What Happens When You Stop Having Sex?

It actually increases the risk for various health issues

Sex is good for you. This may seem like an obvious statement, as sex makes you feel good (or at least it’s supposed to), but there is much, much more to it than that. Sex actually has a big impact on our overall health. And while you probably don’t have to be convinced to have more of it, this is what happens to your mind and body when you go without:

You may get sick more often

Our bodies produce something called immunoglobulin A (IgA), which is an antibody that helps ward off sickness. And according to a study conducted by researchers at Wilkes University, people who have sex one or two times a week get an increase in IgA of up to 30 percent.

Your anxiety levels go up

The brain releases chemicals during sex that make us feel good and more relaxed, including oxytocin and endorphins. Another study published in Biological Psychology found that people not having sex experienced higher levels of stress during an activity such as public speaking compared to someone who had sex at least one time over a period of two weeks. Even if you don’t currently have a sexual partner, the good news is that masturbating can also cut down on stress.

There’s an increased risk of erectile dysfunction

According to a study conducted in Finland, men ages 55 to 75 who don’t have sex often are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction as those who have sex at least once a week. The theory is that because the penis acts like a muscle, it needs to be used regularly to maintain its health and strength.

Men also have to worry about prostate cancer

Less sex for men could also increase the risk of prostate cancer, says another study. Findings revealed that men who ejaculated at least 21 times per month cut their chances of getting prostate cancer by 20 percent. This could be because ejaculating removes substances from the prostate that might be harmful. Like its effect on stress, masturbating may also cut the risk of prostate cancer – in older men.

You’ll feel more removed from your partner

While it’s certainly not the only way to bond, sex helps people become closer and more connected to their partners. This is especially true for married couples, says psychologist Les Parrott.

“Going without sex in a marriage can deliver a hit to your self-esteem, engender guilt, and decrease levels of oxytocin and other bonding hormones,” Parrott says. “It can also increase fears that one of you will look to others for your sexual needs, which can breed a little paranoia.”

You may become depressed

Lack of sex can make anyone feel down and lead to depression and anxiety. One study revealed an interesting impact on women, finding that semen may actually work as an anti-depressant. It contains compounds, including serotonin and melatonin, which can enhance mood.

Are physical issues preventing you from having sex?

Many people probably aren’t having as much sex as they would like – and one of the reasons may be poor circulation to the genitals. Fortunately, GAINSWave® has a medical protocol that can increase blood flow to the penis.

Utilizing low-intensity sound waves, this procedure not only breaks up the plaque that has formed in blood vessels, it also stimulates the growth of new vessels. If you’re interested in learning more, look for a GAINSWave provider near you.

Alvaro Ocampo M.D.

Dr. Ocampo is an expert physician specializing in anti-aging, hormone therapy, pathology and environmental medicine. He received his medical degree from Columbia State Medical School in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Ocampo’s comprehensive medical experience includes working as medical officer for the U.S. Public Health Service and C.D.C, National Institute for Occupational Health, medical director for the U.S. Public Health Service, and as a Principal Investigator for American Pharmaceutical Companies.