Health Benefits of Lovemaking

We’ve said many times, and we’ll say it again and again, that “by expressing your love and desire for each other, you are giving thanks to Allah for the wonderful gift of intimacy between you and your spouse.” Lovemaking between spouses is a celebration of Allah’s (SWT) gift, and therefore, is a way by which we worship him.If that alone isn’t enough reason to make love with one’s spouse, Allah has made the celebration of His gift one of the most pleasurable acts in one’s life. On top of this, there is also the procreative aspect of lovemaking, by which we can receive yet more blessings from Allah (SWT) in the form of our children.Yet another purpose of the sexual aspect of life, according to Heba Kotb, is the “ejection of bodily fluids from the body; otherwise suppression or retention of semen can cause various kinds of serious illness.” In other words, sexual act is important to maintaining one’s health.

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The health benefits of making love, however, go beyond simply the ejection of bodily fluids. We’ve shared some of the other great benefits of Allah’s (SWT) gift below.It reduces stressThe exquisite pleasures brought about by the act of intimacy are also accompanies by an intense wave of calm and relaxation. This helps people (especially the men) sleep better at night, and consequently gives them more energy during the day.It boosts immunityHaving sex regularly increases levels of an antibody called immunoglobin A or IgA in the body, which is the stuff that fights off colds and other infections. This means less sick days, and more quality time with your loved ones.For men, it reduces the risk of prostate cancerA study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the frequent release of semen, especially in 20-something men, correlated with a lower risk of getting prostate cancer later in life. There are, of course, other factors that can affect one’s chances, but even with those taken into account, the researchers’ findings still hold true.It May Give You Healthier SkinMost women (and probably more men than you’d think) will love this: sex just might make you more beautiful. Increased blood flow, relief of stress, a surge in hormones, and other factors all lead to a myriad of positive effects on your body; and one of the beneficiaries is your skin. By being intimate with your spouse, you end up, not only feeling good, but looking better too.It boosts hormone productionWe mentioned this in the previous point, but it bears repeating – regular sexual activity leads to an increase in testosterone and estrogen levels. Think these hormones only affect one’s sex drive? Think again. Testosterone is known to fortify bones and muscles, while estrogen protects against heart disease.

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The culmination of the sexual act also triggers the release of oxytocin. This hormone not only promotes trust and deeper bonding, it also acts as a natural painkiller. Don’t be surprised of your backache, headache, arthritis pain, or other discomforts go away after making love with your spouse.We can’t cover all the different health benefits of sex in this (not so) short post, so we’re bound to have missed a few items here and there. The point is that intimacy with your spouse is a wonderful gift from Allah (SWT). Enjoy it and give thanks to Him, and your health just might get a boost too.