Recent research out from the University of Indiana found something that seems a little obvious at first glance – more sex could increase a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant.
While it does seem like an obvious fact, what the research is really pointing out is that a woman who has sex throughout her cycle, and not just during her “window” for ovulation, could actually be priming her body for pregnancy, making the chances of pregnancy more likely when ovulation does occur.
That’s because a sexually active woman is having some interesting immune system changes that women who abstain from sex throughout their cycle don’t have. These changes occur within the immune system, which emits helper T-cells during a woman’s cycle that could be telling the woman’s body to be kinder to the sperm trying to unite with the egg. In other words, the immune system is telling the body that it should accept, rather than try to attack and destroy, the foreign objects.
Of course, this research is observational and needs more scientific backing, but it just goes to show that sex’s effect on the body is tremendous. Research has already shown that sexually active individuals have stronger immune systems and take less sick days. Sex is also linked to lower blood pressure and anxiety levels.
Of course, all the sex in the world won’t benefit couples experiencing infertility. For that, medical assistance is usually required.
Read more about this study here.