It turns out that frolicking around in the bed is actually good for you! According to California-based obstetrician-gynaecologist Dr Sherry Ross, few things in life are better for people's hearts, bodies and souls than getting intimate between the sheets.
It turns out that sex helps in everything, from burning calories to boosting the immune system and even fighting the signs of ageing. And according to a story published in Daily Mail., it is even a natural painkiller and could help combat insomnia
Here nine ways, proven by science, being active between the sheets boosts people's health and well being.
Burns calories: According to researchers from the University of Quebec at Montreal women burn, on average, 69.1 calories when they have sex for just under 25 minutes.
Boosts the immune system: According to a study by Indiana University, researchers found that women with healthy sex lives produce higher levels of antibodies, which helps fight off infections.
Prevents incontinence: For women suffering from urinary incontinence, which is common after childbirth, incorporating Kegel exercises into sex life can strengthen pelvic floor and improve bladder control, according to Dr Ross.
Natural painkiller: Contracting genital muscles generate a pleasurable feeling that can reduce the discomfort of menstrual cramps, headaches and joint pain, according to Dr Ross. Furthermore, tracking menstrual cycle and scheduling in an orgasm before first period could prevent crippling discomfort.
Aids insomnia: After an orgasm, endorphins and the hormone prolactin are released, which relax the body and mind to promote sleep, Dr Ross claims.
Boosts pregnancy chances: Researchers from the Kinsey Institute and Indiana University found women who have sex when not ovulating create an environment in their wombs that make it more hospitable for growing embryos.
Improves mental health: According to the sex therapist Vanessa Marin, skin-to-skin contact releases oxytocin, which is also known as the 'cuddle hormone', this helps reduce anxiety and stress, while promoting feelings of closeness.
Prevents wrinkles: Yes, you heard it right! In 2013, UK-based neuropsychologist Dr David Weeks questioned more than 3,500 people about their sex lives over 10 years and found out that people who have regular, healthy sex lives look up to seven years younger than people who do not get intimate two-to-three times a week.
Makes you brainier: According to a study published in the Journals of Gerontology, sexually-active older adults perform better in verbal and visual tests.