Staying away from sex? Know the side effects of sexual abstinence

RelationshipStaying away from sex? Know the side effects of sexual abstinence

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Sex is that feeling of human life that almost every adult man or woman wants to experience in their lives to the fullest levels. As one transition from puberty to adulthood, consensual sex is duly to happen over a period of time. Whether married or not, research says that indulging in regular sexual activities can leave a positive impact on a person’s mood and also improve their relationships with their partners. But then there is no rule book of how many times one can have sex with their partner and what is the specific duration for long-lasting sex life.

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One cannot write a guidebook for the rules and regulations when it comes to sex life. However, not having sex for a long time like months or years can also leave a negative impression in the minds of the partners. Less frequency of sex can have its own ill effects on the body and mind of partners. Depending on the age and certain socio-economic factors and family conditions, the frequency of having sex changes between the partners.

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But not having sex at all is one of the major reasons for negativity in the relationship and also falling into the trap of getting affected by several physical and mental health issues. So, let us understand the physical negative effects of not having sex or sexual abstinence in relationships. Irregular or non-frequent sex can lead to different health conditions in men such as retrograde ejaculation, premature ejaculations, erectile dysfunction, urinary tract infection, and prostrate disorders, among others. Common sexual health issues faced by women are vaginal dryness, intercourse pain, menstrual pain, polycystic ovary syndrome, urinary tract infection, pelvic floor weakness, etc.

Some men and women may also go through physical health problems due to lack of sexual intercourse such as increased chances of becoming obese, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, lower-back problems, tiredness, etc. There are various endorphins and feel-good hormones that get released when one doesn’t have sex with their partner for a prolonged period. It just affects the person’s mood and even makes them get into depression and other distressing mental health issues. One may also lose quality sleep as they are not being connected with their partners on a physical level.

There can be sleep disturbances due to a lack of physical intimacy and sexual intercourse among couples for several years. Some couples may also feel mental exhaustion and relationship conflicts if sexual intercourse is absent from their lives for a long period. There can be also questions of self-worth and anxiety among the couples that can lead to insecurity in the relationship. 

There are several reasons why people abstain from sex. For example, some couples may make sex the need of their relationship while some couples may slow down the need for physical intimacy after their child-bearing years. Whatever it is, if both partners have mutually decided to not have sex in their lives then the relationship will remain strong. When in doubt, couples can also consult their doctors before taking any decision with regard to stopping sexual activities and how it can affect their physical and mental health.

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