Voluntary or involuntarily, when we stop having sex, our bodies send us certain signals. Would you know how to detect them?
There is no doubt that sex is a fundamental part of any relationship and an important part of our life in general, not only for the enjoyment and different benefits it can provide, but also (and mainly) because it is an instinct present in us. But what happens during periods of “drought”? Does sexual abstinence have negative effects on our bodies? Apparently, yes. And we don’t say that, but science does.
What happens to our bodies when we stop having sex? Of course, each person is different and not everyone is equally affected by lack of sexual activity. In fact, a person who chooses not to have sex can be perfectly healthy. But overall, the following consequences have been observed for sexual abstinence:
A less powerful immune system
Sexual intercourse affects immunity: When we have sex with our partners or different people, our bodies come into contact with other people’s antigens, which promotes immunity. Therefore: the less sex, the less stimulation for our immune system.
Whether we like it or not, lack of sex has become a social prejudice. This is precisely what can cause stress or anxiety in a person who has not had sex for some time and wants to have sex. Prejudice is greater because it is aware of this absence and psychological affectation ends up being translated into physiological and organic processes.
When we have sex, our body releases sex hormones such as dopamine or serotonin, two neurotransmitters that give us a sense of well-being or happiness. If we are wrong, the levels of both substances decrease, so a natural mechanism such as sex should be used to try to unblock that situation. But we do not do this spontaneously because of the social, moral and cultural conditions that tell us that this is not right.
A study published in 2013 concluded that sex may help prevent memory impairment. Sexual intercourse appears to promote the reproduction of neurons, improve cognitive function and promote the growth of the hippocampus, a part of our brain. If we don’t have sex, these benefits are lost.
Increases the risk of erectile dysfunction
This was revealed by a prestigious medical journal in one of his articles: regular sexual activity allows us to preserve sexual potency. Therefore, the less sex is practiced, the more likely men are to have erectile dysfunction.
So, you know, there’s always a good reason to have sex every day. Find your own!