FESTIVE FUN: Getting down and dirty is great for your health, especially during the winter
We spoke to sexual health expert Samantha Evans, co-owner of Jo Divine, about how getting frisky during the big freeze can banish winter blues, help you sleep better and even stave off a pesky cold.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, Samantha said: “You may believe that when the temperature drops outside all we want to do is hibernate under the duvet, but having sex during the winter months can boost both our physical and mental health.
“The weather and seasonal changes affect not just our mood but also our desire to have sex.
“Generally we’re stuck inside during the winter months, therefore we spend more time with our partners, leading to enjoying more sex, which in turn offers a range of health benefits you may not even be aware of.”
Here are six sexy benefits of winter romps:
1. Sex boosts your immunity
During the winter months we are generally more susceptible to becoming sick due to being surrounded by other people who cough and sneeze over us in the office, in shops or on public transport.
One easy way to boost your immunity is to have sex.
“Having sex during the winter months can boost both our physical and mental health”
Samantha Evans, sexual health expert
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.
Scientists at Wilkes University in the United States studied 112 university students who kept records of how often they had sex, and also provided saliva samples for the study.
Those who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of IgA, an antibody that could help you avoid a cold or other infections, than other students. It’s also more fun than taking vitamins.
2. Sex helps you sleep
When you turn the central heating on as the mercury drops, it makes the air dry and you may find yourself waking up with a sore throat or stuffy nose, disturbing your sleep. You may also struggle to get to sleep if you feel cold too.
Having sex is a great way to combat these problems.
The oxytocin released during orgasm promotes sleep and post coitally, your brain releases slumber-inducing chemicals like serotonin and opioids that make you feel more relaxed and drowsy.
Cuddling after sex produces oxytocin which creates a sense of relaxation, promoting sleep too.
RED HOT: Getting frisky in winter can boost your mood and immunity
3. Sex makes you feel less stressed
Sex is a great stress reliever. Being cooped up inside in close proximity to other people can be stressful, which can have a negative impact upon your sex life.
Stress can cause a drop in your sex drive and lead to sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness and tightness, all of which can lead to relationship problems, thus creating more stress.
When you feel stressed, your body produces cortisol, blocking the production of testosterone. However, having sex can decrease stress levels and promote a better night’s sleep as well as lowering your blood pressure.
The endorphins produced when you have sex make you feel happy and can promote a feeling of harmony.
6. Winter sex boosts your chances of getting pregnant
Trying to conceive? According to the National Statistics Office, more babies are conceived in December with December 11th being the most fertile of the year, with more babies being conceived on that day than any other day. The most common birthday is September 16th, 40 weeks after 11th December.
This is due to sperm being healthier in winter and early spring than in the summer because the temperature is lower. A study conducted in Israel studied samples from 6,000 men being treated for infertility and found that there was an increase in the number of sperm, with faster swimming speeds and fewer abnormalities in sperm made during the winter.
The research found that these men produced about 70million sperm per millilitre of sperm during the winter, of which 5% of these sperm had faster motility or swimming speed, improving a couple’s chance of becoming pregnant.
This was compared with sperm made during spring which was 60 million sperm per millilitre, of which only 3% were fast swimmers.
It is also thought that couples have more sex during the winter months because there is less to do and they spend less time outside, which may explain why more babies are conceived in the winter months.
So don’t let the dark winter months get you down, cheer yourself and have more sex.