Can Sex Lower Blood Pressure?

Dr. Laurence Levine
Expert in male sexual health, leading Urologist in USA Dr. Laurence Levine
Last updated 02/02/2024
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I've recently come across some discussions online suggesting that sexual activity could have an impact on blood pressure levels.

As someone who is constantly looking for natural and enjoyable ways to manage my blood pressure, this caught my attention.

I'm curious to know if there is any truth to this. Can sex lower blood pressure? If so, how does this process work physiologically? 

The cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and blood vessels, plays a key role in regulating blood pressure. During sexual activity, several physiological changes occur in the body. These changes can briefly influence blood pressure.

Additionally, your heart rate increases, and there’s a boost in blood flow throughout the body. This is similar to what happens during moderate physical exercise.

Endorphins and Blood Pressure

Another critical aspect is the release of endorphins during sexual activity. Endorphins are the body's natural stress relievers. They not only enhance our mood but also can lead to relaxation of the blood vessels.

This relaxation can cause a temporary decrease in blood pressure. Research has shown that activities leading to endorphin release, like sexual activity, could help in lowering blood pressure levels​​.

Oxytocin – The Love Hormone

The release of oxytocin, often referred to as the 'love hormone', during sexual activity, is another factor to consider. Oxytocin is known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Studies have shown that oxytocin could help in reducing cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Lower cortisol levels can potentially lower blood pressure​​.

Sexual Frequency and Blood Pressure

How often should one engage in sexual activity to see these benefits? This is a bit complex.

Research noted in an AARP article concluded that more frequent sexual activity was associated with lower blood pressure among adults​​. But sex alone won’t lower blood pressure in the long-term.

Balancing Sexual Activity with Other Health Practices

While sexual activity can contribute to lowering blood pressure, it should be part of a larger health strategy. Some important health practices to follow include:

  • A healthy diet
  • Regular physical exercise
  • If needed, medication as prescribed by a healthcare provider

The American Heart Association recommends maintaining a healthy weight, reducing sodium, and limiting alcohol for managing blood pressure​​.

Sexual Activity, Hypertension, and Medications

For individuals with hypertension or those on blood pressure medications, it's important to approach sexual activity with awareness.

Certain antihypertensive medications can affect sexual function. If you experience such issues, it's essential to consult with a doctor rather than stopping medication abruptly.

The Role of Sexual Health in Overall Well-being

Apart from physical benefits, sexual health is an integral part of emotional and mental well-being.

A satisfying sex life can improve our quality of life and relationships, contributing to overall happiness and stress reduction, indirectly benefiting our blood pressure levels.

A Northwestern medicine article noted that happiness lowers our risk of cardiovascular disease, and lowers our blood pressure.


While sexual activity can positively affect blood pressure levels through various physiological mechanisms, it should not be viewed as a standalone solution for blood pressure management.

It’s a complementary aspect of a holistic approach to health, including diet, exercise, and medical care. Remember, each individual's health situation is unique, and what works for one may not work for another.

It’s always advisable to consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice.

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