Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email The average Brit is said to have sex a grand total of 5, times before they die. Whether that seems a little or a lot is totally your business, but one thing is for sure - "dry spells" happen to even the most libidinous of people.
Maybe it's just the way the rotten cookie of life sometime crumbles. Whatever the story behind your fallow bedroom times, a lack of sex will unsurprisingly have a knock-on effect on your body and general psyche. Here's what you can expect to happen when you're not having regular sex.
You lose your libido. Yes, when it comes to your sex drive it seems it's a case of "use it or lose it. Getty "For some people who refrain from sex, they begin to feel more sluggish, with less vitality and hunger for sex," Sari Cooper, LCSW, certified sex therapist told Reader's Digest.
Some people find the idea of sex even more desirable when having a dry spell. Your vaginal walls may weaken. This mainly applies to women entering the menopause. Read More What having a threesome is actually like, according to people who've tried Many of the effects apply to women entering the menopause Image: Getty Sari explains, "Without regular frequency of intercourse as you get older the walls of your vagina thin out and can lead to painful sex when you finally get back into the sack.
You may experience a loss of lubrication. Another side-effect which applies principally to older women, apparently the vagina struggles to get lubricated when you start having intercourse after a hiatus. Young women may experience a lack of sex differently Image: Getty Images What cause this - as well as thinning vaginal walls - is a lack of the hormone, oestrogen. Getty To mitigate the combined effects of a lack of sex and ageing, Sari advises the following.
Your period pain may get worse. Undeniably, it's women who are coming worse off. It may seem counter-intuitive, but having sex during your period can alleviate menstrual cramp. Many women suffer with period cramps in their abdomens "The uterus is a muscle and many women will actually have a uterine contraction when they orgasm, which will cause the blood to expel more quickly, which will in turn decrease menstrual cramps," Dr Streicher explains.