Forget – creams, sexcan make you seven years younger. But that’s not the only benefit
Partner not in the mood again? It might be worth sharing the following to change their mind. According to the latest studies, regular sex — that’s one to two lovemaking sessions per week — can provide some incredible boosts to your health.
Disease-proof your body
Having high levels of the natural steroid DHEA, known as “the anti-ageing hormone”, is believed to be key to keeping your bodyfitter for longer. During sex, DHEA is secreted throughout the body, and after an orgasm, the level in the bloodstream soars to five times its normal amount.
Smooth out your wrinkles
The hormone oestrogen is pumped out during sex, which can in turn have a plumping effect on the skin, helping smooth out those fine lines.
This is especially useful following the menopause, when a woman’s skin can become drier and more wrinkled, as oestrogen levels naturally come down.
An American study found that menopausal womenwho had sex every week had oestrogen levels twice as high as their counterparts who abstained.
Cure that headache
‘Having a headache’ might be an age-old excuse not to have sex, but the scientific evidence says that, to the contrary, sex can help shift pain.
This is because making love causes a surge in the ‘love’ hormone oxytocin, plus other feel good endorphins, which can ease pain.
Women have reported that their pain from both headaches and arthritisimproved postcoitus.
Strengthen your bones
As regular sex can boost oestrogen levels in postmenopausal women, it can offer some protection against the bone-thinning condition osteoporosisthat is triggered by a lack of oestrogen.
And men can benefit too, as testosterone levels have been found to increase during and after sex, which can provide some protection against male osteoporosis.
Cut risk of incontinence
Good sex is a great workout for a woman’s pelvic floor muscles — the muscles that control orgasms and also stem the flow of urine, reducing leakage and incontinence.
Pregnancy and the menopausecan weaken these muscles significantly, but the stronger they are, the lower your risk of developing stressincontinence and prolapse later.
And let’s face it, sex is far more enjoyable than the chore of doing pelvic floor exercises on your own.

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