Abstinence: here’s what happens when you abstain from sex

Self-imposed abstinence from sex? Only monks do that! If that's your spontaneous reaction, you're not alone and you're not entirely wrong. Sexual abstinence is usually involuntary and due to external circumstances: a lot of stress, illness or being single.

US researchers at the University of San Diego Revealed in a study that we have less sex today than 20 years ago. According to the results, in the nineties people had sex 60 to 65 times a year, today only about 53 times. A Study of the University of Leipzig Backs up the declining trend, young people in particular live ascetic lives: nearly 30 percent of single men and women between the ages of 15 and 30 had not had sex in the year before the study (masturbation excluded). 

But there are also people who voluntarily prescribe chastity, almost like a sex fast. Behind this is the belief that we are doing something good for ourselves – but the opposite is the case. By the way, imposed asexuality is not to be confused with a sex trend that has spilled over from the U.S. to Europe: the so-called "asexuality"

NoFap-Exercise. The followers, who exchange themselves in Internet forums, renounce consciously masturbation to sex films. Reason: They suffer from porn addiction, can no longer enjoy real sex. In such a case, abstinence can actually help. Why and how abstinence can even harm your body, we will show you below.

1. You weaken in performance

Have you ever gone through a phase in your life when you didn't have sex for a long time? If no, you are lucky! If you do, you might know the awkward feeling the first time after the dry spell. The "flow" is missing, the fear of failing is great. And indeed, after long abstinence, problems with erection can occur.

This phenomenon is colloquially also called "widower syndrome. The reason for your lack of stamina is low testosterone levels and lack of practice. Because the penis and its performance will only stay in shape if you exercise it regularly – you snooze, you rust. Means: The erectile tissue in the penis must be regularly well supplied with blood. Masturbation and sex with a partner train not only the sense of rhythm, but also the steadfastness of the best piece.

2. Abstinence can increase your blood pressure

If you have sex regularly, your blood pressure remains lower in stressful situations. In one study, published in the trade magazine Biological Psychology, scientists prove that regular sex lowers blood pressure. In subjects who enjoyed a fulfilling sex life, they measured lower blood pressure in stressful situations than in subjects who rarely or never had sex. And it also makes a difference whether they masturbate or make love together: In subjects who regularly had sex with a partner, researchers measured even lower blood pressure than men who regularly satisfy themselves.

3. The risk of prostate cancer increases

Men, masturbate! Even researchers advise to at least masturbate if man currently has no partner to share love with. Studies by the Harvard Medical School in the USA proved that the less often a man ejaculates, the higher the risk of developing prostate cancer. The result of their research: Men who ejaculate 4 to 7 times a week have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

4. You feel more stressed

After a passionate night, even the choleric boss or urgent deadlines can't get you off track. This is not a coincidence. Sex releases the hormones oxytocin and endorphin, which inhibit the stress hormone cortisol and lift your spirits. Means the other way round: If you abstain from sex because of stress, you can even feel twice as bad because of it. So it's better to relax with your sweetheart in bed instead of on the sofa in front of the TV.

5. You give away a natural muscle growth accelerator

Researchers have found that competitive athletes who play fast-paced strength sports should abstain from sex 24 to 48 hours before a competition or hard workout. Reason: During orgasm, the hormone oxytocin, which is released, ensures that aggressiveness decreases. However, in order to be able to win a competition, a certain degree of aggressiveness is crucial. Sex also makes you calm.

For athletes who play a sport that requires a lot of concentration, such as archery, sex (up to 4 hours before competition) can lead to improved marksmanship because of it. Apart from athletic performance, however, regular sex also provides an increase in testosterone in the blood and thus contributes to healthy muscle growth. One Study of Zhejiang University proven in China: When ejaculation fails to occur, testosterone levels are maintained for 6 days. With each additional day without ejaculation it decreases.

6. Abstinence from sex makes your immune system weaker

The best remedy against colds: an orgasm – at least once a week. U.S. psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania found in a study that regular sex strengthens the immune system. They took saliva samples from subjects who had sex 1 to 2 times a week. The result: The samples contained a very high concentration of the antibody immunoglobulin A, which is effective against colds. The value was significantly higher than in men who did not have sex or rarely had sex.

7. The performance at work decreases

Apparently, lack of sex can also lower work performance and drive for other activities. US scientists at the Oregon State University found in a Study found that couples with active sex lives are happier at work and show higher engagement at work. The explanation: sex leads to a release of dopamine. The hormone is closely linked to the reward center in the brain. The effect of bubbling hormones lasts up to 24 hours, researchers say.

8. Abstinence harms your relationship happiness

If there is a lull in bed for a long time, this also harms the partnership. If one of the partners regularly rejects advances, the other partner soon feels as if he or she is on the sidelines – this can end in a vicious circle. In addition, without sex, both partners lack the release of the bonding hormone oxytocin during physical contact and orgasm. It makes partners feel attracted to and more empathetic towards each other. Through intimate touching, you demonstrate mutual trust and willingness to engage with each other. And, don't forget: When you lust after your partner, it's the best compliment you can give her.

Conclusion: Sex is the best home remedy

A drought does you no more good than it does your houseplant. The reasons we give for not having sex (stress, pain, lack of desire) do not apply. Because researchers proved: Sex is an effective home remedy against all these reasons. To keep your sex-health balance in balance, you can now have sex on prescription. If you don't have a partner, you should do it yourself. By the way, the lovemaking is also an act of charity: Women also live healthier and more relaxed lives if they have sex regularly.

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