What Happens To Your Mind And Body When You Stop Having Sex

November 28, 2016  |  
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Your friends may give you a hard time about your extremely active sex life and to that we say, first of all, how judgmental of them! Hello—it’s the 21st century. But second of all, they’re dissing what might actually be a very healthy habit.

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If you’re in a relationship and you’re accepting that you’re having less sex as time goes on, don’t—not just for the sake of your relationship but for the sake of your health. You may be prioritizing more sleep over more sex, but you could actually be doing your health a disservice if you are. Having sex doesn’t just feel good at the moment—it contributes to your overall sense of wellbeing for hours and even days after the fact. So reload on your favorite lubricant and tell your boo to come home early because these awful things can happen to your mind and body when you stop having sex.

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You’ll be bad at fighting stress

Having sex promotes the release of various calming, joy-inducing hormones that we desperately need to combat daily stress. Just having sex a couple of times a month can keep those hormones flowing.

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You could gain weight

There isn’t any scientific proof behind this, but think about it; if you know you won’t be naked in front of anybody for a while, you may become a bit more lax about those jogs.

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Your man could be at risk of cancer

If you and your man aren’t having enough sex, then he’s missing out on some of the health benefits of regular ejaculation. When a man has a big O, it helps clear his body of potentially cancer-causing toxins.

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Your partner will please himself more

This doesn’t affect your body directly. However, if and when you two do start having sex again, he will be out of practice. And that will affect your body (say goodbye to orgasms for a while).

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You’ll feel less bonded to your partner

If you are in a relationship, every time you have an orgasm with your partner, your body releases oxytocin—a hormone that makes you feel emotionally close to your partner. If you’re not having sex, you may begin to feel distant.

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You can become insecure

That perfect mouth position where there are no teeth but there is plenty of moisture takes regular practice to keep up. You know what I’m talking about. If you don’t see a penis for a while, you may forget what to do with one, and this can make you insecure next time sex comes around.

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He could lose the ability to entirely

Well, not entirely, he can get it back. But if your partner doesn’t have sex very often, then he isn’t giving his penis muscles the workout they need to keep working.

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You can get sick more frequently

People who have sex at least once a week have higher levels of the antibody Immunoglobulin, which your body needs to fight common viruses like the cold and flu.

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You might become paranoid

Even if you know that your partner would never cheat, if he’s not getting any, you might worry that he is thinking about sex with other women—and that will obviously put a damper on your relationship.

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Sex can hurt when you start again

Your vagina doesn’t really become tighter, but the muscles become tense. Your vagina needs to regularly practice relaxing in response to sexual stimulation. If it doesn’t it can, in a sense, forget how to do that which can make sex uncomfortable.

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You miss out on cardio

Having a lot of sex is linked to a healthier heart. It certainly is a form of cardio exercise so, if you hate the treadmill, it could be a fun alternative.

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You could become dumber

Don’t believe that Seinfeld episode in which they all become celibate and much smarter for it. The truth is that having regular sex promotes neuron growth in the brain.

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You may become less flexible

If you got most of your stretching exercises out of the Kama Sutra and you stop having sex, you may find yourself far less limber.

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You’ll sleep worse next to your boo

Admit it; you’re much less bothered by your partner stealing the blankets, snoring and kicking when he gave you an orgasm before you went to bed. If he didn’t give you an orgasm, now he’s just that guy interrupting your sleep.

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Your bladder control can diminish

Sex provides a workout for your pelvic floor, which is important for keeping the pee in. You could also combat this issue by doing Kegels, but if you’re doing those, then why aren’t you having sex?

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