WFTX - Many studies have looked at the real health benefits and have found persistently the
positive effects. Sexual activity (simple hugs as well as intercourse) lowers blood pressure and is
overall heart healthy.
Deeper intimacy also has many positive hormone effects. Oxytocin is called the love hormone
and this is released not only with sexual intimacy but again with simple hugging and cuddling.
Oxytocin releases endorphins, the body’s natural morphine chemical which helps improve pain
tolerance. The release of Oxytocin and then Endorphins helps to control headaches, cramps and
other pain situations. Oxytocin also helps improve sleep, overall fitness levels and body image.
Overall there are many positive effects of sexual intimacy, hugging and cuddling. Snuggle up to
your partner tonight and enjoy the bonds that you build with that person. It is wonderful to realize
that in addition to feeling good there are many real positive health benefits.
If you have any questions, fee free to contact Dr. Sal at Dr.Sal@Leememorial.org