Like a relentless trek through the Mojave dessert, a sexual dry spell can feel like a long stretch of nothingness with no end in sight. But not to worry. Although there are some weird things that happen to your body when you haven't had sex in awhile, it's probably just a phase and you will turn the corner soon. But incase you are concerned that this corner is far off in the future, you will want to know what changes to expect, because your body off sex is not the same as your body when you're regularly having sex.
Even on the most basic level of health benefits, sex provides a lot of hormones your body needs for good mood, sleep, and immunity, according to Women's Health magazine. When your sex life is consistent, your body is used to this cycle of hormones and has help producing ample amounts. When you're in a sexual hiatus, however, your body starts to miss all those bonuses and starts to send you some red flags that you're overdue for some nookie.
If you have to flip back pretty far in your calendar to find the date you last had sex, you may want to conduct a little at home research to see if you are experiencing any of these strange symptoms your body produces when you haven't had sex in awhile.
1. You Get Sick Easier
Is no-sex flu a real thing? It might not have an official name yet, but going too long without sex may be why your sniffling and sneezing. According to Prevention magazine, not only does sex reduce your exposure to germs, it also provides tons of benefits to your immune system.
2. You Can Get The Blues
If you think not getting any action can give you a case of the blues, you're right. The longer you go without having sex, the more depressed you can feel, according to Women's Health magazine.
3. You'll Get More Headaches
If you're looking for relief from headaches, a romp in the sheets may be just what the doctor ordered. According to Health, sex relieves pain, especially the pain associated with headaches. Which means if your head won't stop pounding, it could be due to your lack of lovin'.
4. You Just Feel Angry
It takes more than a smiley emoji to get in a good mood, and when you're in a dry spell, it may be harder than normal. As sex expert Dr. Laura Berman reported for Everyday Health, having sex activates the pleasure centers of the brain. These are the brain chemicals responsible for mood, and when you have an orgasm, it ups your odds of feeling happy.
5. You'll Feel Lonely
You know those brain chemicals sex activates? Well, oxytocin is one of the most important hormones in the bunch. According to Psychology Today, oxytocin is needed to form bonds with others, and helps us feel connected to one another.
6. You're More Stressed
As Very Well reported on its website, having sex lowers stress as well as helps you to handle stressful situations. Having a lapse in sex can make a tough situation feel more difficult and stress factors can be higher.
7. Your Sleep Worsens
Call it nature's sleeping pill, but sex can improve sleep, according to The Health Site. Because of all the sleep-inducing hormones sex produces, your body is primed and ready for plenty of Zsafter a boot knockin' session. So if you're not getting any on the regular, you might find yourself tossing and turning.
8. You Have Heavier Periods
I hate to break this to you, but no sex equals heavier periods, according to Women's' Health magazine. Because the compounds that cause cramps and blood are released when a woman orgasms, periods can end faster and be less painful when you regularly get it on.
9. You Have Less UTIs
So I gave you the bad news first and saved the good news for last. If there's anything a dry spell is good for, it's lowering your risk of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). According to Everyday Health, the link between sex and UTIs makes intercourse a predominate factor for contracting the infection.