What’s Your Magic Sex Number?

Who knew sex had so many added benefits? The more often you have it, the better you'll feel!
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4 Days a Week: For Your Skin

Couples who do it routinely look four to seven years younger (per study subjects asked to guess couples’ ages) than those who have less sex, scientists at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland report. Could be because sex produces human growth hormone, which may lower body fat and smooth complexion, the study authors say.

5 Days a Week: For Your Outlook

Frequent sex is linked with increased optimism, energy, focus and creativity. So even when you’re not rolling around in the sack, you could feel more positive and have a happier relationship. Plus, all that focus and motivation could help you perform better at work, Fisher says.

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6 Days a Week: For Your Brain

To be a smarty pants, you gotta drop your pant…as many times as possible. High-five if you get to six, but even one booty sesh is good for your smarts. When you have sex, it increases blood flow to the brain, releasing hormones that may enhance your intellectual capacity, according to Barb DePree, M.D., an ob/gyn in Holland, Michigan. And get this: It might even create new brain cells!

7 Days a Week: For Your Mood

We’re impressed if you’re doing it every day. Wow. Even if you’re not, though, getting down can help you de-stress. “Regular sex can reduce anxiety,” possibly because of the endorphins it produces, says Jonathan R. Cole, M.D., an internist in Westlake Village, California.

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