Ladies, I know the routine. After a long day of chasing kids, meeting deadlines, keeping the house from falling into a biochemical hazard, you so just want to sink into bed with a book and get a good night's sleep before jumping back on the hamster wheel in the morning. Too often we're quick to shut our significant others down who seem to have an insatiable need for sex, no matter what kind of day they had or how insanely exhausted you appear in your boring pajamas.
HOWEVER, according to Web MD, there are ten really good reasons we should be caving it.
1. Helps Keep Your Immune System Humming
Turns out people who are sexually active take less sick days. Maybe this is why rock stars so rarely have to cancel concerts.
2. Boosts Your Libido
They say having sex on a regular basis helps with natural lubrication, blood flow, and elasticity, which make for better sex in general. This one sounds suspiciously like something a man made up, but okay.
3. Improves Women's Bladder Control
A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives. Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.
Sounds much easier than remembering to do those annoying kegels, right?
4. Lowers Your Blood Pressure
As wives, mothers, and girlfriends, who doesn't have high blood pressure?
Sex uses about five calories per minute, four more calories than watching TV. It gives you a one-two punch: It bumps up your heart rate and uses various muscles.
It may not be as productive as running, but you don't have to get dressed and do you hair to go to the gym!
6. Lowers Heart Attack Risk
During one study, men who had sex at least twice a week were half as likely to die of heart disease as men who had sex rarely.
Yeah, okay. Healthy guys make for better partners.
7. Lessens Pain
“Orgasm can block pain,” says Barry R. Komisaruk, PhD, a distinguished service professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. It releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold.
Stimulation without orgasm can also do the trick. “We’ve found that vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain, and many women have told us that genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headache,” Komisaruk says.
8. May Make Prostate Cancer Less Likely
Men who ejaculated frequently (at least 21 times a month) were less likely to get prostate cancer during one study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Again, we all love a healthy man.
9. Improves Sleep
“After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness" after sex, says Sheenie Ambardar, MD. She is a psychiatrist in West Hollywood, Calif.
Okay, I call bullshit on this one, although it does have the effect of a sleeping pill for my husband.
10. Eases Stress
Being close to your partner can soothe stress and anxiety. Ambardar says touching and hugging can release your body's natural “feel-good hormone.” Sexual arousal releases a brain chemical that revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward system.
If this list hasn't convinced you that having more sex is beneficial, trying looking at pictures of hot guys on Pinterest, or watch a movie featuring someone delectable like The Rock or Theo James. Then come read this list again. Eventually you'll come around.