Richard is a man in his late twenties who has never been sexually active. Although he is presently in a relationship, he is determined to save sex for marriage. Just like most men, he has frequent sexual urges and there have been times he thinks he can’t just hold it in. Nevertheless, he has been resolute in his decision of abstinence. Lately however, he’s has been very worried about his decision – could his sexual health be in danger?
Few weeks ago, Richard had gone hanging out with his friends, they engaged in some men’s talk and one of his friends mentioned that he read somewhere that if a young man abstains from sexual activity for an extended period of time, his health would be negatively affected and when eventually he decides to have sex, he won’t be able to perform satisfactorily and might even be unable to get a woman pregnant. Ever since, Richard has been so worried, he doesn’t know what to make out of the information. Could it be true?
Here are few things you should know about abstinence:
- There is the saying “If you don’t use it, you lose it”. This is a myth which has not been scientifically proven. Abstaining from sex for an extended period of time does not make you impotent
- Sex abstinence is not harmful and it would not lead to any physical abnormality in your body
- While evidence shows that engaging in healthy sexual activity could help boost the immune system, lowers the risk of heart diseases and helps burn calories; abstinence does not expose you to health risks
- The statement “Men can’t live without sex” is a myth. Men can abstain from sex for a considerable amount of time without any negative consequences whatsoever
- “A man needs sex to be in good health” is also another myth. While sex, when practiced safely, is good and beneficial, a man does not have to have sex to be healthy.