Surprisingly the old saying “use it or lose it” actually holds up when it comes to taking a break from bedroom action.
Sex is like a muscle and if you don’t exercise it then it can lead to long-term issues.
There are a number of physical consequences of not having sex and unfortunately a lot of them are negative – mainly because you’re missing out on the amazing health benefits of regular romping.
Here are five things that happen to your body when you go without sex.
Around 70% of youngsters have sex once a week, but 36% get between the sheets several times a week
1. Men are more likely to get erectile dysfunction
Having some time off from intercourse can increase the likelihood of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men.
A study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that regular steamy sessions had a positive effect on mens’ abilities to get it up.
In fact those who had sex once a week where half as likely to develop ED compared to those who were getting busy frequently.
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress and can be a cause of erectile dysfunction
2. Your immune system suffers
If you’re having a break from getting down and dirty then you may be more prone to illness and infections as your immune system becomes more vulnerable.
That’s because sex triggers the body’s natural defences and boosts the functioning of the immune system.
In women, the physiological changes boost her chance of getting pregnant.
3. Your libido might drop
It’s possible that your sex drive will take a nose dive, but it’s not for certain and it’s probably dependent on the individual.
Some sexperts believe that time off from sex will lessen your desire for it because your body has dampened its hormonal response to arousal.
4. You can get more stressed
Because regular sex can make you feel more chilled out, then not having it can put you edge.
A study published in Biological Psychology discovered that people who weren’t getting laid were more likely to experience a high spike in blood pressure as a response to sex.
5. You won’t get more intelligent
Some people believe that abstinence can help you focus, become more productive and generally more clever but there’s no scientific evidence to back that up.
However researchers have found that sex can actually make you smarter. Some time spent in the sack helps to boost the growth of brain cells in the hippocampus.
Scientists from the University of Maryland and in South Korea found that sexual activity in mice and rats improved mental performance and memory function.