Is Sex Abstinence Good or Bad for You?
There are many reasons you may want to take a break from sex for some time. The question is, are you doing yourself any favor by keeping your sexual hormones inactive for an extended period?
Trying to answer the question, several studies have linked a variety of illnesses and health complications to sex abstinence. Many researchers have also proven that sex affects your self-esteem and overall well-being in many ways. Despite this, many communities and groups such as monks believe that abstaining from sex for a long time is vital for healthy living.
It's hard to say for sure who is right; however, at least let's try to look at the problem relying on data acquired from recent studies. So according to some studies, sex abstinence …
… increases the risks of cold and flu
A study conducted at the University of Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania proved that people who engage in sex more often have higher levels of immunoglobulin A (lgA) compared to those who don’t. Immunoglobulin A is one of the antibodies known to protect your body against infectious pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. A low level of lgA in your body is one of the signs of low immunity, which makes you susceptible to a variety of ailments.
… increases the risks of prostate cancer
A study conducted by American Urological Association (AUA) reported than men who have sex regularly are at a lower risk of prostate cancer. The study showed that ejaculating more often removes substances from the prostate gland, which is good for the organ.
… increases the risks of erectile dysfunction
Many relationship break-ups occur due to erectile dysfunction. A recent study showed that approximately 25% of marriages in India are broken up as a result of dissatisfaction in bed. The American Journal of Medicine also published that men who have sex more often are at higher risks of erectile dysfunction. Some researchers claim that regular sex may help improve your sexual function just like workouts improve your physically fitness.
… encourages depression in women
A study that was published in the Journal Archives of Sexual Behavior reported that when a woman abstains from sex for a long time, there are high chances she’ll experience depression. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the abstinence caused it; it might be work, break-up or any other thing. The point is that lack of sex may be just one more contribution to developing depression.
In addition to that, some researchers mentioned that a variety of substances present in the semen could be beneficial for women’s health. However, to enjoy these benefits, a woman has to engage in unprotected sex, which is not always a good idea.
The bottom line
If you are practicing sex abstinence because of some moral belief, it’s fine as long as you feel that it is the right thing to do. Be that as it may, but apart from preventing human extinction, sex impacts our lives in many ways. It boosts our self-esteem, helps keep us fit, and strengthen the immune system. On the other hand, sex – especially unprotected – is naturally the source of sexually transmitted diseases. So whether sex abstinence is good or bad for you is probably something for you to decide.