Making love is actually combining the useful with the pleasant. New research finds that having less regular sex could lead to early menopause.
Cuddling under the duvet doesn’t hurt anyone. On the contrary, having regular sex would reduce the chances of early menopause , according to a study by researchers from University College London. The scientists drew on an American epidemiological study called the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), which examines the health of women in their middle age.
This American survey followed nearly 3,000 women for a decade. They were on average 45 years old at the start of the survey and none of them were yet menopausal. However, 46% of women were in early perimenopause and were starting to experience symptoms such as irregular periods and hot flashes . As for the rest, they were pre-menopausal and had regular cycles and had no signs of menopause . The study found that 45% of women experienced natural menopause by the age of 52.
Frequency of intercourse affects chances of early menopause
The researchers came to a conclusion. Women who reported having sex every week were 28% less likely to be menopausal than those who had it less than once a month. It was the same for women who made love several times a month. They reduced their chance of having early menopause by 19%. “This is the first time that a study has shown a link between the frequency of sexual intercourse and the onset of menopause,” CNN chief author Megan Arnot told CNN media.
The reproductive process does not stop if pregnancy is possible
And the explanation is for the moment only a hypothesis. Although the study did not analyze the reason for the link, the researchers explained that physical signals can tell the body that there is a possibility of getting pregnant . The reproductive process takes its course longer when the body knows that pregnancy is likely. “If you are not going to reproduce, there is no point in ovulating. It is better to use this energy elsewhere,” explained Megan Arnot.
The body would therefore stop focusing its energy on the ovulation process, if pregnancy is unlikely due to the lack of sexual activity. This would explain why women who have less frequent sex in their forties, are more likely to have early menopause.