Having less sexual intercourse related to the previous menopause: study

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Having less sexual intercourse related to the previous menopause: study

Women who have sex more frequently are less likely to have early menopause, the researchers say, and add that women who reported having sexual activity weekly were 28 percent less likely to have experienced menopause than those who had sexual intercourse less than once a month.

While the study, published in the Royal Society Open Science, did not analyze the reason for the link, the researchers said that the physical signs of sex may indicate to the body that there is a chance of getting pregnant.

But for women who do not have sexual intercourse frequently in middle age, a previous menopause may make more biological sense, according to the study.

“The findings of our study suggest that if a woman is not having sex and there is no possibility of pregnancy, then the body ‘chooses’ not to invest in ovulation, since it would not make sense,” said study researcher Megan Arnot of University College London in the United States.

“There may be a biological energy compensation between investing energy in ovulation and investing elsewhere, such as staying active taking care of grandchildren,” Arnot added.

During ovulation, a woman’s immune function is affected, making the body more susceptible to disease, according to the study.

Since a pregnancy is unlikely due to lack of sexual activity, then it would not be beneficial to allocate energy to an expensive process, especially if there is the option to invest resources in existing relatives.

The research is based on data collected from 2,936 women, recruited as the reference cohort for the SWAN study in 1996/1997.

Women were asked to answer several questions, even if they had had sex with their partner in the last six months, how often they had sex, even if they had had sex, oral sex, sexual contact or caresses in the Last six months and if they had been involved in self-stimulation in the last six months.

The most frequent pattern of sexual activity was weekly (64 percent).

The interviews were conducted during a ten-year follow-up period, during which 1,324 (45 percent) of the 2,936 women experienced a natural menopause at an average age of 52 years.

When modeling the relationship between sexual frequency and the age of natural menopause, women of any age who had weekly sex had a risk ratio of 0.72, while women of any age who had monthly sex had a reason for 0.81 risks.

This provided a probability that women of any age who had weekly sex were 28% less likely to experience menopause compared to those who had sex less than once a month.

Similarly, people who had sexual intercourse monthly were 19% less likely to experience menopause at any age compared to those who had sexual intercourse less than once a month.

The study also tested whether living with a male partner affected menopause as a proxy to assess whether exposure to male pheromones delayed menopause.

The researchers found no correlation, regardless of whether the man was present at home or not.

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