People have different reasons as to why they would stop having sex. It may be due to a bit of a dry spell, a decision to become celibate or just a rough patch. Regardless of what the reason may be, your body can go through some changes when you stop having sex.
We all have different ideas about what happens to your body when you stop having sex. A lot of these ideas are not the changes that we think will happen. For example, some of us think that if you don’t have intercourse for a while, you somehow tighten up again. Ladies, that’s a myth. We’ll get more into that later.
There’s also a difference between being a lifelong celibate and just going through a dry spell. So, what exactly does happen to your body when you stop having sex? Well, nothing life-threatening, but here are some things to expect. Have a look!
1. Hate to break it to the women out there, but how tight you are down there has nothing to do with how often you sleep with…whoever. According to self.com, you are probably just as “right-and-tight now as you ever were, even if you’ve got a black belt in boning”.
According to Yale Medical School clinical professor, Mary Jane Minkin, obviously vaginal births can lead to some sort of stretching of the vaginal canal, there is no amount of sexual penetration that is going to make you looser. The only thing you have to “worry” about is the vaginal tissues getting relaxed when aroused. But don’t worry, they’ll remember.
2. Men, your body can go through some changes when you stop having sex. Specifically your penis. According to Dr. Mark Lawton from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, the drop in testosterone in the body ‘could lead to erectile dysfunction.
He tells metro. co-UK that there have been numerous studies that have found that men who started having less sex were twice more likely to have problems getting an erection. The penis is a muscle and like every other muscle in your body, it needs to be exercised.
3. Believe it or not, as your sex life decreases, so does your immune system. The two work hand in hand. According to an article written by Michael Castleman M.A for psychologytoday.com, in good relationships, sex is deeply relaxing. Studies have shown that this deep relaxation stimulates the immune system. Creating less illness and colds.
4. This may happen to women who are reaching a certain age, but not having sex may affect your sex drive. It may begin to decrease. According to Sari Cooper, a certified sex therapist, “For some people who refrain from sex, they begin to feel more sluggish, with less vitality and hunger for sex”.
She continues to tell Readers Digest, “Out of sight out of mind is how some of my clients describe the scenario”. But then there are those who work the opposite. For some, not having it at all might make it on their mind 24/7, according to Lauren Streicher, MD. It really depends on the person.
5. Again, everyone’s bodies are different. But if you are the type of person who uses sex as a stress reliever, not having it anymore can create more stress in your life. According to Dr. Streicher, “People who are less stressed tend to have more sex, but again it’s an association, not cause and effect”.
6. It may not be the case that your heart needs to be in tip-top shape to enjoy a good shag, but according to prevention.com, having sex does improve your heart health. Yepp, you read that correctly. There’s actually a strong link between healthy sex life and a strong heart. So, if the gym isn’t for you to make your heart healthier…hit the sack with your partner. Same thing really.
7. Ladies, your lady part is like watering your plant on a regular basis. You need to make sure you are on top of it so it will survive. According to yourtango.com, experts note that in order to get your lady plant “wet”, it needs to have regular activity. The site notes that lack of sex leads to less lubrication. So…keep it up!
8. Okay, so going through a dry spell isn’t ALL that bad for your body. There are actually a few things that are beneficial, some obvious things. According to medicinenet.com, no longer being sexually active means preventing a UTI or an STI. Both are usually caused by the transfer of bacteria to the urinary tract during sex.
9. Apparently, you become less intelligent once you stop having sex. Well, this might not exactly be the case, but according to besthealthmag.ca, a study of rodents was done. One from the University of Maryland and the other from South Korea, and it was found that sex improved their brain function and growth of brain cells. There’s more research that’s required, but hey, it’s a start!
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