Most people believe it is best to stay away from your partner when you come down with the common cold or flu. And that makes sense considering engaging in such an activity with the cold doesn't sound very appealing, and you don't want to get your partner sick either.
But apparently, scientists have recently proven that it is actually better for partners to be intimate with each other when one or both people are sick.
Swiss researcher Manfred Schedlovski says the physical activity of sex not only has a positive effect on the overall physical condition of both partners but also on their immune systems.
The reason? Cells called phagocytes that help the body rid itself of various ailments. Schedlovski found in his experiments that during and after sex, the number of phagocytes increases significantly, often doubling. This in turn enables these cells to detect and destroy antibodies more quickly which can drastically shorten the recovery time.
Further research is being conducted but his theory is gaining support among his colleagues including immunologist Peter Schleicher who shared the initial hypothesis in an interview.