Opinions have long been divided about the optimum boning frequency for couples hoping to procreate. But science now says that Kimye’s estimated 500 times a day was off by around 498. The magical equation is two times within an hour, according to a new study.
The study, conducted by the North Middlesex Hospital in London, debunks the theory that men can use up all their good sperm in the first round. Not only did researchers find that this is simply not true, but that your second fleet of sperm is actually the most mighty, reports the Daily Mail.
Seventy-three couples undergoing intrauterine insemination (IUI) were recruited for the study. IUI is a fertility treatment where sperm is placed directly into the womb, and usually has only a 6 percent success rate with sperm from a male classed as sub-fertile, as were all the males in this study. However, when researchers used a second sperm sample produced within the hour, the success rate tripled to 20 percent. This is compared with 24 percent using in vitro fertilization (IVF,) a more expensive fertility treatment that involves giving women drugs that cause the production of multiple eggs before injecting each egg with a single sperm. This finding could also be useful for couples hoping to conceive without the help of fertility treatment.
Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown, a specialist in human reproductive science at the University of Birmingham, says that the new results disprove the conventional wisdom that men should abstain from sex before trying for a baby. “There is a great deal of misinformation out there,” he said. “People still think that if you want to have a baby, you should save up sperm when, in fact, not having sex is very bad for men because it affects sperm quality. The fresher the sperm, the better its condition.” Think of it less like a fine Bordeaux and more like a fun Beaujolais Nouveau. It’s a waste to let it just sit there.
This study stopped the potency testing at two, so we’re not sure if having sex three times an hour turns your sperm supersonic or just inefficient. Even if it’s the latter, there’s no harm in, well, coming to this conclusion from your own experiments.