A new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that women who use contraception are having more sex than women who don't, NPR reports.
The study had 210,000 women in low- and middle-income countries fill out surveys since 2005 and found that 90 percent of women who used contraception had sex in the last four weeks, compared with the 72 percent of women who didn't use contraception.
Suzanne Bell, MPH, a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who worked on the study, said that while some countries were having more sex than others in general, there wasn't a single country wherein women who didn't use contraception were having more sex than those who did.
Bell says it could just boil down to the obvious fact that contraception "can separate sex from unwanted pregnancy," but she's not sure if it's that simple, adding that some women might opt to forego contraception because they experienced negative side effects with it, or they could have a partner who doesn't want them to use birth control. She also wondered if the women who weren't using contraception were truly aware of their likelihood of getting pregnant, since she says that even in the U.S., many women don't think their chances of skipping contraception and getting pregnant are very high.
Overall, Bell said more research is necessary before we can all firmly declare that "contraception = more sex," but if the research ultimately leads to that conclusion, I doubt a lot of people would be too mad about it.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.