Use It Or Lose It: An Active, Healthy Sex Life May Delay Menopause
You know the saying if you don’t use you will lose it, right?
Well, apparently women’s bodies are the same way, especially with S-E-X.
A study that was conducted, showed that women who had a more active sex life were postponing menopause later than women who did not.
Ok, here are the details of this mind-blowing study.
Researchers from University College London, who surveyed 3,000 women about their sex lives and tracked them for a decade made the startling connection.
The women who were married or in a relationship had sex at least once a week, and the average age when the study began was 45 years of age, found that they had a lower chance of experiencing menopause symptoms.
That was in contrast to women in the same age group who said that they had sex less than once per month.
So, if that doesn’t show that you need a healthy sex life to stay younger longer I don’t know what does!
According to the researchers, if a woman is not having sex – and by extension, there isn’t any chance of getting pregnant – her body may choose to stop investing so much energy into ovulating. During ovulation, a woman’s immune function is hampered, which makes the body more susceptible to illness.
One hypothesis is that women’s bodies might be trying to save energy to be used elsewhere, such as for looking after grandchildren. The “grandmother hypothesis” theorizes that menopause evolved in order to help mothers have more children. Grandmothers, the theory goes, could help their offspring have more children of their own by helping to care for the existing grandchildren.
The researchers said they were inspired to explore this link after noticing a trend in the existing menopause literature of married women experiencing menopause later, something they say that few studies had attempted to explain.
Study co-author Ruth Mace cautioned that there are no behavioral interventions that can prevent reproductive cessation and that menopause is inevitable. However, she added: “Nonetheless, these results are an initial indication that menopause timing may be adaptive in response to the likelihood of becoming pregnant.”
The authors also said that the link may not necessarily be causal; there could be some other biological or hormonal factor not measured by the study influencing both how often a woman has sex and her age at menopause. They did find, however, that living with a male partner and therefore being exposed to male pheromones did not provide an explanation for the findings. They also controlled for factors such as estrogen hormone levels, body mass index, and smoking.
The study was published by the Royal Society Open Science.
There are some benefits to experiencing menopause later in life. Earlier onset of menopause has been linked to greater loss of bone density and adverse cholesterol profiles, among other issues. And although scientists can’t say with certainty that an active sex life will delay menopause, some doctors say that having sex regularly during perimenopause and menopause can make sex less painful with time, which is important as many post-menopausal women are unable to have sex due to vaginal dryness and pain.