If you are abstaining from sex, then beware that your vagina will go through a series of changes. Misconception is your vagina will grow cobwebs, tumbleweeds along the pelvic floor, and nobody will be able to get into your intimate bits again without struggle.
Good news is that none of that is true, but there are physical consequences of going without sex, many of them are basically negatively focused, which means you’re simply not getting the health benefits sex usually brings. Which sucks, I know, but here are seven things that happen to your body if you stop having sex.
1. No, You Won’t Get “Tighter”
The urban myth shows that if you stop having sex you become tighter which is wrong. Study shows that once the hymen is broken, it doesn’t grow back which means tightness is not influenced by the number of sexual partners or the break you take from having sex. However, the tissues of the vagina may relax in response to arousal or insertion, and may then need to be coached back into it the next time you have sex. Don’t worry; they will remember.
2. Men Are More Likely To Have Erectile Dysfunction
Abstinence seems to increase the likelihood of erectile dysfunction in men.The studies on this tend to focus on older men, but they’re all united in the conclusion that regular sexual activity has a positive effect on a man’s erections. Best advice here is use it or lose it, as it were.
3. Your Libido Might Drop
This is actually not entirely clear although some sexperts are thorough advocates for regular sexual activity as a way of “stocking 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
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. 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 without for a while means they’re a bit slow to start up. Sexual health experts point out that the lubrication process of arousal (wherein your vagina and vulva become “wet”) 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.
6. 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.
7. You Won’t Be As Intelligent As You Could Be
There’s an old wives’ tale that abstinence makes you more intelligent. The truth is actually the opposite: Scientists have demonstrated that sexual activity boosts neuron growth in the brain’s hippocampus. Abstinence, it turns out, does not make the brain grow at all. Just because you’ve suddenly become immensely productive and completed a crossword for the first time in six weeks doesn’t mean your brain’s improving. Alas, it probably just means you’re bored.