Report finds too much sex 'can make you sterile'
While countless clinical studies around the world show that an active sex life contributes to the average person's well-being and health, one prominent Chinese doctor is warning it can lead to sterility.
Li Bing, a senior gynaecologist at the Guangzhou Number 2 People's Hospital in southern Guangdong province, believes that sex among teenagers may contribute to increasing sterility among young Chinese women, the China Daily reported.
Li claims that because more young women are having sex in China's increasingly open society it is leading to greater pregnancy rates, which in turn results in more abortions.
Young women who have an abortion in their teens usually suffer physically and mentally, which can result in sterility when they grow up, Li said.
Health experts widely acknowledge that patients who undergo repeated abortions can become sterile.
According to a recent study cited by the newspaper, more than one-third of the cases of sterility found in the province were among women connected with abortions.
The report did not provide ages of the women nor the number of abortions they had, but Li said females under 18 now accounted for more than 7 per cent of the total number of women seeking abortions in Guangzhou.
At the same time, another recent survey claimed that more than 20 per cent of couples in Guangzhou were suffering from sterility and the trend was growing, the paper said.
Women are not the only group at risk, Li said.
Too much sex or masturbation at an early age may be behind a sterility "trend" among ever younger males in Guangdong, Li added.
The youngest man found to be having sexual difficulties was 19.
It was unclear whether the man had been masturbating and/or having sex too often but Li said this may have led to his impotency.
In previous years, the report said, most men diagnosed with similar symptoms were more than 30 years old.
About 30 per cent of men in Guangdong also suffered impotence or premature ejaculation, the paper said.
According to numerous international studies, premature ejaculation is a psychologically related sexual dysfunction primarily found in males aged 18 to 30.
Some 30 to 70 per cent of males encounter the problem at some time during their sexual lives.