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.
1. Your 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.
2. Your 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.
3. For men, you’re more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction
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.
4. Your 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.
5. Your 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’re not having sex, there’s a decreased chance of infection.