Apparently June is Celibacy Awareness Month. Who knew? So here’s a rundown of five things that happen to your body when you stop having sex. Spoiler Alert… They’re mostly bad:
1. You feel more anxious. Sex helps you blow off steam and calm down. Researchers found that people who didn’t have sex had a harder time coping with stressful situations like public speaking.
2. You might get prostate cancer. A study presented to the American Urological Association found men who got-it-on all the time had a 20% drop in their risk for prostate cancer.
3. Your risk for erectile dysfunction . . . wait for it . . . rises. According to a study in the “American Journal of Medicine”, men who have sex infrequently are twice as likely to experience erectile dysfunction as men who do it once a week or more.
4. You’re more susceptible to colds and flu. It’s true that getting some strange every weekend can expose you to some nasty germs. But researchers at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania found people who had sex once or twice a week had a 30% boost in immunoglobulin A. It’s one of your body’s first lines of defense against viruses.
And finally, some good news . . .
5. Your risk for a UTI drops. It’s the one positive thing on the list, and it’s for women. Nearly 80% of urinary tract infections occur within 24 hours of intercourse.