Contrary to popular belief, daily sex can increase the chances of couples who are trying to conceive. It has been a common knowledge for couples with fertility problems not to engage in sex for several days in order to boost sperm production before trying to conceive.
However, during a recent American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference, a team of experts from Sydney University revealed that abstinence could result to poorer quality of sperm. At least one UK expert agreed that daily intercourse might be better for men’s sexual health with damaged sperm.
The team from Australia studied 42 men whose damaged sperm had been found to be abnormally-shaped upon examination under the microscope. These men were told to ejaculate everyday for 7 straight days, and the samples were compared with those taken from them after 3 days of abstinence. Almost all except for 5 of the men had less sperm damage in their daily samples as compared with the post-abstention samples.
While abstaining from sexual intercourse may allow the number of sperm to build up, there occurs a trade off between quality and quantity. According to Dr. Allan Pacey, secretary of...