There was a time not that long ago when nobody would talk about S-E-X. The reason for this wasn’t so much that people weren’t having sex – after all, we are all here – rather, it was considered something that was private, personal and was rarely talked about unless it was between two consenting individuals in a committed relationship. My how the times have changed, and we don’t think that is such a bad thing, for not only are we as a society talking about sex more, but we are starting to understand that this most natural of practices is actually incredibly beneficial to our overall health and well-being.
Over the past few decades, research has been conducted that has shown that sex does much more for us than just making us feel good. It has been shown repeatedly that sex can help to relieve stress, boost our immune system, improve cardiovascular health along with our self-esteem, it improves intimacy between two people, reduces pain and inflammation in the body, and can even help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. That is only a few of the health benefits of sex, however, while those have been explored rather thoroughly, what doesn’t often get talked about is what happens when you stop having sex on a regular basis; that is, until now. For there are two-sides to every coin and today we are going to discuss all the bad things that happen to your body when you stop having sex.
Touching back on the timeless adage “use it or lose it,” we find ourselves at the less than appealing fact that if you are a man and abstaining from sex for whatever reason, your risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction increases. According to a 2008 study published in the
American Journal of Medicine, it was found that men who reported having sex once a week was about half as likely to experience erectile dysfunction when they did, then compared to men who had sex less frequently. The study took a look at 900 men, ages 55 to 75, which concluded that regular intercourse can ultimately help protect them from ED.