By Eve

LifeBuzz Staff

10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Don’t Have Sex.

There's a lot of reasons you might stop having sex. Sometimes stress from work, breakups, or travel are the cause or maybe it's totally voluntary for religious purposes or maybe you just need a break. Whatever the reason, many things change when you stop having sex regularly. Your body stops producing chemicals and hormones when you stop having orgasms.

Let's take a look at some other things that you can expect when you stop having sex.

#1. You might be a little sad.

Sex therapist Dr. Stephanie Buehler wrote in her book Sex, Love, and Mental Illness, "When a person has an orgasm alone or with a partner, it gives a boost to serotonin and raises endorphins and opioids, the brain’s so-called happy chemicals."

Fortunately, there are other ways to boost your endorphins. Maybe go for a run, take a hike through a forest, or watch a funny movie with a friend.

#2. Your vagina won't get smaller but his penis will.

It's a myth that if you abstain from sex your vagina will get tighter. It's also a misconception that if you have lots of sex you will become loose.

For men, it's a little different they can actually get smaller. Tobias Kohler, MD, assistant professor of urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, warns, "If they don't do anything to maintain normal erections, they will get shortening of the penis. Without regular erections, penile tissue can become less elastic and shrink, making the penis 1-2 centimeters shorter."

Your vagina won't get smaller but his penis will.


#3. Men may experience erectile dysfunction from not having sex.

Use it or lose it!

Dr. Nelson E. Bennett, erectile dysfunction expert at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, says, "The penis is a muscle and like any other muscle it needs exercise, so more exercise is good for erectile dysfunction. But that may not mean you need to have frequent intercourse or masturbation to protect yourself from ED. It's the erection that does the exercise, not the ejaculation, and most men have three to six erections naturally every night."

Men may experience erectile dysfunction from not having sex.

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#4. Loss of libido.

If you abstain from sex for long periods of time you might not miss it. For some men, this can be a little threatening since so their masculinity is linked to their sexuality. Once you start having sex again your sex drive will increase.

Loss of libido.

#5. You might have feelings of self-doubt, anger and frustration.

A study, published in 2001 in the Journal of Sex Research, by doctors from Georgia State University found that people who were involuntarily celibate often experience feelings of self-doubt, frustration, anger, and depression. All were linked to not having sex.

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