WOMEN who have sex every week may have a lower chance of an early menopause, according to researchers.University College London experts asked nearly 3,000 women – who were tracked for 10 years – about how often they had sex.
Women of any age who had sex each week were less likely to have been through the menopause, compared to those who did so less than once a month.For example, those who had regular sex were 28 per cent less likely to have entered the menopause at age 51, compared to their counterparts.
Sexual activity included full-blown intercourse, oral sex, touching and caressing, or self-stimulation.
Scientists said if a woman is not having sex and there is no chance of pregnancy, the body ‘chooses’ to stop investing energy into ovulation.
Instead, their bodies may decide to invest energy elsewhere, such as in looking after grandchildren.
The theory, known as the grandmother hypothesis, says the menopause evolved to help mothers have more children.
It suggests that grandmothers would aid their offspring to have more of their own children by caring for the existing grandchildren.A woman’s immune function is hampered during ovulation, making the body more susceptible to disease.And so if a pregnancy is unlikely because of a lack of sexual activity
the body would divert its focus from a costly process to aiding existing relatives.
The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
What is the menopause?
Menopause is defined as the changes a woman goes through just before and after she stops her periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.Some women go through this time with few, if any, symptoms, around 60 percent experience symptoms resulting in behavioral changes and one in four will suffer severely.
Common symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness leading to discomfort during sex, disrupted sleep, decreased sex drive, problems with memory and concentration and mood swings.Menopause happens when your ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen and no longer release an egg each month.In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51, according to the NHS vascular dementia
Source: Nigerian Tribune