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From burning calories to boosting your immune system, here are 5 ways scientists have found sex can enhance your health.

1. Sex protects your heart

1. Sex protects your heart
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Men who make love once a month have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease over men who have nookie at least twice a week.

2. Passion relieves pain

2. Passion relieves pain
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Your pain threshold can leap by up to 74 per cent as you reach orgasm.

3. Sex burns calories

3. Sex burns calories
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It’s the equivalent of a 1km walk followed by a climb up two flights of stairs.

From burning calories to boosting your immune system, here are 5 ways scientists have found sex can enhance your health.

4. Making love reduces stress

4. Making love reduces stress
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Volunteers who’d had intercourse were least stressed, with blood pressure returning to normal faster.

5. Intimacy boosts your immune system

5. Intimacy boosts your immune system
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Having sex once or twice a week may result in higher levels of an antibody called IgA, which protects against infections.

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