What happens when you stop 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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