Sex changes a lot of things in the body. Hormonal changes, a difference in attitude and whittling waistline, sex is also believed to increase longevity. And on experiencing sexual abstinence, there are a few physical consequences that may hit you for a while. Not that it will grow cobwebs in your vagina, or you will freeze up, sexual abstinence will detain all those benefits that sex usually gives. So, what happens to your body when you stop having sex, read on to know.
Not having sex may impact your sex drive. Here, masturbation can do the trick and you will be able to keep your sex drive alive. Women may not get affected as much as it affects men. This is because like any other muscle in the body, if you don’t make your penis ‘exercise’ for a long duration, you may even experience erectile dysfunction .
Maybe sex is the last thing on your mind when you’re stressed out. But it might help lower your anxiety. Sex seems to lessen the amount of hormones your body releases in response to stress. And an active sex life can make you happier and healthier, which might also help keep anxiety at bay.
This mainly happens to older women who are above the age of 50. Without regular intercourse, your vagina can tighten and its tissues can get thinner and be more likely to get injured, tear, or even bleed during sex. This can be so uncomfortable that women with these symptoms avoid having sex, which can make it worse.
Regular sex helps you feel emotionally close to your partner, which opens the door to better communication. Couples who have sex more often tend to say they’re happier than those who get less of it. But it doesn’t have to happen every day — once a week seems to be enough. This seems to be true no matter your age or gender, or how long you’ve been in the relationship.
Research says people who have sex once a month or less get heart disease more often than those who have it twice a week or so. Part of the reason could be that you get a bit more exercise and are less likely to be anxious or depressed. But it could also be that if you have more sex, you’re physically and mentally healthier in the first place.
The reasons aren’t exactly clear, but in at least one study, men who ejaculated less than seven times a month were more likely to get prostate cancer compared to those who did it at least 15 times a month. But unprotected anonymous sex and multiple partners can also raise your chances for the disease, so when you do have sex, take care.
Without sex, you’ll miss out on the hormones that promote restful sleep, like prolactin and oxytocin. Women get an estrogen boost that helps even more. The reverse is true, too: If you decide you want to start having sex again, a good night’s sleep is just the thing to keep you feeling frisky.
This is a prevalent myth that not having sex can make you tighter down there. The elasticity of your vagina doesn’t depend on the number of sexual partners or frequency of sexual sessions you have had and you don’t get re-veganized when you abstain from sexual activity. It should be noted that when you don’t have sex, the tissues of the vagina just may get out of the habit of relaxing in response to arousal or insertion.
Weekly sex seems to boost your immune system compared to those who have it less often. Part of the reason may be that it raises levels of a germ-fighting substance called immunoglobulin A, or IgA. But more is not always better here. People who had sex more than twice a week had lower levels of IgA than those who had no sex.
Sex can be a good way to take your mind off of any aches and pains you have. But it does more than that. Orgasm causes your body to release endorphins and other hormones that can help ease head, back, and leg aches. They may help arthritis pain and menstrual cramps, too.
Sex seems to help keep your blood pressure down. That makes sense when you consider what it does: It adds a bit of aerobic and muscle-building exercise, and it can ease anxiety and make you feel better. Both of those can help keep your numbers where they need to be.
It may seem odd, but “use it or lose it” may apply here. For women at menopause, vaginal tissue can get thin, shrink, and dry out without regular intercourse. That can make sex painful and weaken your desire. And some research says men who have sex less than once a week are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) as those who have it weekly.