This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Having Sex
If you’re either going through a dry spell in the bedroom or taking a self-proclaimed sabbatical from “getting some” or just simply being abstinent after having sex on the regular, you may start to notice some changes in your body. Here’s what to expect.
Your Dream Changes:
You may dream more.
Women who aren’t having sex regularly will find that their body will remind them what they’re missing in their sleep. This will especially happen if your sex life is not only at a standstill, but you’ve also given up on masturbating.
Researchers had it easy when they were studying nocturnal emissions in men, the most obvious reason being because men have erections that are visible and ejaculate as proof that they’ve climaxed. With women, it was more complex. Researchers found that 37 percent of women will have a wet dream before the age of 45 and that they’re most common in women between the ages of 40 and 50. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve gotten lucky, you can expect a pretty vivid dream in the near future.
Your Libido Changes:
You may have loss of libido.
For some people who refrain from sex, they begin to feel more sluggish, with less vitality and hunger for sex. It’s sort of like the saying, “out of sight out of mind.”
When your body stops having the feelings associated with orgasms, it simply adjusts to not being given those feelings and stops seeking them out.
Your Urinary Tract Infections Change:
You may lower your risk of UTIs.
It might not be a surprise that the risk of sexually transmitted infections go down if you’re not having sex, but the rates of urinary tract infections may decrease as well. But this depends on the kind of sex you’re having. Intercourse may really be responsible for potentially increasing the risk of recurrent bladder infections, due to the spread of bacteria that can occur. Eighty percent of UTIs in premenopausal women occur within 24 hours of having sex, and as the journal American Family Physician stated, “Frequency of sexual intercourse is the strongest predictor of recurrent urinary tract infections.” If you’re not having intercourse, you avoid these risks.
Your Mood Changes:
You may feel happy or unhappy.
Certainly sex releases endorphins and happy hormones that give a sense of wellbeing that you might no longer get.
From a psychological point of view, someone might feel a responsibility to have sex – they feel that they should be having it. If they are not, that could also lead to a low mood.
Sex is part physical, part mental. When people have sex they’re usually having skin-to-skin contact, and this kind of contact is the first primal way we as humans get comforted [as babies with our mothers. Sexual connection give partners loads of skin-to-skin caressing and touch, and can help to regulate one another’s moods, through the release of the feel-good hormone oxytocin. Without the benefit of these natural pick-me-ups, you might be prone to feeling…