When it comes to having sexual intercourse, people assume that all it does is take away certain urges. To a certain extent this is true, our bodies, especially the male body, have a lot of testosterone which needs to be released. But having ongoing sexual intercourse can be difficult. You might have a busy schedule or have gone through a recent breakup which may turn you off of the idea. But research has shown that there are certain things that will happen if you stop having sex on a regular basis.
Let’s take a step back for a second; we all go through dry spells, especially in long-term relationships. Maybe the spark is gone and it’s becoming difficult to regain it. The worst thing you can do is give up, especially if both partners really care about each other. The best thing you can do is keep trying, but don’t force it. The more pressure you put on the idea of having intercourse on a regular basis, the harder it will get.
If there is one thing that is certain, it’s that the dry spell will affect your body in different ways. To find out what will happen if you stop having sex on a regular basis, keep reading!
You’ll Feel More Anxious: When you have sexual intercourse, your brain releases endorphins and oxytocin. In basic terms, these chemicals are what make you happy. Have you ever noticed that when you have sexual intercourse you feel more relaxed and happy? It’s the most natural stress reliever. Researchers in Scotland found that people who would stop having sex on a regular basis found it difficult to cope with stressful situations.
Prostate Cancer: This is obviously directed towards men. Did you know that having sex can actually protect you from developing prostate cancer? A study that was presented to the American Urological Association showed that men who had sexual intercourse on a regular basis reduced the risk of developing prostate cancer by 20%. Why? Each time a man ejaculates, they remove harmful substances from their prostate.
You’re More Susceptible to Getting Sick: If you stop having sex, you’re less likely to be exposed to germs. But you’re also robbing your body of getting the immune-boosting benefits from sex as well. A study was conducted by researchers at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania, and they found that people who had sexual intercourse at least twice a week boosted their immunoglobulin A (IGA) by 30%. IGA is the first line of defense when fighting a virus.
You Reduce the Risk of Getting a UTI: Almost 80% of all UTIs occur within 24 hours of sexual intercourse. During sexual intercourse for women, bacteria in the vagina can be pushed into the urethra, where it will cause an infection. So here is the bright side, if you’re a woman, and you stop having sex, you reduce the risk of having painful trips to the washroom.
Insecurities About Relationship Rises: If you stop having sex on a regular basis and you’re in a committed relationship, it can cause problems. One partner may fear that the other may go look elsewhere for their sexual needs, and this can cause paranoia. But Les Parrott, who is a psychologist and the author of “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts,” says there are other ways a sexless couple can be happy. Compliments, holding hands, giving each other unexpected gifts can help you connect with your partner in an emotional way.
Erectile Dysfunction Increases: Research shows that men who stop having sex are twice as likely to develop erectile dysfunction as men who have sexual intercourse at least once a week, according to the American Journal of Medicine. The study also suggests that since the penis is a muscle, it needs to be worked out just like other muscles in your body.
You May Start to Feel Sad: In a study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour, the longer a woman goes without having sexual intercourse; the more depressed she will feel. The study also found that women who have unprotected sexual intercourse get certain benefits from semen. Some compounds that they receive are melatonin, oxytocin, and serotonin. All three compounds make for a good mood. However, having unprotected sexual intercourse has risks as well. You increase your chances of developing an STD and getting pregnant.
Sexual intercourse is not meant to be a pressured activity. It should be a time where both partners are able to connect emotionally and physically without the added pressure of pleasing one another. If a dry spell occurs, which is normal, don’t force the spark to come back. Let it naturally come back by reconnecting with each other on an emotional basis first. The common problem is that couples forget why they fell in love with each other. Rekindling that spark is the first step, the rest will come naturally.