Sexual frequency and salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA)

Psychol Rep. 2004 Jun;94(3 Pt 1):839-44. doi: 10.2466/pr0.94.3.839-844.


112 college students reported the frequency of their sexual encounters and were divided into four categories: none, infrequent (less than once a week), frequent (one to two times per week), and very frequent (three or more times per week). Participants also described their overall sexual satisfaction. Saliva samples were collected and assayed for salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA). Individuals in the frequent group showed significantly higher levels of IgA than the other three groups, which were comparable. Data on length of relationship and sexual satisfaction were not related to the group differences.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin A / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Periodicity*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Saliva / metabolism*
  • Sexual Behavior / physiology*


  • Immunoglobulin A