Less sex could mean earlier menopause

(Robert Preidt/ WebMD) — For women, a humdrum sex life might also mean an earlier onset of menopause, a new study suggests.

British researchers who tracked the sex lives and menopausal status of nearly 3,000 American women for a decade found that those who had less sex were more likely to begin menopause at an earlier age.

Women’s bodies may react to a lessening of sexual activity on a “use it or lose it” basis, the research team theorized.

“The findings of our study suggest that if a woman is not having sex, and there is no chance of pregnancy, then the body ‘chooses’ not to invest in ovulation, as it would be pointless,” explained study first author Megan Arnot. (…)

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