Breakups and work can stall your sex life. We all go through a dry spell from time to time but it can affect your health in many ways. Here’s what happens to your body if you stop having sex.
You get sick more oftenResearchers at Wilkes-Barree University 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 defence against viruses. That means better protection against colds and flu.
You have worse menstrual crampsYour dry spell might be to blame for your worse cramps lately. Regular sex means more oestrogen in your system to reduce the menstrual cramps. This is an unexpected benefit you lose if you’re not having sex. According to sex expert Dr. Streicher author of Sex: hormones, health and your best sex ever, “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.”
Your vagina walls loosen upThe muscles of the vagina begin to relax, and things can loosen up down there. Without regular frequency of intercourse as you get older the walls of your vagina thin out and can lead to painful sex when you finally decide to get your groove back.
You feel stressedDuring sex, the brain releases feel-good chemical; oxytocin, which help you feel more at ease. Sex is a stress reliever for you; not having could cause an increase in your stress level. Even if you're not having sex with a partner, there's no reason not to take matters into your own hands; get a sex toy to help you release those feel-good chemicals.
You lose the desire to do itNot having sex for so long may tune out sexual desire. When you don’t do it, your body produces fewer of the hormones that make you want to. Confidence it the key to climaxing, and you also lose some when you don’t have intercourse on a regular basis.