Sex 'cuts public speaking stress'
New Scientist magazine reports that Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley, found having sex can help keep stress at bay.
However, only penetrative intercourse did the trick - other forms of sex had no impact on stress levels at all.
Professor Brody monitored how various forms of sex affected blood pressure levels in a stressful situation.
For a fortnight, 24 women and 22 men kept diaries of how often they engaged in various forms of sex.
Then they underwent a stress test involving public speaking and performing mental arithmetic out loud.
Volunteers who had had penetrative intercourse were found to be the least stressed, and their blood pressure returned to normal faster than those who had engaged in other forms of sexual activity such as masturbation.
Those who abstained from any form of sexual activity at all had the highest blood pressure response to stress.
He said: "A growing body of research shows that it is specifically intercourse, and not other sexual behaviours, whether alone or with a partner, that is associated with a broad range of psychological and physiological benefits.
"And greater frequency of intercourse is associated with greater benefits."
But Dr Bull said: "You are probably better off thinking about what you are going to say, and preparing thoroughly, rather than having sex the previous night."
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