Kinky Sex Has Health Benefits Like You Wouldn't Believe

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Just the other day, we told you about women admitting that they, in fact, want even more kinky sex in the bedroom. And, while we're not ones to tell you how to get down and dirty, it might be worth listening to what women say they prefer—especially when it comes to sex.

For those looking for more reasons to get a little freakier in the sack, how about the health benefits that kinky sex allegedly bring? Yeah, that might be something worth knowing, right?

Well, here you go, because we've gathered some info from professionals via DailyMail and MedicalDaily, who reveal why kinkier sex can keep you healthier.

Reduces Stress Levels

We all know that, yes, sex decreases sex for a number of different reasons, but did you know that kinky sex helps you stay happier even more? According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that couples engaging in BDSM activities had lower levels of cortisol, while also reporting lower psychological stress.

Increases Communication

Unsurprisingly, when a couple—or couples—are going at it with toys and other things to improve their sex life, trust and communication is key. After all, you want to make sure that whatever you're about to stick up somewhere is OK and isn't going to hurt them. For that reason, couples who practice BDSM tend to be more aware and communicative about sexual desires, knowing the importance of "safe words" and such. According to psychotherapist Dr. Jeffrey Sumber, "BDSM friendly couples require impeccable communication whereas many mainstream relationships communicate about their sexuality as a result of 'inflammation' or challenges that arise. For a BDSM relationship to thrive, it must rely on a foundation of transparency and effective interaction."

Stronger Mental Health

Naturally, it takes someone self-aware and confident to take their sexual experiences to another level. For that reason, studies have found that people who practice BDSM behavior tend to be mentally self-assured, strong and healthy. More specifically, a 2013 study found BDSM participants to be less neurotic, more extroverted, more open to new experiences, more conscientious, less rejection sensitive, with higher subjective well-being than 'vanilla' couples, per the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Encourages Fidelity

According to the aforementioned Dr. Jeffrey Sumber, BDSM can actually "dissuade many people from cheating or acting out of integrity," because of the trust, emotional space and energy that both partners put into such a relationship. He supports his theory by adding that both partners take seriously the bond and "safety and trust" that comes along with such a relationship.

Expands Intimacy

Trust with a significant other during BDSM activity is imperative, so, naturally, that trust turns into a heightened sense of intimacy, as well, so says Patricia Johnson, award-winning co-author of Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy, and Long-term Love.

"“If someone is going to bind your wrists or tie you to a Saint Andrew’s cross and flog you, there has to be a high level of trust at work. This is also why you should seek instruction before trying anything but the mildest forms of kinky play.”

Supporting Johnson's claim is a 2009 study from the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, which found that people who admitted to kinkier sexual activities showed an increase in relationship closeness.

DailyMail, MedicalDaily

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