Always wanted to be a parent but having problems fathering children? A daily dose of sex may help boost fertility in men with DNA-damaged sperm, according to a recent study presented at a meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Amsterdam and reported on by MedicineNet.

Researchers evaluated 118 men with more than 15 percent DNA sperm damage who experienced infertility, chronic miscarriage or in vitro fertilization failure. Scientists had the men ejaculate daily for 7 consecutive days then provide sperm samples.

Results showed that 81 percent of the men experienced a reduction in DNA sperm damage. Another finding linked frequent ejaculation to a small increase in sperm movement.

For men with dreams of fatherhood, it makes sense to share the news with their female partners. “It seems safe to conclude that couples with relatively normal semen parameters should have sex daily for up to a week before the ovulation date,” said David Greening, MD, the study’s author.

The doctor indicated that the remaining 19 percent of the study’s participants had experienced an increase in DNA-damaged sperm. Greening said the reason may be because those men had another problem that was “not amenable” to the daily ejaculation theory.

The researcher cautions that more study is necessary before they can definitely conclude that couples’ pregnancy rates improved because of the participants’ daily orgasmic accomplishments.

Read more about what causes male sexual performance problems in RH’s “The Hormone War.”