Regular Sex Can Help Women Pass Kidney Stones

A study found that having sex three to four times per week might do the trick

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Kidney stones are ... not super sexy. But sex can still help.
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We know that (safe, protected sex with a condom) can be good for you and provide a variety of health benefits both mental and physical. Apparently, according to a new study, that also includes helping to pass kidney stones.

A new study, published last month in the journal International Urology and Nephrology, found that regular sex seems to help women pass kidney stones. To conduct the study, researchers divided 70 female patients into two groups. Group one was advised to have sex three to four times per week, while patients in the second group were told not to have sex or masturbate. After four weeks, the researchers compared the kidney stone expulsion rate for each group, ultimately finding that the participants having regular sex passed more stones.

Having sex at least three or four times a week, “seem[s] to increase the spontaneous passage for distal or intramural ureteral stones in women,” the study authors concluded. Meanwhile, frequent sexual intercourse also appeared to reduce patients’ need for painkillers, the study found.

These results echo a similar study from five years ago that also found frequent sexual intercourse can aid in the passage of kidney stones. In that study, which appeared in the journal Urology in 2015, researchers concluded that “patients who have distal ureteral stones ≤6 mm and a sexual partner may be advised to have sexual intercourse 3-4 times a week to increase the probability of spontaneous passage of the stones.”

Anyway, not really the sexiest thing sex can do for you, but good to know I guess!

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