Every woman knows that when they haven’t had sex in a while, they find themselves in a bit of a “funk.” Mentally, it’s not a great ego boost to know that people don’t “want us.” And, it’s safe to say that we miss getting that giant O every once in a while. But, it turns out, it’s not only our ego that takes a beating when we’re deprived of sex.
Experts say that our vagina literally wastes away and becomes “depressed” the less often we have sex. Vaginal atrophy, the thinning of the vaginal walls, can occur in women when they have not had sex over a long period of time. This means, your vagina walls start to thin and tear away—literally making your vagina waste away. While treatable, vagina atrophy leads to health complications in women.
Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include discharge, burning, itching, difficulty peeing and pain during sex, according to Mayo Clinic.
Having sex, additionally, can prevent symptoms from occurring at all. According to London-based sex therapist Louise Mazanti,
“It is very important that we have a healthy sex life with a partner or with ourselves. People very often say, ‘I don’t have a sex life because I don’t have a partner.
“But forget about that and have a sexual relationship with yourself. It’s about using massage and touching the tissue so that it becomes alive, the blood flows and the tissue becomes elastic. It is really about exercising the tissue.”
Basically, every time a woman orgasms, cells receive oxygen—which, will allow the vagina walls to receive important nutrients needed to survive. If the vagina is lacking oxygen, it causes the walls and lining to shrivel up, become dried out, and even inflamed. Sounds painful.
So, if you need another excuse to make your hubby get down to pleasure town tonight, tell him it’s for your health!