What are the negative health consequences of long-term abstinence from sex?
Loss of libido
According to some sexologists, the lack of sex reduces libido. The less often we have sex, the less we begin to feel its lack. This may be due to the fact that when we are not having sex, we have less energy. However, this does not apply to everyone. In some people, it has the opposite effect — it increases sexual desire.
It affects the mood
Due to the lack of physical contact, some people may feel overwhelmed and depressed. When we have sex, we have skin-to-skin contact with our partner, and this kind of contact is the first major way we humans comfort each other (as babies do with their mothers), experts say. This touch between partners helps regulate mood — usually by releasing the hormone oxytocin.
The walls of the vagina become thinner
First of all, this is a problem of women going through menopause. If sexual intercourse at this age is sharply reduced, the walls of the vagina become thinner, which can lead to painful intercourse after a break. The North American Menopause Society recommends having sex regularly, especially during menopause.
The natural moistening of the vagina is disrupted.
This is due to a lack of the hormone estrogen. In women aged 20 to 30 years, due to a sufficient amount of estrogen, the vagina retains its elasticity and moisture, even when sex is not carried out. In women over 60 years of age, due to low estrogen levels, this is not possible.
Sex reduces menstrual pain
Oddly enough, sex during menstruation is actually a good way to reduce menstrual cramps. The uterus is a muscle, and contractions of the uterus during orgasm cause a faster release of blood.
Sex reduces stress
During sex, endorphins and other happiness hormones are released, which suppress stress hormones. Thus, not only does the mood rises but also the body heals. The lack of sex dramatically reduces the production of happiness hormones, which also worsens overall well-being. The bottom line: when you have a partner, have sex more often.