Body and Mind-Sex and Stress

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Have you ever wondered that the role of testosterone in enhancing libido and enhancing erections in men cannot be its only role. It has been blamed for excess hair loss. This hormone is secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females, although men produce more of it. Stress can also inhibit its biosynthesis and hence leading to decreased levels of testosterone secretion. Some goods news has recently emerged. Recent studies have shown that to keep stress at bay you should frequently engage in penetrative sex. Unfortunately many people from all walks of life find that under stress, they do not have the desire to have sex and even creates undesirable side effects such as sexual dysfunction. 

A brilliant study (Biological Psychology, volume 71, page 214) showed that sex but more preferably intercourse is much more effective in combating stress then other sexual activity such as masturbation. As intercourse is more linked with less blood pressure and less stress this cause’s better psychological and physiological function. Also orgasms for women during penile-vaginal intercourse are better for physiological behavior but not so much for orgasm during other sexual activities. As some of us are nervous about speaking in public or stage fright as its commonly called are being recommended to have sex (not on the stage of course) for the stress calming effect.

It is thought when a couple makes love the neurotransmitter oxytocin released relaxes the body and decreases blood pressure hence also preventing stress. Oxytocin is secreted by the brain and other organs including the ovaries and testes. It is believed that oxytocin is significantly decreased during this stress and infusion of the hormone relieves stress in animal models thereby suggesting a role in regulating some physiological responses to stress.