or lacking then the desire will not be there.

  11. by Faye

    On May 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    My husband and I usualy have sex every other night. Unless he’s on a business trip. Than we sext or have phone sex.
    He knows me so well, that when I’m nervous, stressed with the kids, or overwhelmed at home, he tells me: “We need to get something going on tonight so you can relax”. TRUE! Sex makes me relaxed. I sleep like a baby and I feel more calm after all.
    Our sex is wild! Crazy! We can go on for 20 to 40 minutes. I sweat a lot! So it is kind of a gym time. But after all, I feel happy, relaxed and so sleepy. Go figure! lol

  12. by Crystal

    On May 14, 2011 at 3:09 am

    All I know is that without sex you’re just friends! No matter what mood I’m in my man gets laid! It always turns my mood around into sexy and horny. We have sex at least 4 times a week and have been together 11 years with 2 kids and running three business we still make time for each other. What else is life about if not the intimacy and love? We never fight and are deeply in love to this day! I don’t see why women don’t understand that if you just keep your man sexed up he will do and give you whatever you want……am I right?

  13. by phil

    On May 14, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Well I knew it was good for u but its hard to find some 3e that wants to have sex ev ery night like I want. I want it every night or everyday 2 or 3 times a day but my wife don’t now before we got married it was any time any where any how we. Both r 32 an it seems I have have a sex drive of a 18 year old any help lol

  14. by anonymous

    On May 14, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I think one barrier to women wanting sex as often as their men is if the man can’t finish the job. I mean what woman wants to be frustrated every day? Word to the guys.

  15. by Ashley

    On May 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Trust me my husband and I have two babies under two. 15 months apart. We love are sex but he is in the army and deployed right now. Four more months til R and R then three or more month til he is home for at least a year. I miss him and the sex very much. I cant wait to see him and his new body. On their off time the work out all the time. Deployments suck but I know it is part of the job and I am so proud of him.

  16. by Wina

    On May 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    You forgot to mention how sex makes our skin glow.

  17. by nazley

    On May 16, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I totally agree with the article…When myself and my husband dont have sex we get so irritable aND FRUSTRATED…where as when we doing it more often we more calm…lol…thats why its called sexercise…who agrees?

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