Is it healthy to have sex? Is daily sex healthy? Experts answer Googled questions about sex

Is it healthy to have sex? Is daily sex healthy? Experts answer Googled questions about sex

Sex: Ever Googled it? 

From searches about the potential health benefits of sexual activity to why you or a partner may feel pain during or after sex, you probably have Googled something about sex. But did you get the answers that you needed? USA TODAY asked experts to answer six commonly searched questions on Google about sex. 

Some of the answers differ depending on a person’s gender, age, sexual orientation and a host of other factors. Answers may also change based on the kind of sexual activity people are engaging in with a partner. 

Here’s what you need to know.

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Dr. Jewel Kling, chair of the division of women’s health internal medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona, told USA TODAY that “sexual health is an important part of health.”  

Research has shown that sex can boost chemicals in your brain that promote feelings of happiness and lower feelings of pain and stress, among other health benefits, according to multiple reports. 

A study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found sex may be associated with reducing risk for heart disease, and research in the British Journal of Cancer found it may reduce the risk of cancer. 

Dr. Jewel Kling, chair of the division of women’s health internal medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona
Regular physical activity is very important for good health. For people that are sexually active, and on a regular basis, likely that’s contributing to their physical activity.

Kling also noted that “regular physical activity is very important for good health. For people that are sexually active, and on a regular basis, likely that’s contributing to their physical activity.”  

And sexual activity can release endorphins to support a feeling of intimacy and closeness between partners. 

Also, self-pleasure has health benefits including relieving stress, boosting self esteem and reducing risk for prostate cancer. 

Justin Garcia, executive director of the Kinsey Institute, told USA TODAY that engaging in sexual activity can be healthy “for the most part, but not always.”  

“If sex is occurring under duress, or without consent, it actually can be pretty unhealthy psychologically,” he said. “If sex is forced, that can be unhealthy, both psychologically and physically.”  

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, RAINN offers support through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org).

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