When it comes to sex, you don’t really know how much is too much. In fact, how often you have sex depends on many factors, such as long working hours, mood, age, surroundings or the state of your relationship. If you spend more time in the office than at home, you may find yourself collapsing on your bed when you get home. You may also not have the will to have sex if your bond with your partner is no longer strong. Some women also take a break from sex as they age. Consensual sex is considered healthy, so if you and your partner are very close, stopping sex is not a smart decision. In fact, lack of sex can affect your mind and body in ways you don’t expect.
To find out how a lack of sex can affect your health, Health Shots got in touch with Dr. Seema Sharma, Assistant Director – Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Chandigarh.
1. Your mental health is affected by lack of sex
Are you easily irritated or have mood swings? These are just some of the effects of abstaining from sex. dr. Sharma says that prolonged dry spells can even lead to increased stress, anxiety and depression because the brain is deprived of the endorphins that are released during sex. You may also have low self-esteem.
2. Vaginal tissue thins due to lack of sex
Thinning of the vaginal walls can occur when your body has less estrogen, which mostly happens during menopause. Thinning of the vaginal tissue is also known as vaginal atrophylack of sex can worsen vaginal atrophy and cause discomfort in the body.
3. The immune system weakens due to lack of sex
At a time when there is a high chance of catching a cold in winter, you should think about your immunity. While you can eat foods to boost your immune system, so can sex. The immune system can weaken if you do not have sex. According to the study, a team of researchers at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania found that people who had sex once or twice a week got a 30 percent increase in immunoglobulin A compared to those who hardly had sex or they never had them. Immunoglobulin A, an infection-fighting protein, helps defend against viruses such as those associated with the common cold.
4. Expect late orgasms if you have sex after a long gap
Women can have more orgasms when they have sex, but it can also be late. This is what happens when you jump into bed with your partner after not having sex for a long time. In addition to late orgasms, sex can be painful for women who start after a long break, says the expert. She said that the lack of sex leads to a lack of blood circulation and a dry vagina. Once you feel the dryness down there, you’ll enjoy sex the way you should.
It’s true that some people can abstain from sex for years, but then there are some who can hardly go a week without it! But it’s best if you simply have a healthy dose of sex in your life.