Here's what happens to the human body when you don't have sex or masturbate for ... trends now

Here's what happens to the human body when you don't have sex or masturbate for ... trends now

Gen Zers of legal age are having less sex than any generation in history - and experts warn it could lead to their genitalia shrinking.

Dr Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, a sex and relationship expert told DailyMail.com that men who are sexually inactive can experience a very rare condition called penile atrophy where penile tissue can become less elastic causing it to shrink by one to two centimeters.

While that is at the more extreme end, going a month or more without having sex may cause men and women can experience increased stress levels due to sexual frustration, increased anxiety, depression and anger issues.

People can be riddled with several other psychological impacts and more prone to infidelity. 

Abstaining from sex can cause temporary and long-term issues from developing anxiety and anger issues to severe medical conditions and relationship issues

Abstaining from sex can cause temporary and long-term issues from developing anxiety and anger issues to severe medical conditions and relationship issues

Despite the positive attachment to sex, a 2021 California University study found that 38 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 30 reported they hadn't had any sexual partners in the previous year.

Experts warned that not having sex can result over weeks, months or years can have harmful effects on the human body.

Most people need affection, touch and sexual connections with others and without it, your mental health could deteriorate, causing anxiety, depression and increased levels of stress, Suwinyattichaiporn said.

She explained that all people are different and depending on the person's general mental health, the really extreme symptoms could develop within six months or take as long as five years.

Having sex releases feel-good hormones like oxytocin - also called the 'love hormone - dopamine and serotonin which regulate your emotions and boost your mood. 

Dopamine is a chemical that the brain releases to make you feel pleasure, but if your body doesn't produce enough of it, you can develop insecurities and lower self-worth.

Couples who stop having sex could develop marital problems like dissatisfaction in the relationship that can lead to resentment, sexual infidelity, and divorce

Couples who stop having sex could develop marital problems like dissatisfaction in the relationship that can lead to resentment, sexual infidelity, and divorce

A 2021 study suggested that people with unmet sexual needs can develop frustration that may lead to an increase in aggressive behavior.

This frustration can arise from the unfulfilled desire to have sex, not having an available partner or engaging in unsatisfying sexual activities which can lead to heightened irritability and mood swings.

It has led to an increase in 'the risks of aggression, violence, and crime associated with relief-seeking, power-seeking, revenge-seeking, and displaced frustration,' the study said.

If couples are experiencing a sex drought in their relationship, 'they don't approach their partner with softness, vulnerability and requests for compromise,' sex therapist Sari Cooper told DailyMail.com. 

'They also don't have the technique to repair conflicts and instead

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