Weekly Sexual Activity May Decrease Risk of Early Menopause
Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Early menopause may increase the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis as a result of the body no longer producing estrogen. According to a recent study, women who engage in sexual activity on a weekly basis are 28% less likely to experience early menopause.
Partcipants in the study included 2,936 women who took part in the the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. The study was designed to collect data on the biological and psychosocial changes that occur with menopause. The women were followed for an average of 10 years, and provided information regarding frequency of sexual activity and age at which pre-menopause, peri-menopause, and/or menopause occurred.
The researchers found that women who engaged in sexual activity on a weekly basis were 28% less likely to experience menopause before the age of 52. Women who engaged in sexual activity on a monthly basis were 19% less likely to experience menopause before the age of 52. These findings held even after factoring in education, BMI, estrogen level, race, smoking habits, and age of first menstrual cycle.
The study was conducted by researchers from University College London. It was published online ahead of print on January 15, 2020 in Royal Society Open Science.