Fruits, vegetables and folic acid supplements have all been recommended in pregnancy for the role they have in ensuring fetal and maternal health.
However, in addition to this, it appears that semen could soon be prescribed to pregnant women. Researchers in the Netherlands have reported that semen could promote maternal immunity in pregnancy.
They arrived at this conclusion after comparing women’s oral sex habit where they discovered that women who suffered recurrent miscarriages performed less fellatio.
Women who regularly give their male partner oral sex may be less likely to suffer recurrent miscarriages, scientists claim.
They believe that consuming semen most likely makes the fetus grow more healthily as it strengthens the pregnant woman’s immune system.
This could possibly be because it contains hormones and proteins from the man’s body which might contribute to the build-up of tolerance in the woman.
Although vaginal exposure to semen through unprotected sex might play an important role while trying to conceive, semen may be better absorbed in the gut.
This hypothesis was tested by Researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center by comparing the pregnancy history and oral sex habits of 234 women. While, they noted that the study was indeed small, they believe the results are significantly enough to suggest a connection between oral sex habit and pregnancy history. Hence, more research is needed though. The study did not provide any evidence that consuming sperm was responsible for the lower miscarriage rate in women.
Miscarriage occurs in at least one in six pregnancies
One in six pregnancies ends up in a miscarriage when a woman knows that she is pregnant, and even more among those that do not know that they are pregnant. The main symptoms are bleeding from the vagina, which may be accompanied by lower abdominal pain.
If a miscarriage happens in the second trimester – between weeks 14 and 26 – it may be a sign of an underlying problem. Although proper maternal care reduces the risk, most miscarriages are unavoidable. They can, however, go on to have successful pregnancies.
Recurrent miscarriages are however less common
The term recurrent miscarriage is used to refer to a condition where a woman experiences three or more miscarriages (loss of a fetus in the first 23 weeks of intrauterine life) in a row. This is believed to affect one in 100 women in the United Kingdom with a possibility of genetic or hormonal problems or infections being the trigger.
In their study, the scientists found the women having regular miscarriages were having significantly less fellatio with their partners.
While 73 per cent of women in the non-miscarriage group regularly practised oral sex, only 57 per cent of those in the miscarriage group did. Hence, the researches noted that oral exposure to seminal fluid seemed to have a positive influence on the outcome of pregnancy.
“Our results suggest an association between less oral sex and the occurrence of recurrent miscarriage.” They said as published in the Journal of Reproductive Immunology.
The explanation given is that the mother’s body is made to tolerate substances from the man’s body and by extension, the baby who has taken half of his DNA from the father. The mother’s immune system is less likely to reject the baby and lead to its death.