Adding to a lot of people’s (men especially) excitement, a new finding says that the more the intercourse, less the chances of erectile dysfunction (ED). Looks like too much of a good thing is at times great for health!

Couple in bed

989 men belonging to the age group 55 to 75 years, from Pirkanmaa, Finland were studied where in the condition of ED was found to be common in men reporting intercourse less than once per week at baseline. The results were obtained by comparing men who had intercourse less than once per week to the men who had intercourse atleast once a week.It has been noted that the men in the former case are twice more likely to develop erectile dysfunction.

The study also analysed factors like age, chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease and depression, the body mass index, smoking history; most often the reasons behind developing ED.

Out of the 1000 cases of men, researchers noted that the condition of ED was least in 16 cases of men who had intercourse 3 times or more per week. Meanwhile, as much as 79 out of 1000 who had intercourse less than once a week were the most likely sufferers of ED and the chances of ED dropped in 39 men who had intercourse more than once week.

Juha Koskimäki, MD, PhD, Tampere University Hospital, Department of Urology, Tampere, Finland, states; “Regular intercourse has an important role in preserving erectile function among elderly men, whereas morning erection does not exert a similar effect. Continued sexual activity decreases the incidence of erectile dysfunction in direct proportion to coital frequency.”

The frequency of morning erections also determined the incidence of erectile dysfunction. The ones who had less than 1 morning erection per week were 2.5 times more likely to have the condition of ED than the ones who had 2 to 3 morning erections per week.