From burning calories to boosting your immune system, here are 5 ways scientists have found sex can enhance your health.

1. Sex protects your heart

Men who make love once a month have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease over men who have nookie at least twice a week.

 

2. Passion relieves pain

Your pain threshold can leap by up to 74 per cent as you reach orgasm.

 

3. Sex burns calories

It’s the equivalent of a 1km walk followed by a climb up two flights of stairs.

 

4. Making love reduces stress

Volunteers who’d had intercourse were least stressed, with blood pressure returning to normal faster.

 

5. Intimacy boosts your immune system

Having sex once or twice a week may result in higher levels of an antibody called IgA, which protects against infections.

 

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