13 shocking effects on your body when You Stop Having Sex.

You may be going through a dry spell in your relationship or you are single and short of quality ‘prayer partners’. Whatever the reason, forced abstinence isn’t fun.

We can all agree sex is great but it is a fact that today's generation may be having far less sex in comparison to the previous ones. A sex drought is an emotional whirlwind. But how can not having sex affect your body?

There are numerous advantages to having a good sex life. Having regular sex is good for your health. It has all sorts of benefits, from increased serotonin and oxytocin levels to better cardiovascular endurance. You sleep better, you feel more relaxed and, above all, it allows for intimate physical connection with another person.

However, there are severe drawbacks too if you stop having sex. The consequences of not having sex for a long period of time are pretty scary. If you stop having sex, your body reacts to that too.

Here are some of the things that happen to your body if you stop doing it for a while…

1. You might feel more stressed

Sex helps people blow off steam. Scottish researchers found people who abstained from sex struggled to cope with stressful situations like public speaking, compared with those who had intercourse at least once over a 2-week period.

Women feel more depressed the longer they go without having sex, reports a study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. But it may not be the lack of sex that got them down. The researchers say some compounds found in semen—including melatonin, serotonin, and oxytocin—may have mood-boosting benefits for women who have unprotected intercourse. (Of course, there are plenty of drawbacks to unprotected sex, too.)

One small study from Scotland even showed that blood pressure reactivity to stress was lower among people who had had intercourse than those who abstained. During sex, the brain releases ‘feel-good’ chemicals, such as endorphins and oxytocin, which help you feel more at ease.

2. Your immune system weakens                                        

Regular sex is correlated with a better functioning immune system. It is an immune-system booster, increasing your ability to fight off illness. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that people who engage in regular coitus have a higher concentration of antibodies than those who aren’t getting any booty. 

In another study, participants who reported having sex regularly (at least once per week) were found to have higher levels of an important immunoglobin that is known to increase resistance to illnesses like the common cold.

A strong immune system means you will get sick less often, and when you do get sick, it won’t take as long for you to feel better.

3. The risk for cancer increases.

Prostate cancer is one of the serious forms of cancer among men. According to the statistics, around 1 in 7 men in their lifetime will be diagnosed with a prostate cancer. It is also the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States of America.

Not having sex for a longer period of time will further increase the risk of a prostate cancer. A study presented to the American Urological Association found out that men who got it on all the time enjoyed—along with the sex—a 20% drop in their risk for prostate cancer. One reason? Frequent ejaculations may remove potentially harmful substances from the prostate. 

So, consider flushing out your pipe on a regular basis to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. 

4. You’re more susceptible to colds and flu.

Less sex makes one skip the immune-boosting benefits of a weekly roll in the hay. Researchers at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania out that found people who had sex once or twice a week enjoyed a 30% boost in immunoglobulin A (IgA), compared with those who had sex seldom or never. IgA is one of the body’s first lines of defense against viruses.

5. Celibacy can weaken your bladder

Sex is great for your Kegels, the muscles that help you hold in your wee. If you are not having it, your pelvic floor muscles could weaken, leaving you with some dripping.
Strong Kegels won’t necessarily make your lady flower tighter, but a stronger lady flower is a better one.

6. Your tolerance for pain will be worse

Sex releases the neurochemical oxytocin, which aids in pair bonding as well as pain relief. It is basically nature's aspirin. If you suffer from chronic pain such as a bad back or regular, painful menstrual cramps, sex and orgasm can help alleviate some of those symptoms.

Sex may help alleviate cramps during your period. The uterus is a muscle and many women will actually have a uterine contraction when they orgasm, which will cause the blood to expel more quickly, which will in turn decrease menstrual cramps. Also, there may be an increase in endorphins, which also will help with menstrual cramps. This is an unexpected benefit you lose if you are not having sex—but fortunately, this one doesn’t require a partner to remedy.

7. You will be more forgetful

According to research released in 2013, regular sexual activity boosts the function of your hippocampus, an area of the brain strongly linked to memory. Scientists believe that increased sexual activity can even reverse the effects of aging and stress on the brain.

Basically, when you have sex often, your brain produces new neurons, which makes it better at remembering and processing information. The study also showed that when sex stops, the higher memory and cognitive functions were lost, despite the presence of new neurons. 

8.You will have relationship problems.

Regular communication and regular sexual intercourse are required to maintain a healthy marital life. Not having sex takes a toll on your happiness, closeness, and relationship security. Going without sex in a marriage can deliver a hit to your self-esteem, engender guilt, and decrease levels of oxytocin and other bonding hormones. It can also increase fears that one of you will look to others for your sexual needs, which can breed a little paranoia.

According to a study, a lower frequency of sex is one of the major causes of divorce. Moreover, when you rarely sleep together with your partner, the distance between you and your partner becomes greater. You will start finding other people attractive instead of your partner. 

However, this doesn’t mean a sexless couple can’t be happy. Sex is just one expression of intimacy for couples. Kissing, handholding, and giving compliments or unexpected gifts can help you feel connected with your partner emotionally—even if you’re not spending time connecting physically. 

9. Men Are More Likely To Have Erectile Dysfunction

Abstinence seems to increase the likelihood of erectile dysfunction in men. Men who have sex infrequently are twice as likely to experience erectile dysfunction as men who do it once a week or more, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine.

The study’s authors suggest that, since the penis is a muscle, frequent sex may help preserve potency in a similar way that physical exercise helps maintain strength. The studies on this tend to focus on older men, but they are all united in the conclusion that regular sexual activity has a positive effect on a man's erections.

10. Your Libido Might Drop

Some experts are thorough advocates for regular sexual activity as a way of ‘stoking the fire’ of your libido, in the belief that a period of abstinence will lessen sexual desire over time as your body dampens hormonal response to arousal.

For some people who refrain from sex, they begin to feel more sluggish, with less vitality and hunger for sex. When deprived of sex for long periods of time, men have a harder time getting – and staying – well, hard.

You can keep your engines humming by practicing some regular self-care.

11. It will become more difficult to get aroused.

It turns out that having regular sex is basically a way of tuning up your sexual organs, and that going without for a while means they're a bit slow to start up. Women may also struggle with arousal and lubrication after extended periods of abstinence.

Regular friction is what keeps our juices flowing! The more you have sex, the more you want to have sex.

Sexual health experts point out that the lubrication process of arousal (wherein your vagina and vulva become ‘wet’) benefits from regularity and if you stop for a while, you might need a bit of extra help in the arousal department when you get back in the saddle.

12. You'll lose sleep.

One of the best parts of that post-orgasmic glow is the ease with which sleeps comes. There is nothing better than a thorough bang-sesh and then drifting off into a happy, contented slumber.

According to WebMD, the hormone you release after sex, prolactin, causes feelings of “relaxation and sleepiness” and if you are not having sex, you are not releasing this hormone and therefore, sleep might not come as easily for you.

13. Your Cardiovascular Health Might Suffer

A good sexual life is strongly linked to cardiovascular health and entering a sex drought removes that hormonal and aerobic boost. It may just be the case that if you take out your sexual frustration on the treadmill, then your heart will end up healthier than it was before you stopped.
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