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What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Having Sex

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People go through dry spells for lots of reasons. Sometimes people who aren’t in a relationship prefer to wait until they find the right person. The attraction between the couple can diminish, leading to a lack of sexual activity. Other times, people just don’t want to have sex. So, what happens when you don’t have sex for a long time?

Immune system

Regular sex improves the immune system and prepares the body to fight off illness by releasing endorphins. This means that having sex less often might result in more frequent illnesses, like the cold or flu. A study reported that saliva samples of college students who had regular sex were found to have a higher concentration of certain antibodies called immunoglobulin A, which fight the common cold

Vaginal health

Having sex after a long break can be uncomfortable. It takes longer for the female body to become aroused and produce enough lubrication to make sex easy and comfortable. Regular sex or masturbation can keep the tissues in your vagina healthy by improving blood flow.
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Period pains

Some people find sex to be an excellent remedy for menstrual cramps. The increase in endorphins caused by sex as well as the uterine contractions that occur with orgasm can both help alleviate cramps. You don’t have to have sex to reap these benefits — masturbation can have the same effect.

Cardiovascular health

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If you do not have sex on a regular basis, you are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In addition to being a source of exercise, sexual intercourse helps keep your estrogen and progesterone levels in balance, which can lower your risk of heart disease.

 Mental health

Some people equate having a sex life with their self-worth. Although this is not the case, they may feel more anxious and depressed if they go a long period of time without having sex. It’s important to remember that your value does not come from having sex with other people.

Aside from that, the effects on your mental health caused by abstaining from sex can include:
Stress and anxiety level

Having sex releases endorphins and the hormone oxytocin into the body. These neurochemicals can help manage the effects of anxiety or stress. Oxytocin has the additional benefit of helping you sleep. If you do not have sex regularly, your body may release these hormones less often, which might make it more difficult to cope with stress.
woman feels stressed when she doesn’t have sex

Libido

Surprisingly, going a long time without having sex can make you lose interest in sex altogether. The more you have sex, the more you want to have sex. Regular sex boosts your libido.
Relationship health

For many couples, regular sexual intercourse is an important way to maintain their bond. Regular sex also often leads to better communication. Generally, couples who have sex more often feel more emotionally attached and connected in comparison with those who do it less often.

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What happens when you don’t have sex for a long time? For some people, their relationship with their partner becomes more stressful and they stop feeling connected. Other couples aren’t interested in sex or they don’t find it to be an important way of connecting, preferring conversation or shared activities instead.

The benefits of not having sex for a long time

Many people choose to not have sex for a variety of reasons. Some people don’t enjoy it or aren’t interested. Others find it to be a distraction from the things they really care about. Although having sex can have positive effects on your health, not having sex has benefits too. Some of the positive side effects of not having sex for a long time include:

You don’t have to worry about getting pregnant: Although there are many very highly effective methods of birth control available today, the only 100% absolute, most certain way to not get pregnant is to not have sex.
You’re less likely to get a urinary tract infection: Naturally, not having sex is going to drastically reduce your chances of getting a sexually transmitted infection, but abstaining from sex also makes it less likely that you’ll get a urinary tract infection.
You get to know yourself better: Sometimes people have a hard time focusing on their pleasure when they’re having sex with somebody else. Going through a dry spell is a great way to take some time to figure out what you enjoy by masturbating. If you decide to be sexually active again, you can share this information with a partner to make sex even more enjoyable.
You can have some much-needed space: Abstaining from sex can give you time to focus on any big emotional issues you may be dealing with. Sometimes abstaining from sex is necessary after an illness or medical procedure and doing so can even help to speed up the healing process.

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Going without sex for a long time can be a frustrating experience if you would rather be sexually active. However, a period of abstinence can be an opportunity for personal growth and self-love. If you’re partnered and you find that a lack of sex is affecting your relationship with your partner, an earnest discussion may help you both better understand what you need in a relationship to feel satisfied.

Sexual activity has the potential to improve or maintain health on different levels but this does not mean that you have to have sex to be healthy or stay healthy. Each person has different desires and needs when it comes to sex. If you find yourself in a dry spell, take the time to get to know your own personal desires….READ FULL ARTICLE

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Wife of Calabar Mechanic Who Takes Care of His Daughter at Workshop Returns After Story Went Viral

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The Nigerian man who cares for his daughter at his mechanic workshop has reunited with his wife. The Calabar-based James Emina had said his wife was mentally challenged and she had abandoned him and their child. The child, Blessing, is seven months old, and many people were compassionate and donated N285,000 to the man when they learned he takes care of her alone….READ FULL ARTICLE

Cornelius Ella, the Head of Department of Mass Communication, University of Cross River State UNICROS has shared a new update, indicating James’ wife has returned.

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Ella said he received a call notifying him that James’ wife had been safely brought from Akwa Ibom to Calabar.

He visited the family and confirmed that the woman had reunited with her husband and baby.

He wrote on Facebook:

“Although she didn’t say much when I interacted with her this afternoon, she seemed calm and sounded coherent. James informed me that what I saw as calmness and coherence is temporary. He stated that she is still “mentally challenged”. I reminded him to take her to the Psychiatric hospital, now that she is with him. He has promised to do so. Reactions from Facebook users”

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Reactions from Facebook users

Magdalen Anthony said:

“Thank God for everything, I wish her a speedy recovery. God bless you sir.”

US Irana said:

Man working at night sees his girlfriend praying for him around 1:30am before going to sleep

“Thanks for your good works sir. But she is not mentally challenge, though she might want to fake it; she just understand her husband now has money. Lol.”

Lady is heartbroken as her man leaves her

A Nigerian lady was left devastated after a man she believed would be her partner ended their relationship.

In a heart-wrenching video, the lady revealed that the man had initially left his wife for her, leading her to assume a long-term commitment was possible.

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However, he ultimately returned to his wife, leaving the lady shattered and in tears….READ FULL ARTICLE

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My Relationship Ended Because My Fiancé’s Pastors Said I Wasn’t The One For Him – Nigeran Lady Shares Her Journey To Healing

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Ada who shared her story on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, said the ‘prophecy’ came after one of the pastors allegedly invited her to Nekede and she declined….READ FULL ARTICLE

A Nigerian lady, Ada Seraphina Okoro, has spoken about how her relationship ended after her fiancé’s pastors said she wasn’t the one for him.

In a lengthy Facebook post, she stated that she has embraced healing and forgiveness as she has decided to move on with her life.

Ada who shared her story on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, said the ‘prophecy’ came after one of the pastors allegedly invited her to Nekede and she declined.

“Sharing my story without any grudge whatsoever and I do not want anyone to use the care button or pity me… I have healed and I have moved on,” she wrote.

”It will be in your best interest to learn from it and to not ask me personal questions aside what I’d drop here. No one fo.rced me to share this, I’m sharing this because I want to and for someone out there to learn too.

My last serious relationship ended because my fiancé pastors gave the order that I wasn’t the one for him… He met these pastors when he had financial issues and we resulted to prayers.

Mind you, this message came after the pastor visited Nekede and I was in IMSU then, asked me to come see him in Nekede and I declined.

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That was when he did everything possible to end my relationship and he did. I never told my fiancé then about this until years later when he came to ask for forgiveness.

When this relationship ended, two things filled my heart, regret and fear. Regret for telling other men away. There’s one of my suitors then here, he’s my follower, this guy chased me for years even when he knew I was in a serious relationship but I declined because I was being loyal, like I said, it’s my curse, I can’t date more than one person

Today he’s married and if the tables were turned and if given the opportunity, he still love to get married to me… But what’s not meant to be is not meant to be, you can’t fo.rce it.

This breakfast really messed me with me and it was my late grandma and my ex fiancé neighbor that helped me through it in the major part of it all.. the neighbor, a married guy calls me everyday from Turkey just to know how I was and to always remind me that I was too good for him…

Truly, I am. Have you met me? I’m fvcking intelligent, ambitious and… Nah just Nigeria dey dull my shine.

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The reason for his kindness was cus I was nice to him, whenever I was around and he’s hungry, he comes to the house then to ask me for food, he loves eating my food… Anytime I was at my fiancé place, his neighbors were always delighted cus they know that they will eat to their fill…

Before my ex fiancé left the country, he came to my store, announced to visit me and asked for forgiveness, I did forgive him.

It will shock you that he’s also a follower here.

Went for prayer after then and the first thing the pastor told me was… Let it go!.

I was confused I didn’t understand so I asked her, let what go? She said, all that h.ate, ange.r and regret, let it go… She said there’s someone that you are so angry with it, forgive him and be free…

Lord knows the only person I was angry at was my ex fiancé, omo I bursted into tears, nah so pastor console me, did therapy for me and we prayed…

Since that day till now, I see my experience in a different way. I have forgiven, let go, moved on…

It was not meant to be cus I also held our marriage from happening because I was waiting for something that he needed to be fix…

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I told him that he must fix it if not, no marriage untill we fix it… Then the breakup happened.

I’m a kind woman, if you experience me, you’d understand but I’m not nice cus I’m also capable of fvcking you up if you mess up.

That said… If you are a woman that have something similar to my experience, I’d urge you to let go! It’s not easy but let go and be free like a bird like me…

If you are also in any relationship, make sure that the choices that you are making will favour you on the long run so you don’t regret.

As for me, I’d love to get Married, that is if I meet my kind of man, aside that, I’m not marrying

If marriage doesn’t come, I just want to have money and food an access to good life until my creator calls… I have kuku experience marriage without the papers so…

That said, henceforth, when I talk about my relationship in other to buttress my point, resist the urge to ask me sil.ly questions because most of you know nothing about these things…

It’s only to ask yeye logic questions, that’s all you know how to do…

Anyways.

I’m Ada, a strong, kind, beautiful woman.”…READ FULL ARTICLE

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SIKI: First round with a condom and second round without protection gets 215,000 Zimbabweans sick, mainly women!

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A silent epidemic is quietly spreading across Zimbabwe, with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on the rise, and many cases going undetected due to a lack of symptoms. The Ministry of Health has issued a stark warning, highlighting the alarming trend and the potential for widespread transmission…..READ FULL ARTICLE

“The number of officially recorded cases for STIs in Zimbabwe is just a tip of the iceberg,” said Anna Machiya, National Coordinator, STI Prevention and Condom Distribution in the Ministry of Health and Child Care. “More numbers are recorded in females as opposed to males. However, what is going unrecorded is what we don’t know, and these are the asymptomatic STIs and they constitute the majority of STIs in Zimbabwe.”

The Ministry’s concerns are rooted in a disturbing upward trend in STI cases since 2018. While official figures offer a glimpse into the extent of the problem, the true scale of the crisis is likely far greater, with the silent spread of asymptomatic STIs posing a significant public health threat.

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“The reasons behind the increase in STI trends include inconsistent condom use and a number of other reasons,” Machiya explained. “Stock out of STI medicines, consumption of drugs and alcohol then hinder people’s judgment and decisions, the issue of user fees, the symptomatic nature of STIs where infected individuals continue to spread the STIs unknowingly.”

The most common STI recorded in Zimbabwe is vaginal discharge, with an estimated 95,000 cases reported last year. Urethral discharge, primarily caused by Gonorrhoea, accounts for another 80,000 cases, while genital ulcers have also seen a worrying increase, with 40,000 cases reported in 2023 alone. This brings the total number of STI cases reported last year to about 215,000 and the majority of cases are being recorded in women.

“There was a dip in 2021 but now there is an increase,” Machiya said, highlighting the concerning trend in vaginal discharge cases. “For men, who present with urethral discharge, the majority of them, over 70 percent, will be having Gonorrhoea.”

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The Ministry’s approach to STI treatment is based on a syndromic approach, relying on identifying symptoms rather than conducting specific tests.

“We have very few point of care tests and to be able to know the specific type of that particular STI,” Machiya said. “The main aims of STIs prevention and control are to prevent the development of diseases, complications and sequelae that follows when STIs are not treated. We also want to interrupt the transmission of STIs using treatment.”

The Ministry is actively working to raise awareness about STIs, emphasising that they are avoidable, treatable, and curable. Early treatment is crucial to prevent complications and further transmission.

“We also inform the public regarding information about the asymptomatic nature of infection in some cases and describe recognisable signs and symptoms as well as promote PEP and Presumptive STI treatment,” Machiya said.

The Ministry’s efforts are commendable, but the challenge is significant. The silent nature of asymptomatic STIs makes it difficult to identify and treat infected individuals, allowing the disease to spread unchecked.

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The Ministry’s call for increased awareness is critical. It is essential for individuals to be informed about the risks of STIs, the importance of safe sex practices, and the need to seek medical attention promptly if they experience any symptoms.

This is not simply a health issue; it is a social issue. Stigma and misinformation surrounding STIs often prevent individuals from seeking help, contributing to the spread of the disease. Open dialogue, education, and access to affordable healthcare are vital to combatting this silent epidemic.

The Ministry’s efforts are a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. A comprehensive strategy that addresses the root causes of the problem, including poverty, lack of access to healthcare, and social stigma, is essential to protect the health and well-being of Zimbabweans….READ FULL ARTICLE

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