Let’s be honest: Sex and breasts go together like peanut butter and jelly. But, have you ever wondered how your frisky, late-night romps are directly affecting your boobs? If the thought hasn’t crossed your mind before, it definitely has now. And as it turns out, there are a number of ways doing the deed can impact your girls — alternatively, there are also a number of ways not doing the deed can impact them. Here, we outline what happens to your boobs if you stop gettin’ some.
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Less nipple orgasms. Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones, an OB/GYN, tells YourTango: “Some lucky women can achieve orgasm through breast stimulation and, like all such skills,needs practice to continue reaching orgasm. If they stop having sex, they might not remember how to find the exact type of stimulation in what exact order was necessary for them to achieve orgasm through nipple stimulation.”
They’ll get less sensitive. “During foreplay, your heart rate and blood pressure increase, which causes your breasts to swell and your veins to become more prominent,” Shape.com explains. “Your nipples become erect (yep, he’s not the only one sporting an erection!) and the areolae — the area around the nipple — expand.” As a result, this increases your girls’ sensitivity and thus, creates the possibility for — yep, you guessed it — some nipple Os.
Risk of breast cancer increases. Simply put, sex may help in the prevention of breast cancer. As Breast Cancer Conqueror points out, one study found that women who had sex more than once per moth had a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those were less active between the sheets.
Less connected. Unfortunately, a lack of sex can result in a lack of emotional intimacy with your partner. In short, no boob-play means less of a connection with bae.
Less connected. “When you stimulate the nipple, you release oxytocin, which is our bonding hormone. Some call it the cuddling hormone. We can all relate to cuddling being a very feel good sensation, especially after an amazing nipple orgasm,” Dr. Kelly-Jones said.
Less connected. Overall, the mind-body connection is a pretty powerful thing when it comes to sexual intimacy. “A woman who has not been sexually active for quite some time may have difficulty feeling comfortable with her partner, which in turn will impact her ability to feel relaxed and aroused,” Lisa Agustines, assistant chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City, CA, tells the outlet.
Breastfeeding woes. Unsurprisingly, breastfeeding can significant affect a woman’s comfort levels in terms of getting down ’n dirty — not only physically, but psychologically as well.
Breastfeeding woes. “While there is nothing wrong with nipple discharge or leaking during sex, many people are uncomfortable with it,” Dr. Agustines tells YourTango. “Physically, a woman’s vaginal tissue can become thin and dry during lactation, causing discomfort during sex. Even after lactation has ceased, it may take as long as 12 to 24 months for her to return to normal lubrication.”
Bottom line. When it comes to sex — or the lack thereof —your girls actually are impacted. ”There are scores of women not having sex and their breasts look just fine,” Dr. Angela says. “However, not having sex does cause you to miss out on a lot of the pros that breasts bring to the table during a sexual encounter: i.e., the increase in blood flow during stimulation not only causes the breasts to become more engorged, but nipple stimulation, aids in achieving orgasm!”