Next week, a colleague of mine and I will be giving an informal lecture on how to create health and longevity. As we were talking about the topics and preparing for our joint lecture I thought about adding a component on how a healthy sex life can improve longevity in both women and men.
In the first section of Daniel Amen’s book "The Brain in Love: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life" he lists several studies about how sex has health advantages. He has a specific section on sex improving longevity. Dr. Amen talks about a study in 1940 conducted by Alfred Kinsey that found that a fulfilling sex life reduced stress, lessened anxiety, as well as violent and hostile behaviors. Additional research attributes those characteristics to a hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin has become affectionately referred to as the cuddle hormone because it helps form strong emotional relationships between men and women. Oxytocin is released from the brain during orgasms from both women and men. However women do release more and that might be the reason that pleasurable memories about sexual experiences for women tend to extend their life span. Men, on the other hand, tend to increase their longevity due to the number of weekly sexual intercourse sessions.
In another study, women were looked at to see the effect sexual satisfaction had on their heart. Sixty-five percent of women who reported having a heart attack also reported dissatisfaction with the quality of the sex in their relationships.
The message I want you to hear about your life is that feeling good, and having pleasure in your life is the key to longevity, especially for women. So find ways to feel good and you will be improving the quality and quantity of your life. Have pleasurable sex--for women that usually includes touching, caressing, and relaxing. The emotional wellness that you feel in your relationship gives women insight into the quality of their sex lives too. The more a women feels good about herself and her life, the better her sex life is.