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5 Surprising Reasons to Have More Sex Tonight

Sex Cures Headaches

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You know the classic excuse, “Not tonight honey, I have a headache?” Well, a headache may actually be a legit reason to get it on, not tune out. A study in the journal Cephalalgia found that many people suffering from migraines or cluster headaches reported a decrease in post-coital brain pain. Sixty percent of migraine sufferers experienced relief when they had sex during a migraine and about a third of people with cluster headaches reported partial relief afterward. Researchers suggest that the rush of endorphins that occurs during sex may have a natural pain-killing effect on the brain. So while sex may be the last thing on your mind when a headache strikes, give it a go before cracking open the Excedrin. (Another good reason to hit the sack? To try these 5 Moves to Orgasm Tonight.)

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Sex Makes You Smarter

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University of Maryland researchers recently discovered that sexual activity in mice and rats improves mental performance and increases the production of new neurons in the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with learning and memory. Rodents who regularly got frisky (how’s that for a mental image?) experienced a boost in the number of cells and connections between cells throughout the brain. In critters and humans, sex may buffer against the toll chronic stress takes on brain cells, according to researchers in Korea, providing yet another reason to avoid a dry spell.

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Sex Strengthens Your Marriage

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Does frequent sex make you happier in your marriage or does a happy marriage lead to more frequent sex? A University of Tennessee study may have the answer—at least if you have a neurotic personality (how to tell: you get upset or irritated easily, change your mood often, or frequently worry). Researchers found that neurotic partners who knocked boots frequently felt happier in their relationship. What gives? Neuroticism is a known risk factor for divorce, since the trait can make you feel less satisfied in your bond, but regular intercourse—at least once per week—can make you feel more connected to your partner. As a result, it may actually wipe away what researchers dub the ‘happiness deficit’ that neurotic spouses frequently have. As for non-neurotic couples? Marital satisfaction and frequency of sex weren’t as closely related. Still, it never hurts to stay connected, no matter what your personality type. (On your way down the aisle? Here are 5 Non-Cliché Ways to Announce Your Engagement.)

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Sex Fights Depression

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How's this for a natural remedy? Your man’s swimmers are like mini antidepressants. Researchers found that women who regularly have unprotected sex are significantly less likely to be depressed than women who use condoms. One reason? Semen contains mood-boosting chemicals such as oxytocin, melatonin, prolactin, and serotonin, which your body absorbs through both oral and vaginal sex. Of course, the risks of STDs and unwanted pregnancy outweigh any potential mental benefits, so this might not be reason to kick condoms out of the bedroom (but it sure is surprising!)

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Sex Prevents Colds

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When it comes to fending off viruses, it appears there’s a sex sweet spot: People who have sex once or twice per week have higher levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A (IgA) compared with people who have sex less often, according to researchers at the Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania. IgA is your body’s first line of defense against cold-causing bugs. How sex safeguards your immune system is still TBD, but it offers a new tool to your cold-fighting arsenal this season. (Now that you know the benefits, here are 9 Ways to Sex Up Your Relationship.)

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