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Sex column: This is what not having enough intercourse does to your health

Maintaining a balanced sex life has been proven to have positive effects on people's overall health.

 

Most people would agree, unless there are physiological or physical barriers, that sex is one of the most pleasurable activities human beings can indulge in. Additionally, maintaining a balanced sex life has been proven to have positive effects on people’s overall health. 

On the opposite end, having little or no sex at all can affect your general well-being in different ways. These are some of the negative consequences you might have to face if you lack an active sex life.  

Increased anxiety

Two of the biggest enemies of modern life, anxiety and stress can quickly escalate when you don’t have sex on a regular basis. According to Laura Berman, Ph.D., director of Berman Center for Women’s Sexual Health in Chicago, “stress can make us tired, distracted and unmotivated towards anything, including having sex.” A great solution to this problem lies on getting your sex life back in track. Regular sex is a great way of keeping stress on check.

Erectile dysfunction

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The penis is a muscle like any other. As such it requires exercise to stay strong and healthy. Lack of stimulation can result in a weaker member, which makes it more difficult for men to achieve and sustain an erection.

Decreased sex-appeal

Having sex increases the production of pheromones, whereas the lack of sexual activity decreases it. These natural hormones are in charge of attracting potential partners. When you stop having sex for a while, you become less attractive to others, at least at a pure biological level.

Less attractive

Having sex on a regular basis helps your body produce more estrogen, which not only protects against heart disease, but also helps women maintain her natural body scent and youthful look.

Weaker immune system

A study conducted by the Wilkes Barre University in Pennsylvania stated that increasing the regularity of sexual activity worked wonder as a immune system booster, helping prevent common sicknesses such as colds.

Risk of prostate cancer

In the case of men, when you stop having sex, you’re missing out on many health-related benefits, including the prevention of prostate cancer. A study presented by the American Urological Association found that men who enjoyed sex on a regular basis had a 20 percent drop in the rest of developing prostate cancer.

Having more sex will not only strengthen your relationship, but will also make you more relaxed, youthful and healthy. More than enough reasons to get your sexy on more often.

Trilce Ortiz is a sexpert and love advisor. Follow her on twitter @trilceo.

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