National Sex Day on June 9 is dedicated to the joys of having sexual relations, engaging in pleasurable activities, and exploring each other’s bodies. There is a lot more to it than just getting physical — it’s about connecting with someone and creating and enjoying this otherworldly experience.

History of National Sex Day

Sex is a primal instinct that no living species is alien to. It has existed since the beginning of time and is what continues the circle of life. The origins of the holiday are unknown, but it is celebrated on June 9 because, numerically, the date is 6/9 — that infamous sex position. The word ‘coitus’ originally comes from the Latin word ‘coire’, meaning ‘to go together.’ It also referred to planetary alignment and magnetic force, before its meaning evolved, in 1885, into how it is used today in the sexual sense.Although sex has existed forever, it was in India that the act became viewed as artistic and sophisticated. The history of sex took a pivotal turn when the first works of literature treating intercourse as science were written in India. Many people believe that sex education through literature and art was pioneered in India and, until today, India has been the center of new-age attitudes towards it. Many sexual practices started in India, such as kissing on the lips, before spreading to the rest of the world.The most popular sexual text from India is the “Kama Sutra,” which revolutionized sex with its 64 variations of lovemaking. This literature was originally intended for use by warriors, philosophers, and the royals.Through physical connection, the emotional bond between two people is also strengthened. From a purely scientific perspective, the purpose of sex is mainly for reproduction and maintaining a healthy body. There are many health benefits of sex, including lower blood pressure levels and a form of stress release.

National Sex Day timeline

4th Century A.D.
Early Indian Texts

The “Kama Sutra” is compiled in India.

The Middle Ages

The European church's powerful influence slams extramarital affairs and sex is viewed as only allowed for reproductive purposes.

Diaphragm Invented

Dr. Wilhelm Mensinga invents the diaphragm as an effective contraceptive.

June 6, 1998
Let’s Talk About it

The hit television show “Sex And The City” debuts.

National Sex Day FAQs

Is sex four times a day normal?

Yes, especially when couples are still at the beginning of dating or marriage, aka the ‘honeymoon phase,’ or when they are trying to have a baby.

Is it OK to have sex every day?

Having sex regularly is the one time where having too much of a good thing won’t have any negative effects on the human body. 

Why do we have sex?

“Physical reasons: Pleasure, stress relief, exercise, sexual curiosity, or attraction to a person. Goal-based reasons: To make a baby, improve social status (for example, to become popular), or seek revenge. Emotional reasons: Love, commitment, or gratitude,” according to WebMD.

How To Celebrate National Sex Day

  1. Get creative

    Variety is the spice of life and there is no domain where this applies more than when it comes to sex. Try something new, or incorporate different positions and even toys. Make sure that it is something you and your partner both enjoy and are comfortable with.

  2. Talk about it

    We can’t celebrate a holiday without creating hype about it! Use National Sex Day as a conversation starter with your friends, and expand your horizons. You’d be surprised how talking about sex encourages us to get out of our comfort zone to try new things and be better educated about what works and what doesn’t in the bedroom.

  3. Read up on it

    There’s an entire spectrum of factors that can be explored to enjoy a healthy and flourishing sex life, and this isn’t limited to the obvious. Intimacy, the right environment, and knowing about the human anatomy are all very important to ensure some exhilirating exploits in the bedroom. There are countless resources and books on the topic, so if you want to amplify and enhance your and your partner’s experience, read up on it!

5 Facts About Sex That Are Backed By Science

  1. Sex eliminates stress

    A study published in the journal “Biological Perspective” found that participants who had engaged in sex before a stressful task showed lower blood pressure and stress levels than those who hadn’t.

  2. Lack of it may make you a workaholic

    Researchers at the University of Gottingen in Germany discovered that people tend to become workaholics to compensate for their less-than-fulfilling sex lives.

  3. Decreased risk of heart attacks

    A study published in the “Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health” detailed how frequent sex contributes to a decrease in the risk of heart attacks.

  4. It keeps you happy in more ways than one

    Apart from the obvious pleasure that comes from the physical act of sex, it also releases the happy hormone oxytocin, which helps ease menstrual pain in women.

  5. It protects against cancer

    Men with healthy sex lives have fewer chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to a study published in the journal “BJU International.”

Why We Love National Sex Day

  1. Ending the taboo on the subject

    National Sex Day generates much-needed conversation about and encourages an open mind on the topic of sex. The aim is to end the silence on a subject that shouldn’t be taboo at all, to begin with.

  2. Normalizing interests

    As a part of our primal behavior, indulging and talking about practicing safe and healthy sex is normalized, and contributes towards a better understanding of it.

  3. All talk and no play

    It’s a vicious cycle — the less of it you have, the more work you take on to occupy your time, which results in more stress. The more stress you have, the less likely you are to have a healthy sex life. On National Sex Day, let’s break this cycle!

National Sex Day dates

Year Date Day
2023 June 9 Friday
2024 June 9 Sunday
2025 June 9 Monday
2026 June 9 Tuesday
2027 June 9 Wednesday