Men, Here’s What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Have Sex for a While

1) Your rhythm gets thrown off the next time you have sex. You know that old expression, “if you don’t use it, you lose it?” Science suggests that to a degree, that might be true. A 2008 study concluded that men in their 50s, 60s, and 70s that weren’t sexually active were more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.


2) Your risk of prostate cancer goes up. If your dry spell extends to the self-pleasure zone, research says that’s not healthy. In fact, multiple studies have pointed to the conclusion that “high ejaculation frequency” (a.k.a. at least 4.6 to seven times a week) is linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer.


3) Your blood pressure can spike. Without sex, you may notice an increase in blood pressure. That’s not a coincidence. A 2006 study found that people who were having regular sex had lower levels of blood pressure than those who weren’t.


4) You get more stressed out. A great night of lovemaking can make everything else in the world feel better. Apparently, there’s a scientific reason for that. During orgasm, endorphins are released that can help to improve your mood. So, if you tend to use sex as a way of coping with stress, a dry spell can be doubly frustrating.


5) Your immune system gets weaker. Orgasms are incredibly beneficial to your immune system. Patients who were having sex twice a week were found to contain a high concentration of the common-cold busting antibody immunoglobulin A.


6) Your work performance might slip. Most dry spells have two parts: the part where you’re insanely horny; and the part where you’re down in the dumps. Apparently, that can spill over into your employment satisfaction. An Oregon State University study found that couples with an active sex life were much happier at work.