Sydney : Researchers have discovered an association between sexual activity and a disease that results in women’s painful periods, pelvic pain and difficulty in conceiving, reports IANS.
The study found a link between contact with seminal fluid and the development of endometriosis, affects about 10 percent women in the reproductive age.
“In laboratory studies, our research found that seminal fluid (a major component of semen) enhances the survival and growth of endometriosis lesions,” said co-lead author Jonathan McGuane from the University of Adelaide in Australia.
Endometriosis — a condition when tissue that normally grows inside a women’s uterus grows outside the uterus — affects one in ten reproductive-aged women.
The condition’s symptoms vary but include painful periods, pelvic pain, and women with endometriosis may have difficulty conceiving, associate professor Louise Hull from the University of Adelaide, pointed out.
“This is an important finding and raises the possibility that exposure of the endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus) to seminal fluid may contribute to the progression of the disease in women,” she noted.
The researchers said more study is needed to uncover what this means for the relationship between endometriosis and sexual activity.