New Research Says More Sex Means Healthier Pregnancy, Increase Chances Of Getting Pregnant For Couples Undergoing IVF

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald January 18, 07:41 am
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A new research backed up the claims of the past studies that more sex could lead to a healthier life. However, the latest research proved it is not just beneficial to the life of the couple but also leads to a healthier pregnancy, as well as increases the chances of conceiving if a couple is undergoing IVF.

According to Daily Mail, professor Sarah Robertson of the University of Adelaide wrote in The Conversation that having more intercourse before a couple conceives can lead to a healthier pregnancy. The research pointed out this is because of the bodies of women, as well as how the immune system works.

One of the healthy outcomes, when a woman has regular intercourse with the same partner for at least three months before getting pregnant, is it lessens the risk of developing preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is the condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure that could lead to serious complications such as growth problems for the yet-to-be-born child and in some cases, it could even threaten the life of the mother.

Preeclampsia is related to sexual intercourse because Robertson said the condition becomes more common when there was limited sexual contact with the partner before the pregnancy. It is also linked to the insufficient establishment of the immune tolerance for the mother, Michigan Chronicle reported.

Robertson continued to explain that women who had less than three months of sexual activity with their partner developed a 13 percent chance of preeclampsia, which was more than double of the average occurrence. As for the women who conceived during the first sexual contact, the chance of developing preeclampsia was at 22 percent. This was three times higher than the average occurrence. These women's babies also experience low birth weight.

For the couples undergoing IVF, Robertson shared, "A study of Australian and Spanish couples showed intercourse in the days just before or just after embryo transfer boosted pregnancy rates by 50 percent." It was not clear, however, why the immunity of the mother was linked to frequent sexual intercourse.

So, do you think sex is healthy for pregnant women? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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