Sex and intimacy. Who wouldn’t want like a bit more of it in their life? And now there is even more of a reason to turn off the cellphone, turn down the lights and get a little closer. Having sex on a regular basis may in fact be a “therapy” that can help prevent disease, including breast cancer.
Just Say Yes and Live Longer
For decades, studies have shown that people who engage in regular sexual intercourse live a longer and healthier life. This is in large part because of the hormone-balancing effect that having sex (with the right partner, of course) produces. Hormones are powerful. They carry chemical messengers that affect almost all functions of your body, including your Immune System.
So what really happens during sex and orgasm and how does this help prevent cancer?
Here are some facts about what goes on inside your body while you are under the sheets:
- During sex, the “happy” hormone DHEA is released.
- Oxytocin is also released, which counteracts the effects of the stress hormone cortisol and helps to calm nerves.
- Improved sleep, which has been directly linked to higher immune function, is also a side effect of oxytocin.
- According to a 2007 study, having sex at least once per week lessened the frequency of hot flashes in post-menopausal women.
- In addition, sexual stimulation releases endorphins and corticosteroids, according to the Journal of Sex Research. Among other things, these substances can help reduce pain.
- Most significantly, one study proved that women who had sexual intercourse more than once per month had a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who had intercourse less than once per month.
Sex after Diagnosis
But what about having sex after you have been diagnosed with cancer? For many women, the ability to enjoy sex significantly decreases after diagnosis. In addition to the psychological effects of dealing with cancer, many women must deal with the physical side effects of traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Chemotherapy can cause the ovaries to shut down. Early menopause often ensues, along with vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, mood swings and hot flashes. Also, surgery may have removed part of a breast, a whole breast or both breasts. The breasts are an important part of sexual identity for many women.
Don’t despair! You CAN get in the mood again, especially with the help of a few natural therapies. And you CAN enjoy a renewed sexual life, despite Breast Cancer. These days, there are many natural vaginal lubricants on the market. These products have made a world of difference to the sex lives of thousands women going through menopause or early menopause. Do some research and find one that is right for you. Also, set aside some time to talk to your partner about what you are going through.
Your sexuality is an important part of a balanced and healthy life, so embrace your scars and your magnificence. Take the necessary time to nurture yourself─ physically, mentally and emotionally. Remember that a happy sex life creates happy hormones which leads to a happy, healthy life overall.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit http://breastcancerconqueror.com/.