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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