By: Serena Crawford
S*x is important in a relationship. It is not, and should not, be the most important thing but it is a way to connect with your partner emotionally as well as physically. It is also great for your health. Being intimate with a partner has been known to lower blood pressure, raise your endorphins which elevate your mood, it burns calories, lowers depression symptoms, and helps your heart. When you have all of these great benefits the question is what happens when you are abstaining from intimacy with your partner? Is it bad for your health?
There are some people who are productive and focused when they are not having s*x. Others cannot seem to function without it and it is on their mind constantly. This is why the answers to the questions above do not have a solid answer. One person could be perfectly fine without it for a while and may actually discover new things in their life with their extra time. The other end of the spectrum is different. Some people may end up getting into a dark place if they are in a relationship but are in a rut when it comes to the bedroom activities. They may start to think that their partner is cheating on them. They may feel that there is something wrong with them that makes their partner not want to sleep with them. They could sink into a depression without those extra endorphins. This of course is not always the result but for some going through a dry spell could be damaging to their mental health.
Your physical health will remain as it was. Even though you can have all of these great benefits there are no negative side effects on your body when you go through a drought. You will not suddenly have high blood pressure. You will not become fat because you aren’t burning those calories. The benefits are just that, benefits. They are not a normal routine that your body will shut down without. There is nothing wrong with going through a little dry spell every now and then but your body will certainly thank you when you get back into the swing of things.