ENGLAND - Having sex at least twice a week can cut the risk of heart attack in half, according to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The research found that sex is not associated with an increased risk of stroke in men.
As for women, benefits of sex extend into their ability to bond and become intimate.
Researchers from the Univesity of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina evaluated 59 pre-menopausal women before and after warm contact with their husbands and partners ending in hugs.
They found the more contact, the higher levels of oxytocin, the so-called love hormone.
Orgasms were also found to increase levels of oxytocin in the blood.
Higher oxytocin levls have been linked to a feeling of generosity and tenderness.