They say that too much of a good thing is bad for you. With sex being the natural way of procreation for many species, and also very enjoyable, could it really a bad thing? If it holds the potential for so many positive outcomes, then how much is too much sex?
We take a look at what an excess amount of sex means for your health and whether you might need to cut back on it.
How Much Sex Should I Be Having?
On average, a person aged between the ages of 18 and 29 has about 9 to 10 sexual interactions per month, while a person aged between the ages of 30 and 39 has on average about 6 to 7 sexual interactions per month. The average adult has sex 54 times a year, and the average is 51 times per year for married couples who live together. This is described as a healthy sex life for the average person.
However, if you find yourself as being far above average, you may be wondering how much is too much sex, and what too much sex means for your health. The health concerns differ depending on the gender.
The Pros and Cons
Having sex has several health benefits, such as boosting your immune system, curing insomnia, lowering blood pressure, improving your libido and reducing stress and anxiety. It is also important to note the benefits sex has for men, specifically relating to prostate cancer. Having sex regularly may reduce the risks of this destructive illness.
But having too much sex may raise several health concerns for both genders, like the following:
1. Unwanted Pregnancy
Every time you have sex, no matter how safe you are, a chance still exists that you may become pregnant, or impregnate someone. It is obvious that the more sex you have, the higher the chances of an unwanted pregnancy. Condoms and other contraceptives are never 100% effective, and even vasectomies have a chance of failure.
Whatever your chosen form of contraception, you should consider limiting the number of your sexual encounters if you want to minimize your chances of getting pregnant or causing a pregnancy.
2. Higher Chances of Catching an STD or Even Cervical Cancer
STDs (or Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are diseases or infections that are carried over from one person to another by the exchange of bodily fluids during sexual interactions. Every time you have sex the chances increase for catching an STD or an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). While using condoms can prevent these diseases in most cases, no prevention method is entirely failsafe.
Many STDs affect men and women in the same way. The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a notable exception, as it has been linked with cervical cancer. It is of paramount importance for a woman to take care of herself and attempt to lower her chances of getting cervical cancer. Once this disease takes hold, it is more than likely to become a lifelong battle to overpower it. Cervical cancer is to women what prostate cancer is to men.
3. Chafing, Redness and Swollen Sexual Organs
With sexual intercourse comes a great deal of rubbing, thrusting, pushing and pulling. It is only natural that redness, skin irritation, swollen sexual organs, and rashes may occur.
4. Dehydration and Exhaustion
Since one session of sexual intercourse is said to be as strenuous as a half-hour jogging session, it is understandable that you will not only lose a lot of water but you will end up exhausted. If you constantly feel exhausted, it might be necessary to decrease the number of sexual encounters you have.
5. Lower Back Pain and Strained Muscles
Due to the thrusting that comes with sex, it is quite normal to experience back pain or even pull a muscle.
6. Heart Attack
Since having sex is equal to doing exercise, it is no surprise that the possibility exists that a person may have a heart attack if they have sex too often. This especially applies to people with an existing heart problem, as well as anyone who is extremely unfit or unused to exertion.
7. Urinary Tract Infections and Vaginal Infections
Specifically for women, these two types of infections may occur when having sex often.
Frequent sex means that different germs and bacteria enter the body, which in turn affects the vagina’s natural flora. When the flora in the vagina is disturbed, a vaginal infection may follow. This is especially likely if the woman has sex with a different partner every time.
So How Much Is Too Much Sex?
Is it even possible to have too much sex?
There is no definitive answer to this question. What is considered to be too much sex is completely subjective and is solely the opinion of the parties involved in the sexual interaction. As long as both parties are happy with and enjoy the amount of sex they are having, and they are practicing safe sex, the amount of sex should not be an issue.
As a general rule, the average number of sexual encounters for adults is about once or twice per week. However, this all depends on the person and their health and libido. If you feel that the sex you are having is too much, you should discuss this with your partner immediately. The only way to tell whether you are having too much sex is to pay attention to your body and its functions.
It is clear that having sex has several health benefits, while having an excess amount of sex may be detrimental to your wellbeing. It is extremely important to find a balance between too much and just enough to ensure that your health is not affected by your sex life.
Whatever the amount of sex you’re having, it is imperative to practice safe sex. The more sex you have, the higher your chances are catching STDs. On the other hand, people who have sex rarely may fall into the trap of thinking that they don’t need to worry about contraception or STD prevention. It’s important to remember that a single unprotected sexual encounter is enough to contract a disease that will stay with you for life.