Less sex linked to early menopause

The Punch - - HEALTH WISE -


RE­SEARCHERS in a new study have sug­gested that hav­ing sex less fre­quently could lead to early menopause.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ca­ble News Net­work, the re­searchers found that women who re­ported hav­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­ity weekly were 28 per cent less likely to have ex­pe­ri­enced menopause than those who had sex less than once a month.

“Sim­i­larly, those who had sex monthly were 19 per cent less likely to have at­tained menopause – de­fined as 12 months with­out a pe­riod – than those who had sex less than once a month.

“While the study didn’t look at the rea­son for the link, the au­thors said that the phys­i­cal cues of sex may sig­nal to the body that there is a pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting preg­nant. But for women who aren’t hav­ing sex fre­quently in midlife, an ear­lier menopause may make more bi­o­log­i­cal sense,” the re­searchers wrote.

The lead author of the study, Me­gan Arnot, said, “If you are not go­ing to re­pro­duce, there is no point ovu­lat­ing – you are bet­ter off us­ing that en­ergy else­where.

“There may be a bi­o­log­i­cal en­er­getic trade-off be­tween in­vest­ing en­ergy into ovu­la­tion and in­vest­ing else­where – such as keep­ing ac­tive by look­ing af­ter grand­chil­dren,” Arnot said.

She added that the study tested whether liv­ing with a male part­ner af­fected menopause – one ex­ist­ing the­ory was that in­creased ex­po­sure to male pheromones as a re­sult of liv­ing with a man de­layed menopause. How­ever, they found no cor­re­la­tion whether a male part­ner was present in the house­hold or not.

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