What happens to your body if you stop having sex?

Stopping sex, or even having an extended break, can have serious health consequences.

What happens to your body if you stop having sex?

Stopping sex, or even having an extended break, can have serious consequences for your health. Here are just some of the things that can happen to your mind and body when you stop having sex.

More prone to illness
Various studies have shown that regular sex helps boost your immune system. It can also help your body fight off illness in other ways as well. One study showed that people who had sex twice a week had higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobin A that plays an important role in the immune system. Having sex less often could lead to catching more colds and other illnesses.

Prostate cancer
There are some studies that show how often men have sex can be linked to the likelihood of developing prostate cancer. In one large study of 30,000 men, those who said they ejaculated more than 21 times a month had lower chances of developing prostate cancer during their lifetimes compared to those who ejaculated four to seven times a month.

 


Vaginal damage
If you are a woman who has gone through menopause, a lack of regular intercourse can cause your vagina to tighten and its tissues can get thinner and more likely to be injured, tear or even bleed during sex. This problem can spiral when the symptoms become so uncomfortable many women then avoid sex, which can make the situation much worse. Having sex can also protect you from other changes related to menopause, such as vaginal dryness and irritation.

Damage your relationship
Regular sex helps you feel emotionally close to your partner, which opens the door to better communication. Couples who have sex more often tend to say they’re happier than those who get less of it.

Heart problems
Research says people who have sex once a month or less get heart disease more often than those who have it twice a week or so. Part of the reason could be that you get a bit more exercise and are less likely to be anxious or depressed. But it could also be that if you have more sex, you’re physically and mentally healthier in the first place.

Memory loss
Some studies have shown that people who have sex often are better at recalling memories. There are also studies that show that sex can help your brain grow neurons and work better in general.

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    Pisces
    12th Jun 2019
    11:13am
    Rubbish
    jackie
    12th Jun 2019
    12:43pm
    Pisces, I agree. How does this article explain the long and healthy lives nuns have?

    They are exempt from PAP smear tests too.
    Rod63
    12th Jun 2019
    4:38pm
    "How does this article explain the long and healthy lives nuns have?

    Ah-ha! I think you are opening a can of worms there! Hahaha! Best not to ask!
    Couldabeen
    12th Jun 2019
    7:57pm
    jackie, the core reason for PAP smears is for Cancer of the Cervix. By and large, the average nun falls into the category of insignificant risk of that cancer. There are three common factors in development of Cancer of the Cervix. Take away any of those three and the number of cases of this cancer is statistically insignificant. These three are : 1/loss of virginity in early to mid teen years, 2/ being sexually promiscuous in those years, and 3/ not using barrier contraception methods.
    Millions of women have been needlessly scared by the exhortations to have that PAP smear when really they were never at risk and the only benefit was to the pathology services.
    As a cohort study, we have little data to support that "long and healthy" lives are enjoyed by nuns to a greater percentage than those who never lived such a life. Remember that the nun may have forgone heterosexual partners, but it does not mean that she has not enjoyed regular sexual satisfaction.
    Ted Wards
    12th Jun 2019
    11:31am
    What a load of codswallop. For various reasons I haven't had sex for nearly 15 years and I am the healthiest person I know. In fact, many older people are in the same boat and for various reasons, dont have sex. Your mixing up intimacy with sex. You can have intimacy without sex...if fact a great cuddle can be better than bad sex!
    jackie
    12th Jun 2019
    12:45pm
    Ted Wards, friendship, and companionship are more important than sex.

    Relationships based purely on sex never last.
    Rod63
    12th Jun 2019
    12:15pm
    "Stopping sex, or even having an extended break, can have serious consequences for your health."

    This is not wrong. I have heard of many older people who stopped having sex and eventually died!
    jackie
    12th Jun 2019
    1:03pm
    Rod63, everyone eventually dies sex or no sex.
    Arvo
    12th Jun 2019
    1:17pm
    Rod63- That's strange...six years after 65 without it and I am still alive...Of course, eventually I will die of old age....but not because of no sex.
    ozirules
    12th Jun 2019
    2:16pm
    Ha Ha, I think the irony was lost on some people Rod63
    Rod63
    12th Jun 2019
    2:17pm
    I think so ozirules. :-)
    BERRYUPSET
    12th Jun 2019
    12:24pm
    Does masterbating count?No partner so a good `wank` I think can/may be healthy!If I CAN FIND MINE?
    jackie
    12th Jun 2019
    1:02pm
    BERRYUPSET, ha ha.

    This article sounds like it's an advertisement for big pharma.

    A comeback to the youthful days of sex, drugs and rock and roll. When sex was supposed to be great.
    Arvo
    12th Jun 2019
    1:20pm
    Mrs Palmer does very handy work and she doesn't ask whether you wish you were 1" longer....
    ronloby
    12th Jun 2019
    12:29pm
    Having more sex didn't stop my Prostate Cancer. What a lot of Crap!.
    Rod63
    12th Jun 2019
    3:45pm
    The article didn't say it would.
    It says, ".... had lower chances of developing prostate cancer during their lifetimes compared to.....".
    So, lower chances.
    Arvo
    12th Jun 2019
    1:13pm
    'Three words of advice...."Keep it clean"
    Nose Hair Bob
    12th Jun 2019
    1:20pm
    I wash my hands before I take a leak.
    clarabelle
    12th Jun 2019
    2:17pm
    loved all the above comments. Made my day.
    Couldabeen
    12th Jun 2019
    8:01pm
    There is sound support for the contention in this story. I'm guessing that those who don't agree haven't known a truly fulfilling love life with good mutually satisfying sexual side to it.
    Poppysmum
    13th Jun 2019
    7:22pm
    Do you mean "content" - NOT "contention" (which means a heated disagreement"? And if the love of your life dies...you do WHAT for sex?


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