Sexmatics: Effects of sexual abstinence
There are physical consequences of going without sex, but most of them are basically negatively focused, which means, you’re simply not getting the health benefit sex usually brings.
Note, lifelong celibacy is a different prospect than experiencing sex and then stopping it. If you have had sex before and now you aren’t, then you’re understandably more prone to disappointment and depression.
Celibacy has effects on your body but they are hardly life-threatening and definitely, aren’t going to get in the way of your next sexual adventure.
Sex is good for our body in ways we can’t even imagine; from better sleep to a stronger immune system, to burning calories and boosting your mood. Getting some of these is good in a lot of ways.
It also means that refraining from having intercourse can create some interesting changes.
This is not to say that it’s wrong to take a sex break every now and then. Life gets in the way or we may be between relationships and it’s not just part of our daily life equation.
Whether we’re not feeling our best or are stressed, sometimes, love making just takes a halt.
It’s cool, accept that your body is going to respond in a major way and the part of the body that gets worst hit is the vagina.
Brain games keep your mind agile, car-do workouts builds your heart’s health, weight training makes your muscles strong and sex keeps your vagina in tip top shape.
“If you are not constantly having sex, it’s essential you keep the vagina happy and healthy with masturbation, self pleasures brings all the benefits ‘’ says Tristan Weedmark of We-Vibe.
Taking a break from sex is not a bad idea but know that, you might have to reacquaint your body with orgasmic sensations when/if you decide to resume activity.
It’s more unpleasant for women than men when they stop having sex. Depressing enough is when it comes to the lack of it, ladies are most adversely affected though men don’t get off scot-free.
Irrespective of the story behind your inactiveness in the bedroom, refraining from intercourse usually has a knock-on effect. The following are what will occur when you are not indulging in regular sex.
Loss of libido: If it has to do with sex drive, your libido will drop. It’s either you’re using it or losing it. ‘’For some people who refrain from sex, they begin to feel more sluggish, with less vitality and hunger for sex’’ Sari Cooper, LCSW, certified sex therapist remembers the saying ‘’Out of sight, out of mind’’
Vaginal walls may get weakened: Abstaining from copulating does not make you tighter: vagina gets a little bit smaller and this mainly affects women entering into menopause.
Sari explains: ‘’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 get back into the sack.’’ To this end, the North American Menopause Society even recommends having regular penetrative sex, to help vaginal health during menopause.
You may experience dryness: this is another side effect which applies mainly to older women. As you are aware, the vagina battles to get lubricated when you resume lovemaking after a break.
What causes this as well as thinning vaginal walls is as a result of the hormone called oestrogen. If you take a younger person who’s 20 or 30 years, she is going to have plenty of oestrogen around to make sure those tissues stay healthy, elastic and lubricated when she’s not having sex explains Dr Lauren Streicher.
If you take someone who’s 60, she has lost that piece of it.
Menstrual pain can get worse though it may seem counterintuitive, but copulating during menstruation can relieve menstrual cramp. ‘’The uterus is a muscle and many women have a uterine contraction when they climax, which will cause the blood to expel more quickly, which will in turn, decrease menstrual cramps.’’ Dr Streicher explains.
You drastically lessen the risk of being infected by a urinary tract infection and sexually transmitted diseases.
At last some good news! Though the STDs may not come as surprise, but UTIs will. They are often caused by the transfer of bacteria to the urinary tract during sex.
‘’ It’s intercourse that’s responsible for potentially increasing the risk of recurrent bladder infection’’ says Dr Streicher.
Men are more likely to have erectile dysfunction, the case of use it or lose it. According to Bustle, a study found abstinence increases the chance of erectile dysfunction in men, though this was found to be more in the case of older men, while regular sexual activity has a positive effect on erections.
Also, is the possibility of regular ejaculations that help a man to avoid prostrate cancer
You’re more stressed: Lack of sex can be the root of stress as frequent love making is believed to be stress bursting, especially, if you are use to stress lowering pulse of sex. It’s absence may not have a good impact on your general ability to cope with anxious moment.
Thus, people in a sex drought have been found to experience higher blood pressure spikes in response to stress.
Be warned, if you’re going through a period of sexual abstinence, there are consequences of going off sexual activity: many of which are basically negative which means you are simply not getting the health benefits intercourse usually brings.
Your immune system becomes more vulnerable: it looks as if your sex life actually contributes positively to your body’s immune function hence for women, these changes seem to be geared towards making it easier to get pregnant.
The flip side unfortunately, is that you’re not getting those benefits. Hence, you may be more disposed to sicknesses and infections that your immune system would otherwise block.
Your cardiovascular health might suffer: lovemaking is strongly linked to cardiovascular health, and lack of sex removes that hormonal and aerobic boost.
However, no major study has been done on precisely what happens to the heart after a period of no sex.
It may just be the case of taking out your sexual frustration on the treadmill, and then your heart will end up healthier than it was before you stopped.
You might not be as brilliant as you could be: there is the old wives tale that abstaining from sex makes you intelligent; the opposite Is actually the case.
Scientists have demonstrated that sexual activity boosts neuron growth in the brain hippocampus. Abstinence turns out, does not make the brain grow at all. Because you’ve suddenly become immensely productive and completed a crossword for the first time in months, does not mean your brain’s improving. It probably means you’re bored.
Are you going through a dry spell in the bedroom or taking a proclaimed sabbatical from ‘’getting some’’ or simply refraining from intercourse frequently, then you will start noticing some changes in your body.
Women who are not having regular sex will find that their body will remind them about what they’re missing in their sleep(wet dreams). This is common between ages 40 and 50.
If you have been lucky, you can expect a pretty vivid dream in the near future.
Lovemaking is fun, you should be having as much of it as you can.