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What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Having Sex

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Not having sex can be quite frustrating. Whether you are going through a dry spell in your relationship or you are single and short of quality partners. Whatever the reason might be, forced abstinence isn’t fun.

Having regular sex is good for your health. It has all sorts of benefits, from increased serotonin and oxytocin levels to better cardiovascular endurance. You sleep better, you feel more relaxed and, more than anything else, it allows for intimate physical connection with another person. So if you stop having sex, your body reacts to that too.

These are some of the things that happen to your body if you stop having sex for a while.

You might feel more stressed.

Sex is a stress inhibitor. The hormones released during sex help the body recover from stressful periods which is why a regular dose of sex time is especially beneficial for people with high-stress jobs.

You might get sick more often.

Regular sex is associated with a better functioning immune system. Participants who have been reported having sex regularly (at least once per week) were found to have higher levels of an important immunoglobin that is known to increase resistance to illnesses like the common cold. A strong immune system means you will get sick less often, and when you do get sick, it won’t take as long for you to feel better.

Arousal might get harder.

When deprived of sex for long periods of time, men have a harder time getting hard. Women may also struggle with arousal and lubrication after extended periods of abstinence. Regular friction is what keeps our juices flowing!

You get more forgetful.

Regular sexual activity boosts the function of hippocampus, an area of the brain strongly linked to memory. Scientists believe that increased sexual activity can even reverse the effects of aging and stress on the brain. Basically, when you have sex often your brain produces new neurons, which makes it better at remembering and processing information.

The study also showed that when sex stops, the higher memory and cognitive functions are lost, despite the presence of new neurons.

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