Here’s why standing during sex could lead to stroke – Experts explain

A Physiotherapist at the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital, Hussein Botchway, has warned that standing during sexual intercourse could lead to stroke or hypertension.

He noted that although “sex is good, we need to be mindful of the positioning.”

Dr Botchway was speaking during an interaction with Accra based Joy FM.

According to him, “the positions that we assume during sexual intercourse can lead to conditions like hypertension and stroke. The standing position is not recommended.”

Adding that “if you stand during intercourse the blood has to move against gravity and it has a rippling effect on the pressure on the heart.”

The CEO of Medicas Hospital, Dr Yaw Osafo, who spoke on the issue also added that “during orgasm, your blood pressure can rise by 20 points, so if your starting point is not right. We’ve all heard stories where individuals have collapsed in a room. We don’t know what happened in the room but we can guess.

“This is simply because your blood pressure can go up by as much as 20 points during orgasm, so make sure that you’re starting right. So sex is not entirely safe. You have to do it under advise,” he said.

Meanwhile, studies have shown that sex is extremely beneficial to our health. Sex activates a variety of neurotransmitters that impact not only our brains but several other organs in our bodies.

According to recent studies, regular sex can provide many boosts to your wellbeing. This is because sex is just like any other physical activity and the benefits it provides can eventually increase your life span. Here’s a breakdown of the top benefits of regular sexual intercourse.

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better immune system
  • Better heart health, possibly including a lower risk for heart disease
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Increased libido
  • Immediate, natural pain relief
  • Better sleep
  • Increased intimacy and closeness to a sexual partner
  • Overall stress reduction, both physiologically and emotional 

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