How sex affect our Brain Synapses

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Many young adults find sex to be a sensitive or taboo subject. Some people have strong beliefs about when they should begin sexual activity, while others may be uncomfortable even having a talk about sex. Having open discussions about sex has the ability to spark discussions regarding people’s concerns or questions about engaging in or postponing sexual activity. Whether a person is planning to have a conversation about sex or wants to make an informed decision, understanding the consequences of sexual activity on synaptic connections in the brain is beneficial.

What sexual stimulation does to synapses:

  • Constructs a superhighway. Sexual action transforms a synaptic connection from a trickle to a freeway.
  • Synapse connections that are strong seek to be used.
    Creates a habit. Sex shapes our synapses, forming strong patterns—habits—in our brain.
  • When you become sexually active, the synaptic connections that help you resist sexual behavior weaken, while those that urge sexual engagement strengthen. Your brain becomes conditioned to accept sex as normal. This is ideal for marriage but not for dating.
    When sex is introduced into the courting process, it can have some serious negative consequences.

    • Damages ability to bond. In their book, Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children, Freda McKissic Bush and Joe McIlhaney explain, “when this sex/bonding/breaking-up cycle is repeated a few or many times—even when the bonding was short-lived—damage is done to the important, built-in ability to develop significant and meaningful connection to other human beings.” As a result, we end up training our brains not to bond with people.
    • Normalizes short-term relationships. Our brain becomes molded to accept short-term relationships as the norm. It becomes harder to establish and maintain the long-term, healthy relationships needed for stable marriages and families because the neurological pattern has been established to break up after a short time.

    Good News

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the adverse consequences of sex in the dating process…there is good news! Not only does God offer forgiveness, but also God designed the brain to heal and rewire after periods of abstinence. Synapse connections can atrophy over time in a way that resets the brain to allow for heightened bonding once again and to no longer normalize short-term relationships.

    Talking with young adults about sexual activity can be uncomfortable. The Relationship IQ blog post “Talking About Sex With Young Adults” discusses helpful tips on engaging in conversations about this topic.

    Discover more ways to talk about how sex affects the brain, by referring to the module What about Sex? from the rIQ Curriculum. 


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