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    10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex

    The perks of sex extend well beyond the bedroom.
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    9. Improves Sleep

    You may nod off more quickly after sex, and for good reason.

    “After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness" after sex, says Sheenie Ambardar, MD. She is a psychiatrist in West Hollywood, Calif.

    10. Eases Stress

    Being close to your partner can soothe stress and anxiety.

    Ambardar says touching and hugging can release your body's natural “feel-good hormone.” Sexual arousal releases a brain chemical that revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward system.

    Sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem and happiness, too, Ambardar says. It’s not only a prescription for a healthy life, but a happy one.

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