A doctor on TikTok has taken the internet by storm by claiming that indulging in sexual activities regularly boosts your immune system by as much as 30 percent.
Dr. Faith Coats, who also runs a health and wellness blog, has been gaining views on TikTok and Instagram after she made a video about how sex can help boost your immune system.
Coats go by the handle @faithfuldoc on all social media platforms. She has been making videos that endorse or disregard different myths. However, one particular video she made recently has been making rounds on the internet.
Coats had posed a question about the role that orgasms and feeling aroused can play in your general health. The video captioned:
"True or false: arousal and orgasm help you not get sick?"
This video was shared on the platform to her 618,000 followers, saying: "More doctors should recommend it."
In the video, Coats stated facts revealing that the idea was actually true, explaining: "True! 'Getting down' 1-2 times a week improves your immune system by 30%.
She also said,
"Tell them it's doctor's orders."
Note that TikTok videos aren't usually able to offer up the same levels of detail as, say, an in-depth scientific paper, but this certainly sounds like the sort of medical advice many of you will at least hope is legit. However, since coats was not able to give a lot of information about the fact, make sure you do your research before you start believing it.
Although there is not a lot of evidence backing Dr. Coats claims, a 1999 article from NewScientist outlined a study from psychologists in Pennsylvania, which showed that 'people who have sex once or twice a week get a boost in their immune systems.
Experts were able to evaluate the strength of immune systems by measuring levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) - an antigen found in saliva and mucosal linings - which Carl Charnetski, of
Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre said is 'the first line of defense against colds and flu'. Charnetski and his colleague Frank Brennan asked 111 Wilkes undergraduates aged 16 to 23 how frequently they'd had sex over the previous month. They measured levels of IgA in the volunteers' saliva, with the results showing that those who had sex less than once a week had a tiny increase in IgA over those who had abstained completely.
Those who had one or two weekly sexual encounters, meanwhile, had a 30 percent rise in levels of the antigen.
Clifford Lowell, an immunologist at the University of California at San Francisco, said,
“The high level of IgA in volunteers who had moderately frequent sex was easy to understand. Sexually active people may be exposed to many more infectious agents than sexually non-active people. The immune system would respond to these foreign antigens by producing and releasing more IgA.”
However, it's all about striking the right balance. The study also concluded that people who had frequent sex - three times a week or more - had lower IgA levels than the abstainers.
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