Sexual dysfunction on the increase in Nigeria, says Don

A professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Ilorin, Toyin Yakubu, has disclosed that the rates of sexual dysfunction among Nigerian couples are on the increase and called for prompt government intervention to stem the tide.

Delivering a lecture yesterday at the university’s 163rd Inaugural Lecture, Yakubu, speaking on the topic, ‘Knocking Down the Barriers to Four O’Clock Activities and Reproductive Inadequacies,’ said many Nigerian men today can no longer initiate sex at the best period, said to be at dawn, due to reproductive challenges.

According to him: “Having sex first thing in the morning and a minimum of three to four times a week is not only good for love life, but also beneficial, health-wise.

“Although legitimate sex can be performed at any time of the day, the best time to have sexual intercourse is not in the dark night hours, but early in the morning, between 3am to 5am, which typically is 4am; hence the term, ‘Four O’ Clock Activity.”

He listed some of the inherent benefits of regular sex to include lowering of blood pressure and reduction of heart attack through the release of oestrogen in women and protection against heart diseases and prostate cancer; boosting of the immune system by stimulating the body’s first line of defense, immunoglobin A, against cold and fever; and regulating menstration by influencing the levels of lutenizing hormones that control menstrual period in women and promoting better sleep.

Yakubu noted: “See how couples have been saving each other’s life and imagine what is lost when couples cannot engage in regular, satisfactory sex within the context of marriage.”

Among other solutions, the lecturer urged couples and potential couples to be sensitized and not to pretend when discussing sexual matters with their partners, since such is an essential part of life.

He said there should be proper development of the country’s indigenous herbal system and utilise the development as a remedy to the health issue.

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