We’ve long been told that abstaining from sex between trying to conceive can improve your chance of success. (The theory is that doing the deed less may make his sperm count stronger.) But according to new research, the opposite may in fact be true.
In a study of 1000 people, doctors at the Centre For Reproductive Medicine of Shengjing Hospital in China found that the more regularly couples got busy, the more likely they were to make a baby.
The team studied the semen from participants – including its volume, mobility and protein makeup – after several days of no sex and after 1-3 hours.
They found two major differences between these groups:
- The less they time they had abstained, the faster the sperm swam
- The older the sperm, the less likely they were to fuse with an egg
You see, the longer sperm spends outside the testicles, the more venerable it becomes to oxygen damage, which inhibits its ability to form an embryo.
“For years, men have usually been advised to limit sexual activity to increase the chances of pregnancy,” explained lead researcher, Dr Li.
“However, it’s time to change our minds. Our data indicated couples with relatively normal semen parameters should have frequent sex around the ovulation period. This could make all the difference to their efforts to start a family.”