Are menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s complaints of blue balls actually warranted? Not exactly, but there is new related research: Sexual frustration can lead to physiological changes and a shorter life spanÃ¢â‚¬”at least, for fruit flies, according to a new study published in the journal Science.
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We know this sounds like some line youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be told on a bad date, but stay with us. Researchers at the University of Michigan exposed male fruit flies to the sexual pheromones of their female counterparts but didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give them the opportunity to mate. So basically, they were revved up and ready to goÃ¢â‚¬”but werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t actually given the chance to get off. The deprived flies experienced a loss in fat stores, more stress, and ultimately shorter lives than other flies. And miraculously, getting it on partially reversed these negative effects.
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It seems like expecting sex without the reward led to changes in the aging process, suggest the study authors. But while the research is definitely thought provoking, it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily mean youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re cutting your life short if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going through a dry spell. Because, well, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re fruit flies. So definitely donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let this make you feel pressured to do anything youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not feeling.
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