Wednesday, January 28, 2009
An interesting read I found in regard to the Physiological side of having Sex.
Part of an answer as to why NOT to have Sex.
Everyone talks about how hard it is to say no, but no one tells you how hard it is when you say yes.
In regard to the physiological side of things, it's very dangerous for a young single woman to be sexually active.
Because a teenage girl's reproductive system is still immature, she is much more susceptible to STDs.
In fact, early sexual activity is the number one risk factor for cervical cancer, and the second is multiple sex partners.
A girl's heart, like her body, is not designed to handle multiple sexual partners. Besides making herself vulnerable to STDs, your friend also needs to consider if she is ready to be a mom.
Lastly, consider the fact that the rate of suicide attempts for sexually active girls aged twelve to sixteen is six times higher than the rate for virgins.
Tragically, these girls don't realize the purity and forgiveness that they can find in Christ.
New scientific studies also suggest that if a woman has multiple sexual partners, this will lower her levels of oxytocin which in turn will damage her ability to bond.
Oxytocin is a neuro-peptide most commonly associated with pregnancy and breast-feeding.
It seems to act as a human "superglue," helping a mother bond with her infant.
It is also released during sexual arousal and there, too, seems to work as a "superglue."
Since estrogen enhances the oxytocin response, females are capable of more intense bonding than males, and are more susceptible to the suffering that accompanies broken bonds.
According to an article by Drs. John Diggs and Eric Keroack, "People who have misused their sexual faculty and become bonded to multiple persons will diminish the power of oxytocin to maintain a permanent bond with an individual."
In more basic terms, sharing the gift of sex is like putting a piece of tape on another person's arm.
The first bond is strong, and it hurts to remove it.
Shift the tape to another person's arm and the bond will still work, but it will be easier to remove.
Each time this is done, part of each person remains with the tape.
Soon it is easy to remove because the residue from the various arms interferes with the tape's ability to stick.
The same is true in relationships, where previous sexual experiences interfere with the ability to bond.
But a sexual relationship that is properly bonded from the start, such as that between two virgins on their wedding night, has one advantage among many:
Oxytocin helps to maintain the "high" of sex in a long term relationship.
This does not mean that if a person is not a virgin on the wedding night, he or she will be unable to bond with a spouse.
It simply means that when we follow God's plan, we have the most abundant life possible.