Abstain from abstinence for your own good. Having sex keeps you healthy.

November 2, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More

Trying to have a baby is one important reason to have sex.  There are other important reasons to have sex regularly, according to this article in Forbes“Is Sex Necessary?”  

Refer to this article whenever someone preaches to you that the only proper reason to have sex is to have babies.  The article is based on a study that correlated overall health with sexual frequency:

Queens University in Belfast tracked the mortality of about 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of a decade. The study was designed to compare persons of comparable circumstances, age and health. Its findings, published in 1997 in the British Medical Journal, were that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate half that of the laggards.

Here are some of the health benefits to having sex on a regular basis:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Weight loss, overall fitness
  • Reduced depression
  • Pain relief
  • Less frequent colds and flu
  • Better bladder control
  • Better Teeth (go read the article)
  • Keeps prostate healthy (I’ve heard this from my own doctor)

Humans also use sex to bond with each other, shown by the fact that humans are “unusual in our continuous practice of sex, which is a direct consequence of our concealed ovulations.”  Whenever someone preaches that using sex to maintain social bonds is “unnatural,” feel free to remind them that humans aren’t the only primate to use sex to bond.  Check out the behavior of our cousins, the bonobos.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    CNN offers more evidence that having sex often keeps you healthy:

    "Researchers have long known that not only is sex fun (when done with the right person, of course), but that people who have frequent sex tend to live longer and have healthier hearts and lower rates of certain cancers. These studies also show that men with an active sex life have healthier sperm, and sexually active women have fewer menopause symptoms."


  2. Erich Vieth says:

    More information that having sex is important for staying healthy:

    "[M]en who indulge in regular lovemaking are up to 45 per cent less likely to develop life-threatening heart conditions than men who have sex once a month or less… [S]ex in some forms has a physical activity component that might directly serve to protect cardiovascular health…

    An earlier study at the National Cancer Institute in the US showed men who ejaculated through sex or masturbation at least five times a week were much less likely to get prostate cancer.

    And sex once or twice a week in winter can boost the immune system and reduce the chances of catching colds and flu, according to researchers at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania.

    The above is from an article in the U.K. Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6950

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