Why sex can delay menopause

Having sex regularly comes with a long list of benefits that don’t stop with the enjoyment you experience from the special connection with your loved one.

In fact, regular sex goes hand-in-hand with a lengthy list of health benefits, including:

  • A better immune system
  • A lower risk of heart attack
  • Better brain health
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved sleep

And, much, much more…

A healthy sex life can even help you look younger.

Yup, you read that right — studies have shown that people who have sex at least 4 times per week with a regular partner look 7 to 12 years younger than they actually are!

Now, if that’s not a reason to have more sex, I don’t know what is.

And now, a brand new study from researchers at University College London is giving us women one more reason to enjoy our sex lives more often…

Delaying menopause.

A big perk

The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, involved more than 3,000 women in their 40s and 50s. And, the researchers combed through more than a decade’s worth of data.

Here’s what it came down to…

The more you have sex, the less likely you are to go into menopause.

In fact, the results showed that women who have sex at least once a week are 28 percent less likely to experience menopause when compared to women for whom sex is a less than once a month enjoyment.

And, there’s more…

Even if you fall into the once a month category, you still reap big benefits since monthly sex comes with a 19 percent lower likelihood of experiencing menopause compared to sex less than once a month.

This means that simply spending more time in the bedroom (or wherever you prefer to enjoy yourself) could keep you out of menopause longer.

Why your sex life affects menopause

But, how does it work? How does having more sex delay menopause?

Well, according to the researchers the link may be that if you’re having sex, your body is willing to put energy into ovulation, which keeps menopause further down the road.

“The findings of our study suggest that if a woman is not having sex, and there is no chance of pregnancy, then the body ‘chooses’ not to invest in ovulation, as it would be pointless,” said Megan Arnot, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at University College London and lead author of the study.

Of course, we all know that getting pregnant isn’t the only reason to have sex — not by a long shot. But, biologically speaking, it seems to matter when it comes to menopause. So, the likelihood of getting pregnant and whether your body continues ovulation might just go hand-in-hand.

That means if you are still pre-menopausal and want to stave off those hormone changes just a bit longer, you now have one more reason to spend more quality time enjoying your sex life.

And, remember, sex doesn’t have to stop at menopause or even later. To discover five ways to bring sexy back no matter what your age, check out Who says sex stops at 65? by my colleague, Margaret Cantwell.

Sources:

  1. Having More Sex Can Delay Menopause, Study Finds — Best Life
  2. The Surprising Health Benefits of Sex — OnHealth
  3. Sexual frequency is associated with age of natural menopause: results from the Study of Women’s Health Across the NationRoyal Society Open Science

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.