Having sex will reduce the risk of early menopause

Published on 15 January in the scientific journal Royal Society Open Science, a new study reveals that women engaged in sexual activities on a monthly gold weekly basis would have less risk than others of experiencing a premature menopause.

The study was conducted using data from 2 936 women were recruited in 1996/1997. The average age at the first interview with the researchers was 45 years, and the participants were mostly married or in couples (78%) and were living with their partner (68%). All have been invited to answer various questions, in particular in terms of frequency of sexual intercourse and other sexual activities (oral sex, masturbation, petting, etc). Most of the respondents (64%) reported having sexual activity with a weekly frequency.

The interviews were conducted over a period of up to ten years, during which period 1324 (45%) of 2936 women had experienced natural menopause at an average age of 52 years. By modeling the relationship between the frequency of sexual and the age of natural menopause, the researchers found that thewomen who reported engaging in sexual activity on a weekly basis were 28% less likely to be in menopause compared to women engaged in sexual activities less than once per month. Similarly, those who had sexual relations monthly were 19% less likely to suffer from menopause at a given age than those reporting intercourse less than once per month.

The results of our study suggest that if a woman does not have sexual intercourse and that there is no chance of pregnancy, the body ‘chooses’ not to invest in ovulation, since this would be useless. There could be a compromised energy organic investing energy in ovulation and invest elsewhere, such as in the fact to stay active in caring for their grandchildren,” commented Mean Arnot, anthropologist and first author of the study.

The idea that women cease to be fertile to invest more in their family is known under the name ofAssumption of the grandmother, an assumption that predicts that the menopause has evolved to the origin in the man to reduce the conflict between reproductive between the different generations of women, and enable women to increase their fitness by investing in their grandchildren,” added the researcher.

The study also showed that the presence or not of a man from the woman, had, however, no influence on the occurrence or not of menopause.

Source : MedicalXpress

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