Sex good for age­ing women but not old men

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FRE­QUENT, sat­is­fy­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­ity poses car­dio­vas­cu­lar risks for older men – but reg­u­lar or­gas­mic sex could ac­tu­ally pro­tect age­ing women from cer­tain health prob­lems, re­searchers an­nounced.

“These find­ings chal­lenge the widely held as­sump­tion that sex brings uni­form health ben­e­fits to ev­ery­one,” said Hui Liu lead author of the large-scale study.

Re­searchers an­a­lysed na­tional sur­vey data from 2204 peo­ple, aged 47 to 85. They found that fe­male par­tic­i­pants who “found sex to be ex­tremely plea­sur­able or sat­is­fy­ing” were less likely to de­velop hy­per­ten­sion than those who found it less so.

The fe­male sex hor­mone re­leased dur­ing or­gasm could also ben­e­fit women’s health, Ms Liu said.

On the flip­side, men who had sex once or more a week were at a higher risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems.

“Strik­ingly, we find that hav­ing sex once a week or more puts older men at a risk for ex­pe­ri­enc­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar events that is al­most two times greater than older men who are sex­u­ally in­ac­tive,” said Ms Liu. –

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