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I have been a registered nurse, nurse practitioner and most importantly a patient advocate for over 20 years. I have worked in hospitals, homes and as a private consultant, always teaching patients how to speak up for themselves and to make well informed healthcare decisions that are right for them and help them to avoid all types of Medical Errors. The many things I have seen in healthcare led me write "What Did the Doctor Just Say." In it are all the steps every patient needs to take to remain safe in the healthcare system and avoid medical errors. My personal goal is help to save 100,000 people from the horrors of a medical error and I wrote What Did the Doctor Just Say? to help make that happen.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Doctor Just Said, I Should Have More Sex

In this excellent post from MamaHealth.com the author
gives a very good synopsis of the benefits of having
sex. In fact most experts now say that people who have
sex twice per week enjoy all the benefits in this posting
and many, many more.

Sex Relieves Stress
Studies show that one of the biggest health
benefit of sex is lower blood pressure and
overall stress reduction. When you decrease
stress levels you also decrease cravings for
fatty and sweet foods which aids in weight
reduction and improving diabetes by decreasing the amount of those types of foods you eat

Sex Can Decrease Feelings of Depression
Having sex increases the bodies level of serotonin the chemical that modulates
feelings of depression. Currently depression is the number one cause of disability
in the western world.

Boosts Immunity
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked
with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin
A or IgA. This antibody helps protect you from getting
colds and other infections.

Sex Burns Calories
Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more.
It may not sound like much, but it adds up. A
vigorous bout burns some 200 calories. This is about the same as running 15
minutes on a treadmill or playing a spirited game of squash. Muscular contractions
during intercourse work the pelvis, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck and thorax.
Sex also boosts production of testosterone, which leads to stronger bones and
muscles.

Sex Increases Blood Flow
When we are aroused our blood starts pumps at a quicker rate and,
thus, blood flow to our brainincreases. The fresh supply of blood pumping
through your body provides the organs with a healthy dose of oxygen and
rids the body of old and wasteful products.

Sex Keeps you Young
Sex keeps you looking and feeling younger. Research alco indicates that
sex may lead to shinyhair, a glowing complexion and bright eyes. This is
because sex increases the youth-promoting hormone DHEA.

Sex Improves Intimacy
Having sex and orgasms increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, the
so-called love hormone, which helps us bond and build trust. Higher oxytocin
has also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So if you're feeling suddenly
more generous toward your partner than usual, credit the love hormone.

Sex Reduces Pain
As levels of the hormone oxytocin increases, endorphins increase, and
pain declines. In women, sex also prompts production of estrogen, which
can reduce the pain of PMS.

All of that sounds good but what about the folks who don’t have a partner to have sex with, are they to live in pain, depressed, suffering with PMS, high blood pressure and rapidly aging. In tomorrows post I will discuss how to get the benefits of having sex without actually having sex.

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