In some cases, low sperm count can be the source of the problem and can sometimes be corrected by reducing the number of ejaculations in order to ensure that each release of sperm contains the maximum number of sperm possible.
Quality, Not Quantity
A study conducted in 2007 by Dr. David Greening, an expert in the field of in vitro fertilization, demonstrated that men suffering from low-quality sperm due to DNA damage experienced a 12% improvement in their sperm quality by engaging in daily sexual relations before they provided a specimen for the procedure. Greening speculated that abstaining from sex may increase the amount of DNA damage due to the presence of free radicals that degrade the quality of sperm over time. Regular ejaculation essentially “clears the pipes” of older, more damaged sperm to allow fresh, less damaged sperm to be released, increasing the chances of conception.
Low Sperm Counts
For men suffering from low sperm counts, the traditional advice still applies. Sex every two to three days allows sperm quantity to build up and increases the likelihood that conception will occur from a specific instance of sexual intercourse. This is also true for couples in the process of in vitro fertilization; by abstaining for a few days prior to providing sperm for the procedure, men can increase the quantity of sperm produced and increase the chances of conception.
Fertile Couples Can Benefit
Couples with no fertility issues can also benefit from daily intercourse; the improvements in sperm quality are not restricted to those with DNA damage to sperm. The advantages to the couple are significant as well, since the closeness and affection that are demonstrated during sex can help to improve health and increase the bond between the couple. Additionally, daily sex offers the best chance for ensuring that intercourse occurs during the period just after ovulation when women are most likely to conceive.
While other medical benefits of regular intercourse are largely speculative, the evidence is increasing that daily intercourse can significantly improve the chances for couples seeking to conceive. This is especially true in cases of low sperm quality, since regular sex can help remove more damaged sperm and allow fresh, healthy sperm to predominate both for in vitro fertilization and for natural conception.