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New Scientist magazine reports that Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley, found having sex can help keep stress at bay. And it helps ones performance in public speaking. But there is a caveat – not all types of sex will work – only Penetrative Sex is the way to good Public Speaking!
Here is what the BBC say on this:
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.
Dr Brody found that the effect remained even after taking differences in personality and other health-related factors into account.
He told the BBC News website it was possible the calming effect was linked to the stimulation of a wide variety of nerves which takes place during heterosexual intercourse, but not other forms of sex.
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