Its official now. You don't have to be embarrassed by your libido. For the NHS, the UK health authority, suggests that regular sex can help lower the risk of heart attacks and help you live longer!
The NHS Direct website says,
The NHS Direct website says,
"If you've found yourself struggling to slot a fitness regime into your daily routine - forget about jogging round the block or struggling with sit-ups, and get yourself a better workout between the sheets.
Why not warm each other up more often this winter with a good bout of 'sexercise' - one form of exercise that you're guaranteed to want to make time for. Sex uses every muscle group, gets the heart and lungs working hard, and burns about 300 calories an hour.
Also, orgasms can actually make you glow with health. The increased production of the hormones will make your hair shine and your skin smooth.
And if you're worried about wrinkles - orgasms even help prevent frown lines from deepening.
If you're lucky enough to have a healthy sex life, you probably already know that sex can be good for the soul. But a good lovemaking session can do more than make you smile. When we orgasm, chemicals called endorphins are released into the brain - these 'happy hormones' make us feel instantly calmer and banish stress.
Orgasms even release painkillers into the bloodstream, helping keep mild aches and pains at bay, and produce extra oestrogen and testosterone hormones.
These hormones will keep your bones and muscles healthy, leaving you feeling fabulous inside and out."
It goes on to say that sex with a little energy and imagination provides a workout worthy of an athlete, leaving your body tired and in need of a good rest to recharge those batteries.
But as well as that, the post-coital period after sex is a time to completely relax. In fact, following a satisfying session, you could find that what's been playing on your mind has vanished, and you sleep more deeply and restfully.
Sex can actually help you live longer, NHS seems to be convinced. The endorphins released during orgasm stimulate immune system cells, which helps combat illnesses, the website says.
Orgasms also boost your circulation, helping the body rid itself of harmful toxins. Regular sex can even keep your heart healthy and lower your risk of heart attack.
So, you can have a healthier heart, healthier body and calmer mind - all thanks to the healing powers of sex. And you can have lots of fun in the process!
But sexual health experts said such claims could not be scientifically proven.
"It's good to see the NHS are promoting sexual wellbeing," Dr Melissa Sayer told the Guardian newspaper.
"Yes, there is evidence that sex has benefits for mental wellbeing, but to say there is a link with reduced risk of heart disease and cancer is taking the argument too far."
NHS Direct, however, told the paper the content was "backed by science and clinical evidence" and "isn't just a bit of fun".