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How much sex is good for you – doctors recommend appropriate dosage


ENCOMIUM Weekly presents health benefits of sex and much of it is enough for married couples. We also sampled opinions of married couples and health workers.

It has been discovered that safe and healthy sex offers physical, intellectual, emotional and social benefits. It also helps boost the immune system, from burning calories to cancer prevention. Having sex regularly makes you feel closer to your partner.

It’s a form of exercise

Sex helps to boast your heart beat burn calories and strengthen muscles, just like exercise. Research revealed that during sex men burn about four calories a minute while women burn three calories a minute. This helps maintain your flexibility and balance.

Pain relief

Sexual activity releases pain-reducing hormones and has been found to help reduce or block back and leg pains. One study even found that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and cluster headache patients. It also reduces arthritis.

Reduces menstrual pain with fewer cramps

Research has shown that sex helps reduce menstrual cramps and also menstrual pain. Having sex few days to your menstrual cycle helps the neck of the uterus open up, so that during menstruation when the uterus contracts, it will reduce cramps.

Fewer colds

There is nothing sexy about sneezing, wheezing or that running-nose look. But getting hot and bothered can help you avoid coming down with the sniffles. People who have sex often were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin.

These antibodies help combat diseases and keep the body safe from cold and flu. So, serve up your sick days and use them as sex day

Lower blood pressure

Sexual activity and specifically intercourse, is linked to better stress response and lower blood pressure.

Heart health

Men who make love regularly (at least twice a week) were 45 percent less likely to develop heart diseases than those who did so once a month or less according to study. Sexual activity not only provides many of the same benefits to your heart as exercise but also keeps levels of estrogen and testosterone in balance, which is important for heart health.

May help reduce risk of prostrate cancer

Research has shown that men who ejaculate at least 21 times a month (during sex o masturbation) have a lower risk of prostate cancer.

Improve sleep

After sex, the relaxation-inducing hormone prolactin is released, which may help you to nod off more quickly. The ‘love hormone’ oxytocin, released during orgasm, also promote sleep.

Boost your libido

The more often you have sex, the more likely you want to keep doing it. There is amental connection and also a physical one, particularly for women. More frequent sex helps to increase vaginal lubrication, blood flow and elasticity, which in turn make sexual activity more enjoyable.

Improve bladder control in women

Intercourse helps to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which contract during orgasm. This can help women to improve their bladder control and avoid incontinence. You can boost this benefit even more by practicing kegel exercises during sex.

A kegel squeeze is performed by drawing your lower pelvic muscles up and holding them up high and tight, as if you are trying to stop a flow of urine.

Stress relief

Sex triggers your body to release its natural feel good chemicals, helping to ease stress and boost pleasure, calm and self esteem. Research also shows that those who have sexual intercourse responded better when subjected to stressful situations like speaking in public.

A youthful glow

Those who enjoy lots of nooky with a steady partner four times a week, on average were perceived to be seven to 12 years younger than their actual age. Regular sex promotes the release of hormones including testosterone and estrogen, which can keep the body looking young and vital.

Estrogen has also been shown to promote soft skin and shiny hair. So, get busy to get gorgeous.

Increase intimacy and improves your relationship

Sex and orgasm result in increased levels of the hormone oxytocin. The ‘love’ hormone that helps you feel bonded to your partner and better experience empathic connections.


Doctor Adejuwon

How often should a couple have sex?

A minimum of three times a week. We should look at how long the sperm can last in a woman’s body, it takes 48 hours. If they are looking at having a baby, at least three times a week.

When is sex too much?

For married couple, it can never be too much. Sex is for procreation and pleasure.

Is there any effect when sex is more or less?

You can only see the effect when it is less. There wouldn’t be pregnancy. That is the only negative effect, there is no other effect.

What are the health benefits of sex?

I can’t think of any now, it can lower blood pleasure anyway.

Dangers of sex?

If the couple is involved in unsafe sexual practices, it can be dangerous. Having unprotected sex oo can cause sexually transmitted disease.


Dr. A. O. Azzun

How often should a couple have sex?

There is no particular number of times a couple should have sex. It all depends on what they are having sex for. Is it for pregnancy or just for marital bliss? If it is for marital bliss, there is no limit or recommendation. It depend on how many times they deem fit and how long their strength can carry them.

If it is for conception, it is recommended to have sex about three or four times a week without the use of contraceptives.

What are the health benefits of sex?

Psychologically, when you have sex, you feel happy, after sex, you are just generally good and its effects every part of you.

Can sex pose any danger?

There is no danger in having sex and there is nothing like too much sex as long as the couple are comfortable.


Dr. Rose Akinwekomi

How long should a couple have sex?

Three to four times in a week. Some may prefer to have it more often but at least three to four times is okay.

What are the health benefits of having sex?

It has a lot of benefits. Some people go to bed with headache, I advise them to have sex, they wouldn’t wake up with it.

How much sex can be dangerous to health?

I don’t think sex can be dangerous to health unless it is a forceful one.


Mrs. Adewunmi owonikoko

How long should a couple have sex?

That can best be determined by the two of them. They can be in the mood at any time. You can’t give sex a time table.

Do you think sex can be dangerous to health?

I don’t think so. It is only when a man rape his wife.

What are the advantages of having sex?

I believe it keeps the family together. It bound couples and keeps their love glowing.


Mr. Chris Alozie

How long should a couple have sex?

I think you should have sex three times a week. It encourages bounding, companionship.

Do you think sex can be dangerous to health?

Yes, it can be dangerous if there are underling sex issues. For instance, if the man is hypertensive, or if he has any serious health challenge, sex should not be often.

What are the advantages of having sex?

If encourage bounding, companionship procreation.


Mr. Alaba Kazeem

How long should a couple have sex?

Once a week.

Do you think sex can be dangerous to health?

No, sex can’t kill but only enhances physical and mental health.

What are the advantages of having sex?

It brings you closer to your partner.



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