Be Still My Beating Heart: Sex and Your Cardiovascular Health

Published: March 24, 2015

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When we speak of love and romance, our pulses race and our hearts “skip a beat.” But do any of us stop to consider the timeless affinity between sex and heart health?

First, the fundamental question: Is sex good for your heart?

A 2009 study showed that men who have sex infrequently (once a month or less) have a 45 percent increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, compared with men who have sex at least twice a week. The research was conducted in Massachusetts among 1,165 initially healthy men ages 40 to 70, and published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Here again, however, Gavin sounds a note of caution. As in all things sexual, the truth may be more complicated than at first it seems.

“It’s tricky,” he says. “For one thing, most studies rely on self-reported data, which can be unreliable, especially where sex is concerned. And it’s also hard to say whether having sex makes you healthier, or whether healthier people just have more sex.” Indeed.

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