According to a UK study, if women don’t have regular sexual intercourse with men, their vaginas “shrivel up and die.”
Vaginal atrophy is a common condition that causes the vaginal wall to become thinner than normal. It mostly occurs in women who are going through, or have been through, menopause.
Nypost.com reports: This is because the body produces less estrogen than normal, which has an effect on how the vaginal wall behaves.
Common symptoms include discharge, burning, itching, difficulty peeing and pain during sex.
This might seem like enough to put you off having sex for good, but regular orgasms — from your partner or a bit of self-love — can actually ward off the nasty symptoms.
And the key is the increased blood flow to your nether regions when you climax — it works almost like a “workout” down there.
Louise Mazanti, a London-based sex therapist, said: “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.”
Increasing blood flow increases oxygen supply to the vagina, which means it is less likely to become inflamed, thin or dry.
According to Mazanti, if cells are not getting enough oxygen, they cannot eliminate waste from the tissue, which can cause inflammation that leads to problems such as vaginal atrophy.
A buildup of toxins can also stop vital nutrients from getting to the cells, which can leave the tissue slightly weaker and thinner.
Mazanti also said losing the ability to have sex is not just a physical problem, it can have some serious side effects on a person’s mental health.
She added: “When your ability to have sex and your desire to have sex decreases, it is a massive change in identity.”
“You start to question ‘who am I now if I am not the sexual woman I used to be?’”
“It can cause depression and an identity crisis and deep consideration of an existential nature.”