Sleep Some good news and some bad news from the world of sex research today. First, the good news: having sexual intercourse several times a week helps to prevent life-threatening heart disease. And the bad news? It only works for men.
Men and women, but especially men, think about sex often. Although sexual fantasies and dreams are the most universal of sexual behaviors, they are often not discussed because they are viewed as personally or socially unacceptable feelings or desires. Whether occurring spontaneously or resulting from outside stimuli, fantasies are part of the body's regular healthy functioning. Research indicates that sexual fantasies are related to sexual drives: The higher the sexual drive, the higher the frequency of sexual fantasies and the level of satisfaction in one's sex life. They help direct and define erotic goals. They take generalized sexual drives and give them concrete images and specific content. Sexual fantasies help plan for or anticipate situations that may arise.