There are times in life when sexual relations are rare. The ancient ascetics sought to purify their bodies and souls by renouncing material pleasures, including sexual abstinence.
According to the famous Pythagoras, sex should be practiced in winter and never in summer, because it was harmful to male health. Many ancient and current religions also advocate chastity. But what happens if you are in a relationship and go through a period without sex? What are the effects on your body and mind?
Happiness and relaxation: the hidden benefits of sex
When you have sex, you release endorphins, which act on the brain's pleasure and reward centers, and dopamines, which reduce pain and stress. This makes you feel happy and relaxed. Sex also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Of course, when you're stressed, sex may be the last thing on your mind. But maybe you should give it more thought.
According to some studies, sexual abstinence can lead to lowered self-esteem, mood, and overall depression. These symptoms are even more pronounced if the person feels frustrated that he or she cannot have sex as much as he or she would like.
Libido at half-mast: the consequences of sexual deprivation
Sex therapist Sari Cooper explains that sex is extremely beneficial and can even contribute to a longer life. People who abstain from sex may begin to feel slower, with less vitality and less desire. Women may also experience other problems, such as more intense menstrual cramps, less lubrication (especially as they age and hormones such as estrogen decrease) or weakening of the vaginal walls.
Heart problems: sex, an essential exercise for the heart
Sex is also beneficial for cardiovascular health, as it is an aerobic exercise that helps lower blood pressure, especially in women when they have orgasms, as it stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin. Of course, this must be accompanied by a healthy lifestyle, including quitting smoking, getting good sleep, moderating alcohol and drugs, and getting regular exercise.
The myth of hymen regeneration
There is an urban legend that after a certain period of time without sex (and if you are a woman), the hymen could regenerate. Although the legends are often unfounded, it is true that after a long period without sex, intercourse can sometimes be painful. There is an explanation for this.
Nerves can play nasty tricks, and it is essential to relax before engaging in sex. If you don't, muscles can tense up, making the experience painful. You may be anxious about resuming sexual activity after a long period of abstinence, which can cause uncomfortable tension. The key is to relax and take your time!
Sex, a vital need for physical and emotional well-being
All in all, abstinence from sex can have negative consequences on your body and mind, ranging from stress to depression to heart problems. So it's crucial to consider the importance of sex to a balanced and healthy life. If you are going through a period without sex, don't hesitate to talk about it with your partner and look for solutions to get back to a fulfilling sex life. Communication and togetherness are the keys to overcoming these difficulties and taking full advantage of the benefits of sex on your well-being.