What's the point of sex? It's good for your physical, social and mental health

The act of penetrative sex has evolved over millions of years as a mechanism to deliver sperm to eggs and initiate pregnancy. But there’s more to sex than just the meeting of two sets of genes. This article describes the physical, social and mental health benefits that are a consequence of consenting sexual relationships, or the pursuit of them.

Whether you talk about it in polite society or not, sex is central to who you are as a person. In fact, we are all here as a result of meaningful looks, snatched moments, sweaty palms, clumsy first touches, tangled limbs and orgasms.