Patients with kidney stones are advised to do the 'horizontal mambo' at least three times a week to get rid of stones in the kidney or urinary tract. Turkish scientists found that men who have sex three to four times a week have more chances of instinctively discharging the stones via urination.
Researchers from the Ankara Training and Research Hospital, in Ankara, Turkey, divided 75 male participants into groups. The first group was advised to complete the recommended thrice a week intercourse with their partners. The second group was given a drug named Tamsulosin, formulated to improve urination. The third group received the typical treatment for the medical condition.
"Our results have indicated that patients who have distal ureteral stones smaller than 6mm - and a sexual partner - may be advised to have sexual intercourse 3 to 4 times a week to increase the probability of spontaneous passage of the stones," the researchers wrote.
After two weeks, 26 out of 31 men in group one were able to release the kidney stones spontaneously. Scientists cite the relaxed ureter muscles post-orgasm as the scientific reason for the involuntary discharge of the stones. Ten out of 21 participants in the second group were able to the same. Lastly, only eight out of 23 participants in group three were successful in passing the stones. The stone sizes vary per participant but the average size expelled measured approximately 0.2 inches. The research was published in the Urology journal in Jul. 2015.
Attempting to pass the stones out through urination can be very painful. Stones can get wedged in the ureter or lodged in the kidneys and may lead to infection. Kidney stones are widespread among men, who are usually more prone to dehydration caused by physical toll. Dehydration enhances mineral concentration and therefore results in the formation of kidney stones. High uric acid levels can also increase the risk of developing kidney stones. In addition, high-protein diets have been known to spike uric acid levels.
Smaller stones measuring less than an inch in diameter can be passed out through urination with the help of medication. However, for stones larger than an inch, patients often undergo surgery.