We all go through a dry spell every now and then. There’s plenty of reasons why someone hasn’t been sexually active for a while. It can be because you’ve gone through a break-up recently and simply aren’t interested in physical intimacy. Or maybe you’re, for various reasons, deciding to abstain from sex for a period of time.
This can happen to people in relationships too. Maybe the attraction isn’t there anymore or you and your partner have been too busy or tired from everyday life to hit the sheets. And it’s easy to convince ourselves that it isn’t important or vital to our health. However, regular sexual activity is quite beneficial to the body.
There is research proving that when we don’t engage in sexual relations for two or more weeks our body may experience significant changes. So, sex isn’t just about feeling good, but also staying healthy!
- Stress levels can increase
During sex, endorphin, one of the happiness hormones, is released. Endorphins are natural stress relievers and a great way to give yourself a mood boost. Studies have proven that people who have sex regularly tend to be less stressed in everyday life. So, to keep yourself relaxed, stay busy in the bedroom.
- Higher risk of catching stomach flu or a cold
The endorphins we mentioned are not only a mood booster. They also stimulate the immune system, which is vital in fighting colds off. In addition, it was found that people who have sex more often also have higher levels of immunoglobulin A. This is an antibody usually found in large numbers in the mucous membrane of the digestive and respiratory tract. So, regular sex also boosts the immune system.
- Headaches can become more painful
Another hormone whose production benefits greatly from regular sex is oxytocin. Released by the back portion of the pituitary gland, it is also known as the love hormone. This hormone causes more frequent uterine contractions, which in turn leads to increased endorphin release. And if endorphins weren’t great already, they’re a natural painkiller too. In ” The Science of Orgasm”, author Beverly Whipple claims that when women experience an orgasm, both detection and tolerance of pain intensity increase significantly. So next time you have a headache, instead of avoiding sex, use it as a fun way to relieve pain.
- You may feel more depressed
This is especially true for women, according to Archives of Sexual Behaviour. Women who haven’t engaged in sexual activity for a while may experience mild depression symptoms.
- Possible weight gain
Sex is actually an intense physical exercise. Any type of sexual activities increase your heart rate and lead to increased calorie burn. For example, an hour of sex can burn up to 360 calories. An hour of kissing is less effective, only 68 calories. Oral sex can burn up to 100 calories. The average couple has sex about 4 times a week. That would make around 1 200 calories per week just from sex. So, by not having any you’re missing out on some great exercise.
- UTI will be less frequent
According to researchers, about 80% of UTIs (urinary tract infections) occur 24 hours after sex.
- It may cause relationship problems
This is actually common in long-term relationships. You both get too busy or too tired to do much more than fall face down at the end of the day. But this may threaten your relationship. Not having sex with your partner for more than two weeks can be worrying for both parties. Sex is a part of the relationship you simply need to find time for. It is vital for building a stronger relationship and increasing intimacy with your partner.
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