Sex & Hormone Regularity

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Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby SeekingChange » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:11 am

I have been wondering if regular, frequent sex can regulate hormones?

Since we have been reading up on low testosterone, one thing mentioned to help bring it up naturally is "lots of sex". I have pretty much been one who has dealt with irregular cycles my whole life. The only times I was close to being regular was for a few months after my period started back up after each birth (4), and then it would start getting more sporadic again.

The past 2 1/2 years, since our change in tmb, my cycles have been "normal" or regular like they never have been. Is this another benefit to frequent sex? Or is it just age and I'm finally "grown up" :D ? Although, I am getting to that age where I would halfway expext things to be getting irregular because of perimenopause.

This is just something that makes me go, Hmmmm?

If we are living an obedient, 'life of praise' life for Him, wouldn't that naturally affect us physiologically? I think there is even some Scripture backing for that.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby seeking perspective » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:25 am

My hormones were always affected by my stress levels, so what comes to my mind is that the constant tension in your marriage was extremely stressful. With that gone, your hormone cycles were able to resume a more regular rhythm.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby SeekingChange » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:30 am

I could see that, but I have always been irregular (MC started @ 12 yo), not just after I got married.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby FoxluvsBunny » Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:21 am

This is really interesting to me as it makes sense and i think i have heard something like that before on holistic health blogs and podcasts (frequent sex tends to regulate things hormonally, at least for women). I wonder if there is something scientifically to this. I'm sure sex is good for health, it does change and raise sex hormone levels, and lower stress hormones. You would think. I would say we only have sex once or twice a week or so typically right now, but i have actually noticed my cycles get slightly more irregular the past several months. I think it's the stress though and all the life changes, not the sex. I'm super sensitive to stress as well. I was super irregular in the past (in that i'd have amenorrhea and maybe a cycle every few years), but that was due to lifestyle stuff on my part. Then for a while i was clockwork within a day or two, since we got married and i feel like it's been one of the more stressful times, things have varied within 4-5 days and the second half of my cycle has been slightly on the shorter side, like 11 days instead of 13+ days which is normal and indicative of balanced hormones (indicative of lower progesterone levels; for me i'm very sensitive to stress and this happens when i'm under stress)... so for me sex hasn't regulated my hormones. But maybe we aren't having it enough to have the effects and i think the stress is definitely a negative. If i had time i would be interested in seeing studies on regular sex and the effects on hormone regularity in both men and women.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby SeekingChange » Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:41 pm

I have been very sensitive to stress the past 11 years, I physically can feel the affects of stress before I am consciously aware that I am stressed. One or two times a week doesn't seem like it would be enough to make the difference.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby FoxluvsBunny » Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:34 am

really interesting, since i had in the back of my mind if it would make a difference. The 2nd half of my cycle is usually 11 days... well, i chart, and keep track of how much we are having sex. We set a new record last cycle. We made love 17 of 26 days last month (haha, i keep track and tally it up and give him a report- we were both happy)!! (12/13 before ovulation when we are both high drive, and 5 of 13 afterwards)... we are both trying to increase things, and as he recovers from his porn addiction, it seems he has a physical need at least every day, and things just work better when we do it more. This month, my chart was strangely more normal looking than ever, 13 days before ovulation, and 13 after (and it's not been a low stress month). Might be a coincidence, but this thread came into my mind... i'm trying to see also if being generous at the low drive times, increases my sex drive from 0 to at least low during those times, as our sex famine post ovulation isn't great for either of us. Will be interesting to see if things permanently regulate.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby be64 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:25 am

Sex is supposed to raise a man's testosterone level as well so I'd suggest giving "lots of sex" a try. :D It couldn't hurt.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby txtwindad » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:49 am

I personally think the lots of sex raising a mans levels is pure bunk. Perhaps a man having very infrequent sex can raise his levels slightly. That being said, I think the body, including the hormones, works best with regular, frequent sex.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby be64 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:01 am

^^^^ It's worth a try. :D
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby FoxluvsBunny » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:24 am

i'll see about sex hormones- will be an interesting experiment since i keep track- will report if i see a pattern!... but i'm sure it regulates other hormones and neurotransmitters. when we have frequent sex, esp when in the mood, i feel so calm and happy even in more stressful situations the day after (if it's really good sex i feel like i'm kinda on this happy high... once that happened on a monday and i was like "i shouln't feel so happy right now but i do!!")... not sure about he physiology of it, but i'm sure it's related. after the orgasm feeling of freaking amazingness, i feel like i had a great workout kinda high like i just ran 10 miles (and for a workout addict/former runner it must mean something good is happening inside of me!)
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby be64 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:32 am

I find that for me intercourse gives some sort of endorphin or dopamine rush. The feeling I get even before orgasm is like some sort of addictive drug high, I just keep wanting more of it and I don't want the session to come to an end. This can go on for up to an hour or more. The only thing I can do to end this high is to move on to orgasm which is almost anticlimactic because although it feels great, it ends my sex high.
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Re: Sex & Hormone Regularity

Postby Learning1 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:40 am

SeekingChange wrote:I have been wondering if regular, frequent sex can regulate hormones?


Not my experience. My period has been every 31 days like clockwork since I was an adolescent and it still is every 31 days. No change to my cycle before or after marriage/sex.

Now that I am having sex, I am more aware of my cycle and how it impacts my sex drive, whereas prior to marriage I only tracked my cycle to ensure I had enough feminine products on hand and to plan to not be on vacation the first 1-5 days of my period.

SeekingChange wrote:If we are living an obedient, 'life of praise' life for Him, wouldn't that naturally affect us physiologically? I think there is even some Scripture backing for that.


I would answer yes and no. Our choices impact us physiologically as well as many things outside of our control.
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