This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Having Sex

It’s that unfortunate thing that happens to many people with a healthy sex life. Whether it’s by choice or by design, there will come a stretch of time when you just don’t get it on. Now don’t worry — you aren’t some hideous creature if you aren’t constantly going at it. But you should, however, be aware of some of the ways that a lack of lovemaking can alter your body, both physically and mentally. Here are some of the crazy things that happen to your body when you stop having sex for a while.

But first: Are you even interested in sex?

A pensive couple lies in their bed.

A pensive couple lies in their bed. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone thinks about sex all the time. | Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images Plus

We ask this because there is a difference between not having a regular sexual partner, and not being interested in doing the deed at all. There are a few under-diagnosed sexual disorders, which apply to both men and women, and they take into account individuals that just simply aren’t as interested in rolls in the hay. For these people, there might not be the same side effects as someone who previously saw action on a regular basis.

Now, if you are someone whose level of intimate activity has dropped off, here are the things that can happen.

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