There’s a reason why sex can banish arguments, renew a sense of love, and send us skyrocketing into pure bliss with our spouses – It’s a powerful thing!

But for reasons varying from stress to work-exhaustion, many aren’t making love regularly enough to reap its many benefits.

There is no doubt that sex is a fun way to pass the time with the one you love, but there are other reasons why physical affection is important to a healthy relationship. Even something as simple as hugging, giving your partner a massage or cuddling has been proven to increase marital satisfaction.

Don’t let weekly burnout prevent you from having the best intimate connection possible. Here are 6 ways an amazing sex life can improve your marriage.

1. Helps you stay faithful

Any marriage course will tell you that when it comes to maintaining a long-term, happy relationship, remaining faithful is essential.

Infidelity breaks the precious trust you have and can take years to undo such a betrayal. On the other hand, staying faithful to a partner boosts trust, reliability, and relationship happiness.

The oxytocin released during intercourse may play a role in helping men stay faithful to their partners.

In a study about monogamy, men who reported being passionately in love with their spouses were injected with oxytocin and then shown pictures of their spouse, followed by a picture of an equally attractive stranger. The brain responded strongly to the photo of their partner.

Participants also scored their partners significantly higher in attractiveness than they did with the photo of the strangers.

This study indicates that oxytocin “may contribute to romantic bonds by making men perceive their female partner as increasingly attractive and rewarding compared with other women.”

2. Live in the moment together

There are numerous distractions that we live with on a day to day basis. Our smartphones being a major attention-stealer.

Being intimate with your partner allows you to put the cares of the day away, turn off your phone, and enjoy an intimate moment with the one you love the most.

Intimacy is an essential part of any relationship. If your intimacy isn’t where you wish it would be, don’t despair. Our marriage course can help couples reconnect in the privacy of their own home through light touches, eye-contact, and making romantic dates together. Doing such things can deepen your intimacy for the better.

3. Say goodbye to stress

Stress affects us all at one point or another in our lives. The side effects of stress can harm your relationship. Common symptoms of stress include:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of interest in sex/low libido
  • Stomach issues including upset stomach, constipation, nausea, and diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Changes in appetite
  • Emotional withdrawal from others
  • Aches and pains
  • Health problems such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases
  • Nervousness
  • Grinding teeth
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Chronic pessimism

The good news is that sex can do away with stress and help you and your spouse live a more satisfying life together. Yes, studies show that oxytocin incudes anti-stress effects such as the reduction of cortisol levels and of the blood pressure. Oxytocin also increases the body’s pain threshold and promotes healing and growth.

4. Deepens love

There is no doubt that sex is a personal experience for partners. The oxytocin released during acts of physical intimacy (such as holding hands, making love, kissing, and most specifically, orgasm) has been shown to promote bonding between partners.

In a study on satisfaction in marriage, 200 married couples were studied. The results of the research found that couples who are regularly physically satisfie,d report higher levels of love, liking, and satisfaction within the relationship. Thereby, the more you are intimate together, the more likely you are to say, “I love you.”

5. Heightens your emotional intimacy

The longer they are together, the more likely a couple is to emphasize the importance of emotional intimacy over sex.

The good news is, you can have both! The oxytocin associated with sexual intimacy has actually been shown to increase emotional intimacy between partners.

As part of the Flourishing Families Project, 335 married couples were studied. The results found that not only did an increase of sexual activity promote emotional intimacy, but research reveals that “husbands tended to report high levels of relationship satisfaction when their wives reported greater sexual satisfaction.”

6. Gets you talking

And we don’t mean dirty-talking.

When you are intimate with your partner, you are actively communicating with them. You tell them what feels good, what doesn’t, and you exchange physical communication by your reactions to what they are doing.

This communication helps you get to know each other better. Sexual communication is also positively associated with relationship quality and satisfaction in the bedroom. Research shows that greater amounts of communication during lovemaking were associated with an orgasm frequency in women. It also improves communication outside the bedroom.

If you aren’t comfortable communicating with your spouse, your relationship could be in trouble. Taking an online marriage course together is a fun and easy way to improve your communication skills and strengthen your relationship.

Who doesn’t want a better sex life with their spouse? Marriage courses can help you and your partner enjoy a more satisfying sex life and relationship. A happy sex life can help you reduce your stress, communicate on a deeper level, increase relationship satisfaction, and promotes bonding and monogamy.

Rachael Pace
Author

Rachael Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.