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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    16th Jun 2020
    So how did these studies exclude the variable of age; the risk of these health issues increases with age, regardless of your sex life?
    The Thinker
    16th Jun 2020
    These studies are made by the sex industries. Nuns and many other practicing celibates are healthy people that live long lives.
    16th Jun 2020
    The exception of some Nuns who are convinced or coerced by some priests claiming to be the incarnation of Gabriel ..or messengers of God...here on Earth...for the purpose of immaculate conception...
    Then a loud voice was heard from the heaven..." I know...The Thinker...what you have been doing under the olive tree...I am not pleased..."
    Karl Marx
    16th Jun 2020
    Yes The Thinker celibacy just like the Catholic Church instills on it's priests. So what did priests do. Turn to the nuns & children for thier perverted sex drives.
    16th Jun 2020
    Even if you don't have a partner, it is possible to keep enjoying sex by use of aids, or self pleasuring. While not the same, the body will recognise the feelings and responses accordingly. Certainly better than giving up altogether! and if having casual sex, don't forget the condoms!!
    16th Jun 2020
    Stopping the obligation that society expects on everyone to have sex, regardless of age, is even better. Love, companionship, affection including physical affection, kindness and cuddles is way, way more important to an enduring and happy relationship.
    16th Jun 2020
    ...and a fat wallet..just to keep things in balance...
    16th Jun 2020
    I agree Stretch. I'm sure my husband got more sex them any one prior to my menopause. Now it's cuddles etc.
    16th Jun 2020
    I am sorry to say that prostate cancer put paid to our 'traditional' sex life. However there are many ways other than sex to achieve fulfilling intimacy. The use of little blue pills did not achieve the desired result, only a headache, 'the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak'.
    16th Jun 2020
    You haven't tried Cialis then...have you? It works better...longer duration at will and on command...However, check yourself out for any heart problems first...
    16th Jun 2020
    Yes Arvo, I have tried Cialis and Spedra, none of them work as advertised on me. My Urologist tells me that unfortunately I am one of about 20% of men for whom these medications are ineffective. He did suggest an implant and referred me to a Reconstructive Urologist but when the operation (I won't go into the details) was explained to me I balked at the thought.
    16th Jun 2020
    Time comes when one has to acknowledge..."it's over for Rover and me"...Life goes on.
    Golden Oldie
    16th Jun 2020
    My sex life stoppedjust before my parner died from bowel cancer. Not interested in men 20 or 30 years older than me. Ovrr 70 doesn't leave you much option.
    16th Jun 2020
    What a load of cods wallop! I met a lady a couple of years back who had never had sex, was not interested in men, and was perfectly happy and content. She was vibrant and friendly to everyone. She chose her path and it suited her. People are all different and what one considers to be the norm is not what someone else wants. Others have physical issues and illnesses that make it impossible and seem to survive and thrive. Do what suits you and makes you happy!
    On the Ball
    16th Jun 2020
    So I should make SWMBO this?
    I wonder how she will react?
    Maybe, because my superannuation goes to her on my death, she already knows about it...
    fish head
    18th Jun 2020
    Pity that a lot of people are under the delusion that physical sex is EVERYTHING. Sorry folks, while enjoyable, essential it ain't.
    21st Jun 2020
    most men are pretty good at diy,some have to be

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