Suzannah Weiss In case you needed another reason to have some good old fashioned heterosexual intercourse if you're into that kind of thing: One recent study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that women between 57 and 85 who have sex regularly have healthier blood pressure. Materials and methods In total, 28 men and 25 women were investigated. Then, of course, there's the fact that sex is fun — if a possible memory boost gives you another excuse to feel good about getting it on, we won't argue with that. Whatever the mechanism, the improved memory was probably due to the sex itself — not being in a relationship — because single women who had frequent sex saw the same benefit. The authors also noted that the sample was small, and factors such as the time of day of the memory tests and the fact that the data was based on self-reports of sexual frequency could have influenced the results as well. Open Access funded by The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Under a Creative Commons license Abstract Background and objectives The sex differences and similarities in cognitive abilities is a continuing topic of major interest. Also, a survey of 1, people aged 58 to 98 , conducted by Manchester University, found people had better brain power if they were still sexually active. The Oxford and Coventry study also found that sex improved results of a whole range of tests, including verbal fluency, ability to visually perceive objects, and judging the space between objects. In , results of a study suggested sex could help women to remember abstract words — which is perhaps useful in reducing those tip-of-the-tongue moments. Results The differences in heart rate and body temperatures between men and women were not significant. For example, a study of rodents published in Hippocampus found that sex spurs the growth of neurons in the hippocampus, a brain region crucial to memory. After two years, they completed another memory test.