Whether you’re celibate out of choice or simply haven’t found the partner you deserve yet, there are some things that happen when you stop having sex, and they aren’t necessarily what you think. I know, you’re expecting to catch up on all of your Netflix shows and have a rock-hard bod from all those hours you’re logging in the gym. Although those things may be true, there are some other changes you can’t necessarily control.
But hey, not having sex isn’t a bad thing. Keep that in mind! You should be sex-positive which means not thinking of sex as some kind of measuring stick. It doesn’t matter if you’re having it all the time or not having it all, all that matters is you’re happy and comfortable. And if you’re not happy with your involuntary abstinence, have no fear. You know it’s not going to last forever and that the day will come when you haven’t actually watched anything on Netflix because you and your partner are skipping straight to the chill part.
1.Your Vaginal Walls Can Become Fragile.
2. Your Libido May Decrease
When you’re not having sex, do you find yourself less interested in it? You’re not alone. Sex therapist Sari Cooper told Brides that when you’re having frequent sex, you’re more erotically aware, making your libido increase. Without sex, you may find yourself not even thinking about sex or interested in it.
3. You Can Weaken Your Immune System
If you’re passing up on sex, you may need someone to pass you the tissues. Research has found that those who have frequent sex also have a higher level of salivary immunoglobulin a (IgA), an antibody that helps defend your body against viruses.
4. Your Vagina Doesn’t Become Tighter
I know, you’re thinking that if sex stretches your vagina out, then not having sex basically turns you back into a virgin. Not true. OB-GYN Tracy Hicks told Bustle that the elasticity of your vagina doesn’t change when you’re not having sex, at least not in pre-menopausal women.
5. You Can Become More Stressed
You already know that sex blows off steam, but without it, your body doesn’t just remain neutral. One study found that those who participated in intercourse had a better stress response in situations like public speaking than those who reported no sexual activity or only participated in masturbation.
6. You Could Experience Negative Feelings
A 2001 study from Georgia State University researched involuntary celibacy and the effects it can have on a person. The study found that those who weren’t having sex were reportedly depressed and experienced feelings of anger, frustration, and dissatisfaction over not having sexual relationships.
7. You Reduce Your Risk Of Contracting An STD
That sounds like a no-brainer, I know, but you can contract some STDs without sexual contact. The AIDS.gov website notes that not having sex is the best way to stop yourself from contracting or transmitting HIV.
8. You May Spend A Lot Of Time Masturbating
Hey, masturbation isn’t a bad thing. Masturbation can help you discover what you like in the bedroom and make your dry spell worthwhile when you’re back between the sheets for a mind-blowing romp.
9. Your Mental Performance May Stop Increasing
Not that there’s any concrete proof that says not having sex makes you less intelligent than having sex, but research has shown that sexual activity can increase the growth of new neurons in your hippocampus, which is responsible for long-term memories, and improves mental performance.
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