This is what happens to your body when you stop having sex

Can we really lose it if we don't use it?

What happens when you stop having sex, libido, stress, erectile disfunction

Almost everyone goes through periods of time without sex. Perhaps you’re single. Or maybe you’re in a long-distance relationship. It could even be that life (read: kids and work) is simply getting in the way. Whatever the reason, your dry spell in the sack can affect your health in many ways.

5 things that happen when you stop having sex

1Your immune system may get weaker

Want to avoid a running nose? Have more sex. Yep, that’s right. According to Dr. Desmond Ebanks regular sex can help strengthen your immune system. “Individuals who have sex once or twice a week show 30 percent higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which is known to boost the immune system,” he says.

2Your libido may decrease

Can you really lose it if you don’t use it? Maybe. Some experts say that when you’re in a  rut, over a period of time, you’ll lose the desire for sex, and possibly have trouble getting aroused. Whilst other say that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

3For men, you’re more likely to suffer from erectile disfunction

A study in The American Journal of Medicine shows that regular action between the sheets can help prevent erectile dysfunction, specifically premature ejaculation. There’s also a possibility that regular ejaculations might help a man avoid prostate cancer.

4Your stress levels might increase

It’s no secret that sex is a great way to relieve stress, thanks to the release of “feel-good” hormones. But studies have also shown that when you’re not getting any, you have a harder time dealing with stress-induced situations.

5Your risk of UTIs and STIs could decrease

The STI part may not come as a surprise, but UTIs (urinary tract infections) are often caused by the transfer of bacteria to the urinary tract during intercourse. So if you’ve not having sex, there’s a decreased chance of infection.