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Premarital Sex: Religion vs. Science

 

" Numerous studies show that not only is regular sex related to staying healthy, but abstaining from sex is associated with various health problems."

 

        With the marriage rate declining and marriage coming later and later in life, we now know that old views about "saving yourself for marriage" are now being almost universally ignored. There are many reasons.

~~1. Female health is positively associated with sexual activity. Sex and female health

Studies have shown that regular sex is associated with living longer, lower rates of depression, and an enhancement of  the health and beauty of a woman's skin. 

Researchers at SUNY Albany have found that women who abstain from sex are more likely to suffer from depression. 

Orgasms appear to reduce the effects of PMS. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that even women who fantasize about sex had twice the PMS pain tolerance of control groups. This is apparently due to a spike in estrogen. 

A 1999 study among college women found that orgasms (one or two times a week in the study) were linked to the production of immunoglobulin, which helps fight disease.  

A 2004 study found that the rate of cancer in women who have regular sex is lower than in those who don't. Frequent sex is tied to a lower incidence of breast cancer in women.

Of maybe less importance are the findings that vigorous sex can burn more than 200 calories, which is about the same as spending 30 minutes jogging. According to a researcher at the University of Bristol, regular sex has even been associated with better posture.  

~~2. The higher the frequency of male ejaculations, especially in early adulthood, the less likely it is for men to get prostate cancer later in life.

A longitudinal Harvard study of 29,342 men provided information on the frequency of ejaculations from young adulthood to middle age and beyond.

Compared to men who reported 4 to 7 ejaculations per month the men who ejaculated 21 or more times a month had a 31% lower risk of prostate cancer.

A similar study was conducted in Australia with 2,338 men. The same relationship was found. In both studies diet and other environmental influences were controlled.

It is theorized that emptying the prostate of potentially irritating and harmful substances reduces the changes of prostate cancer.

Results were mixed on the relationship to the number of sexual partners.  One study found that the number of sexual partners was related to the probability of prostate cancer; another study found there was no relationship.

Interestingly, the men who ejaculated more frequently had higher testosterone levels.  Although testosterone was thought to be linked to cancer, in this case the reverse was found. The reason is not known.

~~2. More sex means more and better sperm

" Having sex every day can increase a man's sperm count by 20 to 30 percent."

Dr. Allan Percy, via BBCNews.com

 

The quality of sperm can be harmed by abstinence. Having sex every day not only increases the sperm count, but it removes old, damaged sperm.

This contradicts some "wisdom" that said that holding off on sex in favor of the day or days in the fertile period of the woman's cycle will increase the chances of pregnancy. Research indicates that this is not so.  In terms of sperm count, the more sex the better.

~~5. Strong anecdotal evidence exists suggesting that the earlier in life men engage in sexual activity the firmer their erections tend to be in later life. This is referred to as erectile quality.

This article on Sex, Personal Health and Mental Stability expands on some of these points.

~~6. Abstinence pledges are associated with unsafe sex. A study by Yale and Columbia university followed 12,000 students in grades 7 through 12 for six years and found that those who engaged in sex (as most eventually do, even though they sign no-sex-before-marriage pledges) were less likely than other teens to use safe-sex measures.

At the same time, those pledging sexual abstinence were also less likely to be tested for sexually-transmitted disease.  This group was also six times more likely to have oral sex, and the male pledgers were four times more likely to have high-risk anal sex.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a 2006 study of 14,000 young people reveals that more than half of people who signed an abstinence program pledge to remain virgins until marriage broke their pledge within the fist year.

  NOTE:  Sexual disease, including AIDS, is widespread, especially in Southern United States. Sex with anyone other than a trusted partner requires protection — generally in the form of a condom. Although if properly used condoms provide a very high degree of protection, that protection is not 100%.


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