"I haven't had sex in ages." The phrase was said by the multimillionaire and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk and raised a relevant question: 

the lack of sex is or is not a problem for health? SIC Notícias asked the question to psychologist and sexologist, Tânia Graça, and the 

answer is: it depends. But there is one certainty: "contrary to what is often said, sex is not a basic need of the human being.

And here the various 'depends' begin: it depends on the meaning each person attaches to sexual desire and the reasons why one is

not having sex; it also depends on whether we are talking about sexual abstinence in a couple or 

in single people; and it also depends on each person's life story and previous sexual experiences. "Each human is a world," the sexologist stresses.

A person who has had pleasurable sexual intercourse may be more willing to feel sexual desire in order to repeat the good feeling they had.

During the sexual act, the hypothalamus releases a hormone called oxytocin - known as the "love hormone" - which is responsible for the feeling of well-being.

On the other hand, in a person who has had traumatic or painful sexual experiences 

"the opposite will happen": the person ends up not having as much sexual desire, since they don't have good memories of previous experiences.

"It all depends on the idiosyncrasies of the person," says Tânia Graça. It's necessary to understand if it's "a choice or not

and what meaning they attach to this abstinence", if there is "a meaning of diminishing oneself" or if it has "another meaning 

altogether". "If someone has little resistance to frustration, little ability to react to impulses, if they link sex to rejection, it can 

affect self-esteem, it can trigger suffering and even some physical impact - if I have low self-esteem, I may not take care of myself as much."