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.
At a press conference Monday, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that as of Tuesday, July 6, Quebecers will be able to move up their second vaccine dose appointment to a date between four and eight weeks following their first dose if they so choose.
Vaccine manufacturers recommend a minimum of four weeks between doses, the minister said.
He added that though Quebec public health officials still recommend a period of eight weeks between doses, they're giving "latitude" to residents to make their own decision about the interval — especially, Dubé continued, in light of the "threat" of coronavirus variants.
The move marks the second time that the government has allowed Quebecers to advance their second dose appointments.
In June, the government of Quebec cut the recommended interval between first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from 16 to eight weeks.
Where: Saint James United Church, 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Why You Need To Go: Yes, you read that right — just outside Saint James United Church is the coolest sandy beach hangout, where you can even bring booze. It's the most relaxing place to chill in the middle of the downtown core.
To celebrate its new location in the Old Port of Montreal, One Babo is serving up $2 bubble teas all day Saturday starting at 12 p.m., as long as you follow its Instagram page. The first 50 people will actually get their boba totally free.
One Babo, formerly called One More Thé, has another location on Chemin Queen Mary in Côte-des-Neiges. This is its second time opening in the Old Port after the previous location had to close last year due to COVID-19.
"This year, we were lucky to be able to open once more in our favourite place in Montreal, but in a different spot," said Karen Chen, One Babo's external coordinator.
Chen described One Babo as an international expansion of a Taiwanese boba chain.
"We specialize in authentic Taiwanese boba drinks with an innovative twist, with unique flavours and toppings for everybody to enjoy," Chen said.
Here's what you can expect to find on the menu on July 3:
Classic One Babo Milk Tea
Jasmine Tea Jelly Lemonade
Black Iced Tea with Boba
Violet Crystal (Yakult®)
Grapefruit Green Tea
Pouchong Rice Honey Tea with Boba
The drinks will be served in "regular fat cups," according to Chen, and they will all include a topping!
$2 Bubble Tea at One Babo
When: Saturday, July 3, from noon to 9 p.m.
Address: One Babo (previously known as One More Thé), 3, rue de la Commune O., Old Port of Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Taiwanese bubble tea in fat cups for $2 or possibly even free — this is a boba lover's dream.
Quebec's Health Ministry has moved up the timeframe for second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
In a press release, the ministry announced "that the recommended interval between the two doses for vaccines administered in Quebec is 8 weeks or more" — moved up from the previous 16 weeks for Pfizer and Moderna.