Lifelong celibacy is a different prospect than experiencing sex and then stopping it. Celibacy has effects on your body, but they’re hardly life-threatening, and they definitely aren’t going to get in the way of your next sexual adventure.
Here are Seven things that happen to your body when you stop having sex.
1. Men Are More Likely To Have Erectile Dysfunction
This is an interesting discovery, but possibly not one that’s welcome if you’re a guy having a bit of time off from intercourse. Abstinence seems to increase the likelihood of erectile dysfunction in men. Regular sexual activity has a positive effect on a man’s erections. There’s also a possibility that regular ejaculations might help a man avoid prostate cancer.
2. Your Immune System Becomes More Vulnerable
It seems as if sexual activity actually contributes positively to your body’s immune function. In women, these changes appear to be geared toward making it easier to get pregnant. The flip side, unfortunately, is that if you’re not getting busy regularly, then you’re not getting those benefits, and you may be more prone to illnesses and infections that your immune system would otherwise block.
3. Your Libido Might Drop
This is actually not entirely clear. Some experts are thorough advocates for regular sexual activity as a way of ‘stoking the fire of your libido’ in the belief that a period of abstinence will lessen sexual desire over time as your body dampens hormonal response to arousal. Others disagree, though, so it may be a personal matter that depends on your own sexual experiences.
4. You May Become More Stressed
This is another of those cases in which the link between positives becomes a negative. Small studies have found that people who haven’t had regular sexual intercourse have higher blood pressure spikes in response to stress than people who have recently gotten laid. In particular, if you’ve been used to the stress-lowering pluses of sex, then its absence may not have a good impact on your general ability to cope with anxious moments.
5. Your Cardiovascular Health Might Suffer
A good sexual life is strongly linked to cardiovascular health, and entering a sex drought removes that hormonal and aerobic boost. But not a lot of work has been done on precisely what happens to the heart after a period of no sex. It may just be the case that if you take out your sexual frustration on the treadmill, then your heart will end up healthier than it was before you stopped.
6. You Might Take Longer To Get Wet
It turns out that having regular sex is basically a way of tuning up your sexual organs, and that going with out for a while means they’re a bit slow to start up. Sexual health experts point out that the lubrication process of arousal benefits from regularity, and if you stop for a while, you might need a bit of extra help in the arousal department when you get back in the saddle.
7. You Drastically Lower Your Risk Of UTIs And STDs
At last, some good news. The STD 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 sex (particularly from the anus). So a sex-free life will keep you secure. You can, however, get various STDs and UTIs from nonsexual contact, so you’re not completely out of the woods.