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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Levy, LCPC, CST

Can Sex Relieve Stress? Yes, and Here’s How to Make Your Sex Life Work for You

Originally featured in "GoodRx Health"

Can Sex Relieve Stress? Jennifer Levy, LCPC, CST

From scheduling hacks to mindfulness apps, many people are looking for new and efficient ways to manage the stressors of modern life. But what about a stress-relieving activity that’s as old as life itself? We take a look at what science has to say about the health benefits of sex — stress relief and beyond.

Does sex relieve stress?

The short answer is yes. According to Jennifer Levy, a psychotherapist in private practice and certified sex therapist at Northwestern Medicine’s Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, “There are many benefits to engaging in sexual activity with yourself or with a partner.”

Let’s look at the potential for sex to help relieve stress. And how this may have benefits for your physical, mental, and emotional health.


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