Sex affects not only physical but also mental health. And prolonged abstinence can negatively affect your mood and stress resistance. Moreover, some studies have even linked the absence of sex to an increased risk of developing depression. But, fortunately, active sports can reduce this risk and keep you cheerful.
This is especially important for postmenopausal women: regular sex helps maintain the tone of the intimate muscles and is therefore especially important for the prevention of urinary incontinence in old age. By the way, regular exercises for the intimate muscles help to achieve the same effect.
Your body will stop producing oil
If you take a break from your sex life, you may experience a lack of natural lubrication during your first sexual intercourse after a break – and this is perfectly normal. The body produces less estrogen and until it is rebuilt again, you better resort to additional moisturizers.
Your susceptibility to stress will change
Interestingly, it is impossible to predict exactly how: several studies conducted by experts from Scotland have confirmed that in most cases, people who have sex regularly show higher stress resistance. But some of the subjects, on the contrary, the less they had sex, the better they responded to stressful situations.
You will have a reduced risk of UTIs
When there is a period of retention in your life, not only the risk of sexually transmitted infections (which is logical) decreases, but also the risk of urinary tract infections. According to experts, 80% of UTIs occur in women within 24 hours after sexual intercourse, and the frequency of sexual intercourse is the strongest trigger for re-infections. So abstaining from sex is likely to reduce the risk of developing these infections.
Your menstrual cramps may get worse
Regular sex can really relieve cramps during menstruation. The mechanism of this has not yet been fully studied, but researchers believe that this effect is based on muscle contractions of the uterus during orgasm and, consequently, the rapid removal of blood, as well as the action of endorphins, which are actively released during sex.