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Frequent sexual activity in older adults can boost brain health

Frequent sexual activity in older adults can boost brain health, according to new research from the universities of Coventry and Oxford.

Don’t overlook the benefits of sex. Not only is it fun, pleasurable and extremely intimate, but it is great for your health too.

The new study found that those who engaged in more regular sexual intercourse scored better and cognitive tests.

The participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire, which gauged how often they were having sex.

They were also asked to take cognitive tests that measured things like memory, attention, language, fluency and more.

The participants that engaged in more sexual activity scored higher on the cognitive tests.

Lead researcher Dr Hayley Wright, from Coventry University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, said:

We can only speculate whether this is driven by social or physical elements — but an area we would like to research further is the biological mechanisms that may influence this.

Every time we do another piece of research we are getting a little bit closer to understanding why this association exists at all, what the underlying mechanisms are, and whether there is a ’cause and effect’ relationship between sexual activity and cognitive function in older people.

People don’t like to think that older people have sex — but we need to challenge this conception at a societal level and look at what impact sexual activity can have on those aged 50 and over, beyond the known effects on sexual health and general wellbeing.”

The study showing that frequent sexual activity in older adults can boost brain health was published in The Journals of Gerontology.

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1. “Frequent Sexual Activity Can Boost Brain Power in Older Adults, According to New Study.” Alpha Galileo. Coventry University, n.d. Web. 27 June 2017.
2. “Frequent Sexual Activity Predicts Specific Cognitive Abilities in Older Adults.” The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. Oxford University Press, 21 June 2017. Web. 27 June 2017.

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