What Role Does Sex Play in Heart Health?

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In January of 2012, the American Heart Association said that sex is associated with an improved quality of life. Not only that, having sex increases the immune system, it decreases inflammation, and it actually helps us in maintaining healthy and loving relationships. If you've had heart disease or you're trying to prevent heart disease, I will tell you, having regular sex with a loving partner, it's part of the deal.

As women get older, sex tends not to be the first thing on their minds, but what studies has shown if women actually just start trying to have sex with their partners, they are actually happy they did it because there is an increase in oxytocin and all these feel good hormones, and it can actually increase your immune system and decrease inflammation in the body. But as we age, and for those women who are in their 70s and 80s, I know you're having sex, but if you don't feel like it, it doesn't mean that close contact in physical touching doesn't give you the same benefits that intercourse does.

Part of being human is really touching each other, loving each other and sex is part of that, so go ahead, just go do it.