Women’s Health: The frequency of intercourse could influence menopause onset
Let's talk about sex

Women’s Health: The frequency of intercourse could influence menopause onset

There’s a link between sex and menopause. An active sex life, with intercourse once a week or even once a month, is linked to a later onset of menopause. This has been confirmed by a study conducted by 2 researchers from the University College London and published in Royal Society Open Science. Megan Arnot and Ruth Mace, the study’s authors, analysed nearly 3000 volunteers for 10 years. The majority of the women were around 45 years old, with children, and were either married or lived with their partners. The participants were interviewed about their sexual habits, from the frequency of oral sex, to cuddling and masturbation.

Researchers then combined this data with those regarding menopause. They observed that the probability to begin menopause at a certain age in the women who had sex once a week was 28% lower than the women who were intimate with their partners less then once a month. Those who reported having sex once a month showed a probability of 19%. The scientists also asked themselves if living with a partner, and therefore being exposed to masculine pheromones, could have an effect on menopause. But in this case the study proved negative. According to the researchers, the ties between sex and menopause are both phyisological and evolutional. If a woman does not have sexual intercourse there is not the possibility of becoming pregnant and the body decides to transfer energy use from ovulation to other functions, including a greater involvement in child rearing.

This idea is also part of the Grandmother Hypothesis which states that menopause serves an evolutionary purpose of reducing reproductive conflict between mother and daughter by ensuring that women with a well-formed family, with children and grandchildren, could dedicate themselves to caring for the youngest.

HFTHQ 20-06

You may also like

Chronic pain compromises sexual life
News
Let's talk about sex

Chronic pain compromises sexual life

Headaches, backache, muscle and bones ache. Chronic pain, which comes back or never completely disappears, can become part of our life by invading all its daily aspects. Including the sexual sphere.

The secret of a happy sex-life? Feel young
News
Let's talk about sex

The secret of a happy sex-life? Feel young

There is no “right age” to make love, feeling young is what matters. This has just been confirmed by a team of researchers from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in a study published in the Journal of Sex Research, looking at the effects of age and perceived age on sexual satisfaction

Sexual activity protects the brain from ageing
News
Let's talk about sex

Sexual activity protects the brain from ageing

Even in old age, regular sex could protect the brain from ageing and delay any physiological cognitive decline. A Coventry and Oxford university study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences analysed the relationship between sexual activity and cognitive functions. The study followed 28 men and 45 women, aged between 50 and 83 years. Participants were asked to respond to a questionnaire which estimated their sexual frequency during the last year and provide information on their lifestyle and health.