Men, what happens when you don’t have sex?
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Men, what happens when you don’t have sex?

Whether it be due to sexual orientation, choice or being forced is not important. But it is statistically shown that having little or no sex, does not have negative side affect. Neither physical nor psychological. And it’s just as true for men as it is for women.

But mind you, having sex alone (masturbation) or with a partner, does have positive physiological effects. According to some studies it can improve immune system function, contribute to lower blood pressure thereby reducing the risk of heart-related events and it can reduce stress levels. In men, it seems that frequent ejaculation can even reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

If having sex seems to have some benefits, this doesn’t mean that refraining from sex results in their oppositites. The frequency of sex in men (and women) is influenced by many factors, from age to hormonal fluctuations and from desire to the health of a relationship. This ebb and flow is normal and experiencing a decrease in sexual activity is rarely a sign that something is non working correctly or that a disorder is present.

Even from a psychological perspective it is understood that even prolonged abstinence has no repercussions at the emotional level or on mental health. An American study found that out of nearly 18,000 people, 15.2% of men hadn’t had sex for a year and 8.7% hadn’t for 5 years or more. Yet the levels of satisfaction in their lives were comparable to those who were sexually active.

Some abstain from sex voluntarily to feel better or safer, others because of their sexual orientation (assexuals) or others for religious reasons. For these people, not having sex means maintaining their balance. They avoid something that, for them, can be a source of anxiety. Nor do they run the risk of contracting venereal diseases.

Involuntary absitance from sex, however, for some people, can become a problem and have negative psychological and relational effects, depending on the person. While there are couples who easily maintain their relationship with less frequent sex, for other couples abstinance means a loss of intimacy and communication. One may feel frustrated, anxious or insecure at the apparent loss of interest from their partner. In such moments, talking, reconnecting and finding other ways to feel good together could be beneficial.

HFTHQ 20-48
Bibliographical references
How does celibacy affect your health? - Medical News Today - 2019

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