Researchers suggest that regular sex with your partner could boost your fertility by triggering some changes in the immune system. Turns out the solution to getting pregnant faster is practicing sex more often.
The team of scientists from the Indiana University just found that intercourse tends to change physiological hormonal activity in women, making them more fertile and increasing their chances of getting pregnant, even outside of their cycle of ovulation.
Guidelines always recommended that couples should engage in more sexual practices in order to increase the woman’s chances of getting pregnant. However, it was not clear why it works that way. This recent research is the first that shows intercourse may tend to initiate certain types of immunity inside the organism that supports conception.
The research results were published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Basically, what the new study proved is that sex outside the fertile period improves fertility.
Earlier studies had shown that changes in immunity occur during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and right after childbirth. However, the Indiana University research shows exclusively that intercourse clearly plays an active role in immunity regulation. The study found that women who are sexually active benefited from these changes more than the women who are abstinent.
The study may encourage recommendations regarding sexual intercourse frequency for those couples trying to make babies. But, more importantly, it could influence treatment in people that suffer from autoimmune disorders.
The research may shed light on numerous other studies unrelated to this topic that found inexplicable rises and falls in immune system charts. Tierney Lorenz, the lead author of the study, said that a wider recognition regarding the association between sexual activity and immune system changes will lead more and more physicians to treat their patients properly.
Lorenz and his colleagues found that women who are more active sexually experience more changes in helper T cells. They also found that this group of women experienced different antibody levels than the women who were sexually abstinent.
The role of helper T cells in the body’s immune system is that they activate immunoglobulins, antibodies which destroy foreign microbes that enter the body. Compared to type 1 helper T cells, type 2 helper T cells respond to sperm and fetus positively, supporting conception.
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