It happens to all of us. There are many reasons why you haven't been sexually active recently, and that's okay. Maybe you're single, and the thought of a one night stand doesn't interest you, or you're practicing abstinence.
You might even be in a relationship, but have been so overly exhausted from every day life, you just haven't gotten the time to check it off your to-do list (seriously?). Whatever the reason may be, you might tell yourself you don't miss it or need it, but your body certainly does.
Scientific research proves that your body experiences significant changes when you're not having any sexual relations for two weeks ... Who would've thought! Sex is good for you. #sexualhealing.
1. Your stress level increases
Sex is a stress reliever. According to a Scottish study, people who have sex on a regular basis tend to be more easy going and less stressed with day to day life. Your body releases endorphins during sex that are natural mood boosters and stress relievers. That explains why you feel so relaxed after the act.
2. There's a higher risk of you getting a cold or stomach flu
Sex boosts immunity. Endorphins released during sex have been found to stimulate immune system cells that fight disease. Researchers have found higher levels of Immunoglobulin A in individuals who have regular sex. Immunoglobulin A is a type of antibody that helps to protect us from infections. It is normally found in high levels in the mucous membranes of the digestive and respiratory tracts.
3. UTIs won't happen as frequently
"YES! There's something you can look forward to! According to The New York Times, 80% of UTIs (Urinary Track Infections) occur within 24 hours of intercourse.
4. Your relationship with your s/o won't be working as well
If you're single, this doesn't apply to you. But if you're in a relationship, not having sex for over two weeks, especially if you're in the same bed as your s/o might worry him/her. Of course life happens and sometimes you're too busy to get down and dirty, but it is definitely something every couple needs to take time for. It is said that intimacy builds the strongest connection with your partner.
5. As a woman, you'll feel more depressed
According to a study done by the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, women fall into a state of depression when not having sexual intercourse for a long periods of time. Studies have found that semen actually contains mood-altering hormones that can help reduce depression, oestrogen, testosterone, and several other compounds.
6. You gain weight
One hour of sex burns 360 calories. Yes, you heard right. I don't have to tell you that any type of sexual relation increases your heart rate, hence burning calories. Kissing for one hour burns 68 calories, oral sex 100 calories and the actual act from 150-360 calories per hour. If you consider that the average couple has sex 4 times a week, you're not only saying no to sex, you're saying no to burning 1,200 calories a week.
7. Your headaches will be much harder to endure
Having sex increases the production of oxytocin, the "love hormone". Oxytocin is a hormone released by the posterior portion of the pituitary gland (a tiny gland found at the base of the brain) that causes increased contraction in the uterus. This increase leads to the release of endorphins, which is known as a natural pain-killing hormone. According to The Science of Orgasm by Beverly Whipple, when women have an orgasm, pain tolerance and pain detection intensity increases significantly, by up to 74.6 percent and 106.7 percent.