Sex as an Immunity Booster

18 Sep 19:41h

We live in a culture which does not have a healthy attitude to sex at all. The pressures, particularly on women, not to have sex, to set a high premium on virginity and to link sexual activity with character and morality means that women routinely deny themselves sexual pleasure. It is important to change that culture and for women to experience the pleasures and health benefits of sex.

Heterosexual men too are denied sex, not least because women are not willing to have sex outside marriage. Casual sex is a taboo and circumstances and spaces are sparse.

In this unhealthy culture, it is difficult to even think of sex, let alone enjoy it without fear and guilt and all sorts of unnecessary baggage.

Yet it is well-known that sex is good for you. It makes you feel good and it feels really good. It is the expression of love for another body, another mind and consensual sex is one of the most beautiful acts of union between humans.

Less known is the fact that it is good for your health. Apart from reducing blood pressure, chances of heart attack, releasing dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin (known as the happy hormones that bust stress as you are turned on by the imminent act of sex) and many other benefits, having more sex has benefits for both men and women. If it lowers the chance of prostate cancer in men and increases male mortality, in women it releases endorphins and serotonin which lessens menstrual cramps and reduces pains and headaches and potentially protect you against endometriosis, among other things.

Among those other things are: sex is good exercise (especially when Covid-19 has limited our ability to walk in open spaces, work out in gyms and do exercise), it improves sleep (especially when how crazy the world has become is preventing you from sleeping well) and it reduces stress (and we all know how stressed out we are in these times).

Most importantly, however, and even lesser known, is that sex actually boosts your immune system.

While having sex, one’s body produces higher levels of immunoglobulin (IGA), an antibody which helps prevent colds and flus where those germs most often enter the body, through mucosal linings.

In the time of a virus which is doing just that, sex becomes one of the ways to fight back. Having more sex – safe sex, of course – is actually one of the ways to beat this virus.

While we are not claiming that it is a cure to coronavirus, it does produce antibodies which boost immunity against symptoms of cold and flu which are among the symptoms of the virus. While people scramble on the internet looking for immunity boosters, one is sitting right home where you are, which is getting hot and sweaty with your partner.

So, one productive and pleasurable way to spend your time and dealing with a locked down and slowed down world, is to enjoy slow and languorous (or rough and acrobatic) sex. Not only will it make you happy, it will also keep you safe. Meanwhile to protect yourself from getting STIs, HIV or Unplanned pregnancy use Non Toxic Condoms like Bleu.

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