This is what happens when you stop having sex Lost that lovin' feeling? Turns out it could be bad for your health. Dr Gabrielle Morrissey bodyandsoul. Recreation is a big part of our sexual expression. There are many more than most realize and they — those living without sex — are both single and in relationships.
But people live long healthy happy lives without it too. Almost everyone goes through periods of time without sex. When You Stop Having Sex 1. You cope less well with stress. Having sex is a stress buster. It relieves tension in the body physically and emotionally. You can get sicker. Regular sex boosts our immune system and helps keep us healthier.
People who have regular sex have fewer heart attacks or strokes and are healthier. So take those extra multivitamins if sex is off your menu for a while. You can feel more depressed. Sex puts a smile on our face and spring in our step and makes us feel vibrant.
Your relationship can feel disconnected. You can fix this, even without having sex, by emphasising the other areas of your relationship that help you feel close. You may feel isolated, or experience low self esteem. Feeling desired makes us feel good! You may experience a lower libido. Like the chicken and egg theory, really: And 1 per cent of the population are asexual entirely — not only not engaging in sex, not remotely attracted to anyone sexually either. Mostly, for the average person, if you stop having sex, eventually you will stop even wanting sex.
The body and mind will adjust to a new normal. You might start obsessing over it! The lack of sex in your love life translates to a focus on it in any other situation. Be careful not to be inappropriate or you might find you have more problems than just missing a sex life!
Disaster could strike and you could have a total relationship breakdown or even one of you could have an affair. A sad, but true stereotype. Sexless marriage is more common than you think but if a sexless relationship continues for too long, eventually one partner will become bored, restless, far too unsatisfied so the levels of general unhappiness surge and eventually one partner if not both look elsewhere for love, affection and yes, sex.
You may get more productive in other ways! Without a sex life to distract you, draining your energy and attention, you might find you become a star at work or find a new activity or hobby you never made time or space in your life for before. You might spend up big, or seek dopamine highs in other ways.
Having sex feel sgood and meets a need in our bodies and brains to get that high in our life of pleasure responses. Without sex as one of those outlets, other ways could become triggered, or be enhanced. You might get your jollies drinking wine or eating sugar or thrugh retail therapy. For the dopamine trap! Find a healthy outlet!