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Having Sex Marathons May Increase Your Chance of Insemination, Study Says

Having Sex Marathons May Increase Your Chance of Insemination, Study Says

One in eight couples suffer from infertility. Approximately 44 percent of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65 percent carry their baby to full term and give birth, according to William M. Mercer, author of As A Covered Benefit. While these statistics are startling and unfortunate, a new study suggests having sex marathons may increase your chance of insemination.

Conducted by researchers from North Middlesex Hospital in London, it was discovered having sex twice within an hour could triple a couple’s chance of getting pregnant. The study followed 73 couples who were all undergoing intrauterine insemination (IUI), a fertility treatment where sperm is placed directly into the womb. The men, who were classed as sub-fertile, produced two sperm samples within the hour. The second sample was used for the treatment, and it resulted in a pregnancy rate of 20 percent, more than three times the six percent success rate expected. In addition, right away 15 women were successfully impregnated and 10 women became pregnant the second time the couples tried.

Gulam Bahadur, an infertility specialist at North Middlesex Hospital, led the investigation. In an interview with Daily Mail, he said, “Though this is a relatively small study, we believe it is a big step forward and could make a major difference to pregnancy rates. It would be reasonable to assume the same effect would apply to men trying to conceive naturally.

The study also:

Dispel the theory that men should “save” their sperm to have a baby.

Demonstrates instead of draining reproductive capacity, having extra sex boosts it.

Imply the obvious: if you’re not looking to conceive, sex marathons may present more of a pregnancy risk.

Researchers concluded, “Sperm progression in the 'consecutive ejaculate' was better and this factor correlated to positive pregnancy outcomes. Multiple factors are associated with a positive pregnancy outcome for IUI, but the use of 'consecutive ejaculates' were deemed crucial towards contributing to pregnancy rates.”

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