Surprising Ways Sex After 50 Keeps You Healthy

As you get older, you might find that your sex life isn’t what it used to be. But why? There are actually some amazing health benefits to having sex when you’re over 50 — it can even help you live longer.

It can boost your memory

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Sex can boost your memory. | jacoblund/Getty Images

If you’re worried about losing your memory, sex may be a great way to retain it. A study out of McGill University in Montreal showed that those who have sex more have a better memory than those who don’t. Researchers found that sex improved growth of the nervous tissue, which helps with memory performance. However, the study noted that people remember words better but not faces.

Next: It can also be a relief. 

It can be a pain reliever

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Sex can cure headaches. | Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images

Having sex releases oxytocin, which is an endorphin. Endorphins make you feel better both emotionally and physically. When endorphins are released, you’ll feel less physical pain. So if you have a headache you can’t shake, sex could be a great way to cure it. Plus, research has shown sex also helps to improve arthritis pain.

Next: You’ll be amazed at the workout you get. 

It serves as a cardio workout

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Sex is a cardio workout. | Halfpoint/iStock/Getty Images

Anything that gets your heart pumping can be considered a cardio workout, and sex is no exception. The energy you put into it results in increased blood flow, which is good for your cardiovascular system. Studies have shown that frequent sex can prevent heart attacks and coronary problems. If you’re concerned about your heart health, perhaps improving your sex life could help.

Next: It can help with heart health this way, too. 

It may lower blood pressure

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Sex can lower blood pressure. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

In addition to being a good cardio workout, sex can also lower blood pressure. Any form of cardio exercise is good for the blood pressure, and you already know sex falls into this category. Everyday Health says the stress reduction and emotional affect also help to improve your heart health. But if you have underlying heart problems, make sure to get the okay from your doctor first to make sure the workout is safe for you.

Next: Men will be glad to hear it can help prevent this. 

It can help prevent prostate cancer

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Intercourse can prevent prostate cancer. | monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

Research has suggested that men who have sex frequently have a lower risk of prostate cancer. Some experts think this is because sex increases testosterone, which has something to do with how likely a man is to develop the disease. Others suggest consistent ejaculation doesn’t allow carcinogens to remain in the prostate. Regardless, it’s been shown to reduce a male’s risk.

Next: Sex relates to sleep quality. 

You’ll get better quality sleep

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Sex can improve sleep. | Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images

Having sex before bed can help you get a better night’s sleep. It decreases cortisol levels, and since cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, your mind is more at ease after you’ve had sex. Also, sex releases oxytocin, which is that “feel good” hormone that helps us feel happier and more relaxed. Plus, studies suggest that those who don’t get enough sleep have lower sexual satisfaction.

Next: it can reduce signs of this. 

It can reduce visible signs of aging

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Sex can prevent aging. | Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images

Endorphins such as oxytocin are anti-inflammatory molecules that can help you look younger. And when you have sex, oxytocin gets released. Plus, having sex increases estrogen levels, which can help prevent dry skin. And since it promotes a good night’s sleep, your skin is left with a healthier glow.

Next: It helps this, too. 

It can keep your relationship healthy

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Sex can improve relationship quality. | dmbaker/iStock/Getty Images

Sex comes with an emotional connection. And sex in a long-term relationship can be a great way to reestablish that emotional connection with a partner. When you have sex more frequently, your relationship quality improves because of the intimacy factor. Actually, any kind of physical intimacy has been proven to increase marital satisfaction.

Next: It promotes this, which helps a healthy relationship. 

It promotes feelings of trust

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Sex promotes trust. | iStock.com/Ivanko_Brnjakovic

In addition to establishing an emotional connection, intimacy can also create trust. According to Psychology Today, sex increases positive feelings of attachment. Being intimate with your partner can create a sense of trust. And those with more trusting relationships tend to have longer, happier marriages.

Next: Experts suggest it promotes happiness in this way. 

Sex is a form of movement, and those who move more are happier

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Movement is good for your mood. | dmbaker/iStock/Getty Images

Psychology Today suggests that the more you move, the happier you are. A study out of University of Cambridge in England found that those who reported moving around frequently also reported being overall happier people. And the “movement” didn’t have to be a form of exercise to still benefit the person. So if you’re looking for a way to get moving, sex might be the answer.

Next: It can reduce these symptoms. 

It can reduce symptoms of depression

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Sex can reduce depression symptoms. | iStock.com/grinvalds

Sex has also been shown to reduce depression symptoms. This goes back to that release of oxytocin, which gives off those “feel good” vibes. Plus, the reduction in cortisol helps reduce stress as well as feelings of anxiety. Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand, so when the anxiety is low, the feelings of depression might also be reduced.

Next: It improves this. 

It improves self esteem

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Sex can boost confidence. | iStock.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz

Psychology Today suggests that sex can also help improve self-esteem. The feeling of being wanted by another person helps to raise your own self-worth. And since self-worth is such an important part of mental health, the intimacy is a real benefit to your well-being. Having higher self-esteem correlates with being a happier person.

Next: It prevents this, which can help you live longer. 

It prevents loneliness, which prolongs lifespan

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Relationships help you live longer. | Marina113/iStock/Getty Images

A recent study showed that those who spend their lives lonely have a 50% greater chance of an early death compared with those who surround themselves with good social relationships. Your overall well-being is much higher when you have stable relationships in your life. Having a connection with someone on an intimate level can actually improve lifespan.

Next: It reduces this. 

It reduces stress

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Sex reduces stress. | Tomwang112/iStock/Getty Images

During sex, cortisol levels drop. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for controlling stress. The lower the cortisol level, the less stressed you are. Being intimate with your partner is actually a great way to reduce the stress level in your life, so having sex frequently might make you feel more relaxed day to day.

Next: It can help women control this. 

It can help your bladder muscles

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Sex can help with bladder control. | Artfoliophoto/iStock/Getty Images

As women age, it can become more difficult for them to control their bladder. But intercourse is a great pelvic workout, so frequently being intimate can be a great way to help strengthen those muscles. As many as 30% of women will deal with some degree of bladder incontinence in their lives, and sex can be a helpful way to combat it.

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