Less Sex, More Problems?

African American couple in bed readingToo busy for sex? Practicing celibacy? Here’s what can potentially happen to your body when work, school, or life in general gets in the way of a little “bow-chick-a-wow-wow.”

You’re more susceptible to catching a common cold.

While spending less time rolling around in the sheets reduces your exposure to germs, you can also miss out on the immune-boosting benefits of lovemaking, experts say. In fact, per researchers at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania, persons who had sex once or twice a week saw a 30 percent boost in immunoglobulin A (IgA) – one of the first lines of defenses against viruses — than those who had less frequent sex.

You may feel more anxious.

Scottish scientists found that those abstaining from sex had trouble coping with stressful situations including “public speaking and verbal arithmetic,” when compared to people who had intercourse at least once over two weeks.

“For a fortnight, 24 women and 22 men used daily diaries to record PVI, masturbation, and partnered sexual behavior in the absence of PVI. Persons who reported PVI (but no other sexual activities) had better stress response (less reactivity and/or lower baseline levels) than persons reporting other or no sexual behaviors,” the study reads.

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