Increase Sex to Decrease Stress

Written by: Joshua Gonzalez

You release more than your inhibitions when you feel your (or your partner's) "rain" on your skin. When you climax, your load isn't the only thing you release. Our bodies release hormones and neurotransmitters when we have sex. Endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin are all a product of the physical closeness of sex and orgasms. Here's how sex and orgasms help with stress.

Knock Some Legally Blonde Boots

Elle Woods dropped facts when she said, "Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands; they just don't." While we prefer you shoot loads over bullets, we can confirm that sex is a great way to stimulate endorphin production. Endorphins can relieve stress and improve your mood as well.

Is Love Your Drug?

Oxytocin, better known as the "love hormone," will have you feeling like 2010 Ke$ha. Love may be your drug of choice! It is released during physical touch and can relieve pain, elevate mood, and reduce stress.  

Sex can also boost dopamine, the "feel good" chemical. Dopamine allows you to feel pleasure, satisfaction, and motivation. This cheerful chemical will make you feel like it's a new dawn and new day; Michael Buble level good!

Cut Back on the Cortisol

Sex epitomizes "in with the good and out with the bad." While sex causes an increase in hormones that positively impact our mental health, it also reduces those that do the opposite. Sex decreases adrenaline and cortisol, known as the "stress hormones." While small amounts of these hormones are necessary for certain situations, too much cortisol is unhealthy for your brain and body.

Get the D to Catch Some Z's

We all know that good sleep can impact almost every aspect of our lives. Apparently, the deeper the D, the deeper the Z's. Sex can not only help you fall asleep quicker but can help you achieve a deeper sleep. A great night's sleep can improve just about every aspect of your life, including stress management.

Not that we need additional reasons to have sex, but knowing there are health benefits makes it all the more enticing. Sex is a mood booster; it's a great workout, improves cardiovascular health, and strengthens your relationship with your partner. So take self-care seriously, get in the sack, and have sex!