8 surprising reasons why sex is good for you

Here are great reasons to make sex a regular fixture on your schedule (even when you aren’t in the mood).

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It’s not rocket science ― sex plays an important role in enhancing and maintaining a loving relationship between you and your spouse.

Explains Eros Coaching clinical sexologist Dr Martha Tara Lee, “Oxytocin, in particular, a hormone released during and after sex, has been shown to make women bond, trust and also feel more generous towards their partners.”

Another neurotransmitter — serotonin — functions like an antidepressant making people smile and feel happy and relaxed after intercourse. Dr Lee says, “Sex contributes to our well-being, enhances emotional attachment and facilitates intimacy in our relationships.”

“We can get so goal-oriented that we may be rushing the process of having sex that we can forget to enjoy ourselves.”

So, why aren’t couples having sex more often? An obvious reason is stress, which can affect your performance in the bedroom. The pressure to conceive can lead to added stress for you and your spouse. Besides, after a long day in the office, all you probably want to do is hit the sack, forget any co-curricular activities with the significant other.

For some couples, an inability to have an orgasm could be affecting your decision to make love. Dr Lee points out, “We can get so goal-oriented that we may be rushing the process of having sex that we can forget to enjoy ourselves.”

Ironically, feeling pressured about achieving an orgasm can lead to you not having one. Dr Lee stresses, “Being concerned about what is “supposed” to work or is “normal” is a good way to prevent yourself and your partner from just appreciating [sex].”

You shouldn’t get fixated on an “optimal” frequency for sex, either. Dr Joe Lee, consultant at Department of Urology, National University Hospital, says “It is important that the frequency of sex is adequate in meeting both partner’s expectations for intimacy, so as to achieve better mental well-being.”