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Sex & Heart Health

Updated: Apr 17, 2021

Having a healthy sex life provides wonderful experiences filled with intimacy, love, and passion between partners. Sex can also provide beneficial elements to an individual's health. Here are a few fun facts that will have you thinking about how you treat your heart.

Burns Calories

Break a sweat! Sex can not substitute the body's need for routine physical exercise, but it does increase the heart's oxygen demands by elevating heart rate and blood pressure creating a similar effect on the body as a light cardio workout.

Decreases Stress & Anxiety

Chill out! During Sex the body releases endorphins and hormones. Dopamine, oxytocin, and several other feel-good hormones are activated in the brain during sex causing the body to experience lower stress and decreased anxiety.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Be Proactive! Several studies have shown men who have sex twice a week or more, are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or heart attacks, opposed to men who have sex approximately once a month. While more men are diagnosed with heart disease, it remains the leading cause of death in women. However, statistics have shown a woman's risk of developing heart disease is decreased at an equivalent rate when participating in sex at the same frequency.

Improved Sleep

Relax! According to adults who sleep less than 7 hours each night are more likely to have health issues such as; high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and heart disease. During sex, the body has a boost in oxytocin, specifically after orgasm, causing feelings of relaxation to be experienced and assisting the body to sleep.


*Pre-existing heart conditions can increase risks and complications during sex. Please discuss all medical-related situations and concerns with a doctor.

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