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6 health benefits of sex


In case you needed another reason to get close between the sheets, here's more than a handful.

SexHealth

By Leah Zerbe for Prevention.com

Prevention

Cold and flu season will be here before you know it. Does this mean doctors should be prescribing, well, sex? Actually, it does.

Here are six surprising health benefits of sex that will keep you out of the doctor’s office so you can spend you time doing more…enjoyable things instead.

1. It can boost your immune system

Cold and flu season is approaching, and yes, you’ve probably heard it a million times: Wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you sneeze. (Ditch the ineffective vitamin D supplement, too.) But how about this? Kick your immune system into high gear with biweekly sex sessions.

Researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, found that having sex once or twice a week boosts the immune system. They found a 30 percent increase in immunoglobulin A (IgA) proteins in people who had sex once or twice a week, compared to those who didn’t have sex. IgA proteins act as antibodies, binding to pathogens when they first enter the body and summoning the immune system to destroy them.

To up your own pleasure (and his), practice kegels, which strengthen your pelvic floor and can increase sensation where it matters most.

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