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How Sex Affects Your Mental Health

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Did you know that sex can have various effects on your mental wellbeing. Sex can help you think bigger, boost your sell esteem, help your heart health, reduce your feelings of pain, lower your level of stress etc. In this video, we cover a few interesting findings that sex does to your mind and body. If you're not getting any though, that's okay!


Want to learn about the shocking psychological facts about sex? We made a video on that as well: https://youtu.be/MbxYAoooDQw

Writer: Michal Mitchell
Script Editor & Manager: Kelly Soong
VO: Amanda Silvera
Animator: Zyan Méndez (@tomboiclub)
YouTube Manager: Cindy Cheong

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