How Many Times a Week Is It Healthy to Have Sex?
Sex is not just fun. Science says it provides incredible health benefits
Sex can repair and extend telomeres, which means that cells live longer and help people feel younger. And shorter telomeres are associated with serious health problems like cancer and heart disease.
Sex is not just fun. Science says it provides incredible health benefits. Sex can reduce stress, improve sleep, reduce blood pressure, and strengthen immunity. New research suggests that good news is not the end: it has been discovered that sex extends life at least once a week.
Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco spent a week with the sex life of 129 mothers who had partners. The participants gave daily reports of their satisfaction with the relationship and partner, and how often they were intimate with them. The researchers also took blood samples from women and analyzed the cells looking for aging indicators.
When scientists compared reports of women with their blood samples, they found a fascinating pattern. Mothers who had sexual intercourse with their partners at least once a week had significantly longer telomeres – a DNA protective cap that determines the lifespan of the cell – from those who did not have sexual intercourse.
Telomers are important for healthy aging
Over time, telomeres break down as a result of poor nutrition, drinking, and natural aging, according to researchers.
But their results suggest that regular sex can repair and extend telomeres, which means that the cells live longer and help people feel younger. The researchers linked shorter telomere with serious health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Sex also affects happiness in the relationship
A slowing down of aging can be a great advantage of sex, as well as establishing greater intimacy with a partner. Although there is no magic formula for the sexual happiness of couples, a study published in the magazine Sexual Behavior Archive in 2017 showed that there is no ideal number of sexual relationships on a weekly basis. The survey, based on data from 1989 to 2014, showed that an average adult enjoys sex 54 times a year – about once a week.
Although this number has dropped slightly since the 1990s, another study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science confirms that once a week the number of sexual relationships that couples need for common happiness in relationships is truly magical.
The study was conducted on more than 30,000 Americans and lasted 40 years and found that couples who had sex more than once a week were not happier than those who had sex only once a week.
– Our results suggest that it is important to maintain an intimate relationship with your partner. But you do not have to have sex every day to maintain that relationship – said Amy Chiuizi, head of research.
Sex once a week is the main number for slowing down aging and strengthening overall happiness.
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