Like the rest of America's female population, we'll be standing in line for "Sex and the City 2" this weekend.
And while we can't wait to see what Carrie and the rest of the gang are up to, we're especially looking forward to checking out Samantha's latest sexcapades. While we obviously don't endorse having one-night stands all around town (even if you're using protection), all the action she gets does provide some serious health benefits.
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Here are 10 reasons why Samantha's active sex life is a boon for her overall health (assuming you haven't already been bombarded to death by all the "SATC2" coverage):
1. It could stave off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Scientists from the University of Calgary in Alberta found that sex increases levels of prolactin, a chemical that fuels brain-cell growth.
2. It gives her a jolt of joy. Regular romps are linked to higher levels of overall bliss, according to the Scandinavian Journal of Economics. Increase frequency to weekly (assuming you're in a committed relationship, of course) and reap the same mood elevation you get from a $50,000 raise.
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3. Variety keeps her engaged emotionally. Experimenting with different positions not only keeps things exciting in the bedroom but also "fulfills your many physical and emotional needs, allows you to express different aspects of your personality and enables you to grow sexually as a couple," explains Ian Kerner, a sex and relationship therapist in New York City.
4. It gives her insta-enrgy. Having spontaneous, speedy sex, say, on your lunch break ("Honey, meet me at home in 20 minutes") can be a great stress reliever. "There's no better way to break up an otherwise monotonous day," says Amy Levine, a certified sexual educator in New York City. "Once you get back to work, you'll be totally fired up for the rest of the afternoon."
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5. It can help heal a relationship hiccup. After an argument, a little makeup sex can be a fantastic bonding experience. The hormone that's produced during sex, oxytocin (aka The Cuddle Hormone) can help facilitate reconciliation. "Making love after a fight helps put you in a much more forgiving mood," Kerner says. "It can create a willingness to resolve things with each other." Obviously, you don't want this to be a regular routine -- and it doesn't replace talking it out -- but the occasional I'm-sorry-honey romp followed by a night of spooning certainly makes it hard to stay angry!
6. It keeps her sex drive humming. If you're single and going through a dry spell, a solo session isn't dirty or wrong. In fact, masturbation is a healthy ingredient even if you're in a committed long-term relationship. Studies show DIY-ing it can reduce stress, encourage sleep, and help you and your partner have better chemistry when you are together. Plus, the longer women go without an orgasm, the less they want it over time. That's because orgasms produce testosterone, the same hormone that drives us to want sex in the first place!
7. Sex can ward off colds. Couples who do it weekly see about a 30 percent hike in immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights infection, according to a study from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
8. It's good for her heart. A roll in the hay lowers blood pressure and reduces your chance for developing heart disease, says Daniel G. Amen, M.D., author of Sex on the Brain and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body.
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9. It may make her more fertile. "Weekly sexual intimacy delays the decline of estrogen as you get older and can enhance fertility," says Winnifred Cutler, Ph.D., founder of the Athena Institute in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
10. It keeps her in shape. You can burn up to 200 calories during a 30-minute romp.
Are you planning to check out SATC 2? Let us know what you think.
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