Could More Regular Sex Delay Menopause?
The study concluded that women who engaged in sexual activity weekly were 28% less likely to have experienced menopause at any age compared with women who engaged in sexual activity less than monthly.
According to the study’s first author, UCL PhD candidate Megan Arnot, if a woman is not having sex, the body regards ovulation as a waste of energy and this energy is better directed at caring for the next generation.
This is known as the “grandmother hypothesis” - essentially that women cease fertility in order to invest more time in their family and reduce reproductive conflict between generations of women. Ms Arnot refers to it as a “biological energetic trade-off”.
Conducted over a 10 year period, the study found that 45% of the women experienced a natural menopause at an average age of 52. By examining the relationship between sexual frequency and the age of natural menopause, it found the women who engaged in sexual activity only monthly (as opposed to weekly) had a higher risk of early menopause.
Interestingly, the study also tested whether living with a male partner (exposure to male pheromones) delayed menopause. The researchers found no correlation between the two.
In essence, the study concludes that the timing of menopause may adapt in response to sexual behaviour.
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Sexual frequency is associated with age of natural menopause: results from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation | Royal Society Open Science
Megan Arnot | University College London
The Grandmother Effect: Implications for Studies on Aging and Cognition | US National Library of Medicine
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