When it comes to having sexual intercourse, people assume that all it does is take away certain urges. To a certain extent this is true, our bodies, especially the male body, have a lot of testosterone which needs to be released. But having ongoing sexual intercourse can be difficult. You might have a busy schedule or have gone through a recent breakup which may turn you off of the idea. But research has shown that there are certain things that will happen if you stop having sex on a regular basis.
Let’s take a step back for a second; we all go through dry spells, especially in long-term relationships. Maybe the spark is gone and it’s becoming difficult to regain it. The worst thing you can do is give up, especially if both partners really care about each other. The best thing you can do is keep trying, but don’t force it. The more pressure you put on the idea of having intercourse on a regular basis, the harder it will get.
If there is one thing that is certain, it’s that the dry spell will affect your body in different ways. To find out what will happen if you stop having sex on a regular basis, keep reading!
You’ll Feel More Anxious: When you have sexual intercourse, your brain releases endorphins and oxytocin. In basic terms, these chemicals are what make you happy. Have you ever noticed that when you have sexual intercourse you feel more relaxed and happy? It’s the most natural stress reliever. Researchers in Scotland found that people who would stop having sex on a regular basis found it difficult to cope with stressful situations.
Prostate Cancer: This is obviously directed towards men. Did you know that having sex can actually protect you from developing prostate cancer? A study that was presented to the American Urological Association showed that men who had sexual intercourse on a regular basis reduced the risk of developing prostate cancer by 20%. Why? Each time a man ejaculates, they remove harmful substances from their prostate.
You’re More Susceptible to Getting Sick: If you stop having sex, you’re less likely to be exposed to germs. But you’re also robbing your body of getting the immune-boosting benefits from sex as well. A study was conducted by researchers at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania, and they found that people who had sexual intercourse at least twice a week boosted their immunoglobulin A (IGA) by 30%. IGA is the first line of defense when fighting a virus.
You Reduce the Risk of Getting a UTI: Almost 80% of all UTIs occur within 24 hours of sexual intercourse. During sexual intercourse for women, bacteria in the vagina can be pushed into the urethra, where it will cause an infection. So here is the bright side, if you’re a woman, and you stop having sex, you reduce the risk of having painful trips to the washroom.
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