Sexuality and longevity

Sexuality and longevity: the role of sex in health and vigour as we age


Ageing is an inevitable process that we all face, but the way we experience it can vary significantly depending on a number of factors, including our sex life. Numerous studies have shown that sex can have a positive impact on health and longevity, acting as a powerful ally in the quest for a long and healthy life.

Sex and physical health

Sex is a physical activity that involves multiple body systems During sex, the heart and lungs work harder, which can improve cardiovascular health. In addition, sex improves the immune system, making us less prone to common illnesses such as flu and colds. Regular sexual activity can also improve overall fitness and muscle strength. This regular exercise reduces pain, relieves tension and can be an effective tool to prevent cardiovascular disease. It also improves the skin, thanks to increased blood flow and the release of toxins through sweat.

Psychological benefits of sex

Sex not only benefits the body, but also the mind. The release of endorphins during sex helps reduce stress and improve mood. These feel-good hormones act as natural painkillers and can improve the quality of sleep, thus promoting optimal physical and mental recovery. Sex may also play a crucial role in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementi Maintaining an active sex life can help keep the brain active and healthy.

Impact on longevity

The impact of sex on longevity is remarkable. A study conducted by the BMJ as part of the Caerphilly Cohort Study found that men who had orgasms more frequently (twice a week or more) were 50% less likely to die than those who had orgasms less than once a month. ( Psychology Today )​.

The Longevity Project, a study over 20 years, found that women who had a higher frequency of orgasm tended to live longer than their less sexually satisfied peers. ( Psychology Today )​. In addition, the University of Chicago study showed that an active sex life in later life is associated with better health and longevity. ( University of Chicago News )​.

Immune system

Wilkes University found that people who had sex once or twice a week had significantly higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA), a crucial marker for immune system function, compared to those who had sex less frequently. ( Psychology Today )​.


Challenges to maintaining an active sex life

However, many women and men experience a significant decrease in libido due to various factors. From the age of 35 onwards, a decline in hormone production begins, which can affect sexual desire. This phenomenon, combined with overweight, stress and lack of self-esteem, causes a significant part of the population to accept a decrease in or avoid sexual relations. This situation not only affects our sex life, but also has a negative impact on our health, vigour, joy, energy and longevity. Maintaining an active sex life is crucial to preserving these vital aspects of our overall health and well-being.

Curious aspects of sex and longevity

Research has found interesting facts about sex and health. For example, one study showed that sex can be a natural painkiller, helping to relieve headaches. In addition, it has been observed that people who have more sex tend to have more radiant and youthful skin, probably due to increased blood circulation and the release of feel-good hormones. So as well as being pleasurable, sex can help you look and feel better!

Importance of hormone balance in a longevity plan

In a longevity and anti-ageing plan, hormone balancing must be included, as well as exercise and personalised nutrition, among other actions. Keeping these factors in balance can help improve libido and maintain an active and healthy sex life, thus contributing to better overall health and longevity.


Sex is not only an essential part of a healthy and fulfilling life, but can also be a powerful tool in the quest for longevity and vigour as we age. It improves our physical and mental health, strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and promotes sleep, as well as protecting against cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. In short, having more sex can be one of the keys to a longer and healthier life.

If you want to improve your health and longevity, consider integrating an active and satisfying sex life into your routine. You will not only be enjoying the pleasures of the moment, but also investing in a healthier and happier future.

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Dr Carmen Romero