Some couples don’t have enough sex. In fact, close to 40 percent of American adults identify as having sex-less marriages. But then, on the other side of the spectrum, do some couples have too much sex? For some people, too much of this good thing can be a bad thing. So, here are eight things that can happen when you have too much sex.
1. Higher Risk of Urinary Tract Infections
UTI’s, or urinary tract infections aren’t a risk factor for men, but for women, too much sex can leave them with this doozy of an illness. That’s because the urethra (the tube leading to the bladder) is very close to the vagina, and bacteria can make it’s way up to the bladder via the urethra during intercourse.
Typically, the bacteria that sneaks up into the bladder is the bacteria from the woman’s own vagina. Nonetheless, it can cause problems in the urinary tract. It can be a painful consequence of having fun and frequent sex.
But you can solve the problem with many different approaches. Here are the two easy ways:
• Urinate before and after sex
Urinating helps to clear the urinary tract of any unwanted bacteria. So, no matter how much you want to cozy up with your lover after sex, be sure to get up and go pee. This simple action can prevent a painful infection.
• Drink cranberry juice or take cranberry supplements
If you like to take the natural approach to health imbalances, drinking tart cranberry juice is a good way to address your UTI. Just be sure to avoid sugary, processed cranberry juice. Instead, drink juice without any added sugar. You have a greater chance of beating the UTI this way.
2. Greater chances of pain and irritation
Sex is supposed to be all about pleasure, not pain. But certified sex therapist, Kat Van Kirk said that both men and women can end up with irritation and even small genital tears if there’s too much sex and not enough lubrication.
Ouch! If you’re beginning to feel pain during sex, it’s a good idea to take a break and give your lady parts some much-needed rest.
3. Avoiding issues and problems with sex
We all know that hot make-up sex can be a powerful way to reconnect with your partner after a difficult argument. But if you’re choosing sex over hard conversations, you might be having too much of this good thing.
Sex is enjoyable, but when it’s over, you’re still faced with all the same problems and conflicts. And even though the sex was great, you still don’t have any solutions.
What’s worse, the emotional attachment you make with your partner during sex makes it more difficult for you to draw boundaries and resolve issues.
4. Sore vagina
While a sore vagina can happen to anyone, it’s particularly common among women who haven’t had sex in a long time and then have lots of frequent sex all at once.
For example, if you’re in a long-distance relationship and finally get together with you partner, the sex will be amazing, but unfortunately, your vagina isn’t accustomed to so much action and it can become pretty sore.
To help prevent this, try to avoid rough sex, and also be sure to use lubrication.
5. Your guy might not perform well
Once a man ejaculates, his body naturally needs a break. In fact, this time is called male refractory period, or MRP. This break can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
Sex makes the body go into overdrive and after climax, your body needs to calm down. Wile dopamine and testosterone are high during sex, they lower once ejaculation occurs. And during the MRP, serotonin and prolactin levels go up.
Serotonin and prolactin are hormones which counteract arousal, and this is why your partner literally can’t have an erection until his MRP is over. So, give him a break to replenish his sperm and semen levels, and to also make room for dopamine and testosterone again.
6. Sore muscles
If you overdo it on any exercise, you end up sore and achy. The same goes for sex. Some positions make for great sex, but they can leave you feeling sore and out of shape.
And if you’re not very flexible, some positions can really do a number on your body.
7. Sex gets boring
Variety is the spice of life, and if your sexual activities are predictable and run-of-the-mill, it will become boring to both you and your partner. This means, it’s harder to become aroused and you won’t feel as much pleasure as you used to. But why would you? You know what’s coming.
You might even be daydreaming or distracted during sex, and without mindfulness and intention, sex can become boring. If you’re having this kind of sex, you should probably take a break.
8. Sex becomes routine
Normally, when a couple first starts making love, it’s exciting and exhilarating. That’s natural. However, after a while (usually after the first two years of a relationship), the amount of sex you have naturally drops. Nonetheless, the sex you do have should be meaningful and intentional.
However, for some couples who’ve been together for a long time, sex can become just another part of the daily or weekly routine.
Another way people have too much sex is if they have sex and not much else. Is sexual chemistry all that’s going for you and your relationship? There are many other healthy ways to connect and grow closer, and it’s not a good idea to rely solely on sex to bond.
In fact, sex should be the icing on the cake. And the cake should be made up of mutual understanding, respect, common ground and interests, as well as a deep friendship.
When your relationship is made up of these things, your sex will be meaningful.
But if sex is the only thing going for your relationship, it can become routine – just like anything else.
Too much sex can be difficult on you, both physically and emotionally. So, enjoy the sex you have, but be sure to make room for other healthy, loving activities so that when it comes time for sex, it’s truly special and something your body is prepared for.