It's no secret that sex comes with many benefits, but a new study suggests that having sex frequently can also keep you from ageing. Well, sort of.
The study, conducted by the University of California in San Francisco, monitored the sexual habits of 129 mothers in relationships over one week. Researchers found that those who had sex at least once during that week had significantly longer telomeres, nucleoprotein caps at the end of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from deteriorating, than those who didn't.
Telomeres naturally break down due to ageing, poor diet, and high alcohol use, according to the study. But being physically active, eating well, and, apparently, having sex, can help mend and lengthen them. Other studies suggest that these telomeres can help you live longer and keep up physical and mental health as you age.
Something interesting about the study, however, is that relationship satisfaction, daily support or conflict, or perceived stress had nothing to do with telomeres length. Neither did the participant's sex drive or enjoyment of sex.