Does sperm quality decrease with abstinence?
My husband and I rarely get a chance to DTD because we have two young children. We really want to add a third, though!! I’ve heard that if you don’t have sex often enough, the sperm quality goes down. Is this true?
While it may sound like a ploy by husbands to get wives to “do the deed” more often, there is actually some truth to it. Fertility specialists often recommend that men with low sperm counts only DTD every other day for optimal sperm health. So why isn’t a longer interval of abstinence even better? If waiting one day helps sperm, waiting 20 days should make for super sperm, right? Eh… not so much.
that explains it better than I can…
Basically, it’s worth it to try to DTD once a week or so, even when you aren’t fertile, just to keep the sperm in good shape. Not to mention, it’s good for your marriage too. But, if prolonged abstinence is unavoidable (due to a partner being away on business, for example) encourage your husband to, um, “handle things” himself.