Calling Dr. Love: Welcome to the first in our series on sex. It seems sex is integral to our health! Stay tuned…
Research has shown that frequent sexual activity — having an orgasm at least twice a week — can keep you from getting sick this winter. Individuals who engage in regular sexual activity have been shown to produce higher levels of immunoglobulin (IGA), an anti-body that can prevent susceptibility to catching minor colds and flus.
IGA is the dominant antibody in your body’s defense system; it is present in saliva and mucosal lining and works as a barrier at the most common points of entry for germs that make you sick.
In a study conducted by Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania, IGA levels were revealed to be significantly higher — at least 33 percent higher — in people that had regular sex with a partner than those who had less frequent sexual encounters. Regardless of length or the emotional health of the relationships, the benefits as a result of sexual activity were the same in the study participants. Not that we’re advocating doing it with just anyone!
The study also revealed that while the higher IGA levels were consistent in couples that had intercourse several times per week, those couples that had “very frequent” sex — more than 3 times per week — demonstrated less potent IGA levels similar to those individuals who had no sexual activity.
So next time you’re in the mood, you can simply tell your partner you need to have sex because you don’t want to catch the cough that’s been going around the office. Or, if you’re not in the mood because you’ve done it twice already that week, you won’t need to blame it on a headache; just remind your sweetie that too much sex is as bad for your immune system as not enough.
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