This is what happens to your body when you stop having sex

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Saturday 06 May 2017 11:15

If you’re going through a dry spell in the bedroom, you might be wondering what kind of affect it might be having on your body and mind.

Here's a little run down of the things that happen when you struggle to get lucky:

You might feel unhappier

Ok, yes, this may seem like the most obvious one... But Dr Mark Lawton from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV told Metro:

Certainly sex releases endorphins and happy hormones that give a sense of wellbeing that you might no longer get.

From a psychological point of view, someone might feel a responsibility to have sex – they feel that they should be having it. If they are not, that could also lead to a low mood.

Loss of libido

Certified sex therapist Sari Cooper told Reader’s Digest:

For some people who refrain from sex, they begin to feel more sluggish, with less vitality and hunger for sex.

Out of sight out of mind is how some of my clients describe the scenario.

You might lose a bit of heart health

Sex can be good for your heart, according to research. It’s aerobic exercise after all, and that’s good for you. One expert says a healthy sex life may decrease your risk of having a heart attack.

Here's where you won't see changes:

If you're a woman, your hymen won’t grow back

Any tightness you feel down there is just nerves. Dr Lawton said:

It’s important that you relax when you have sex.

If you don’t, the muscles can tense up which makes sex painful. You may well be anxious about having sex if you haven’t had it in a while, which can lead to tension that can make it uncomfortable.

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