Musa Oluwatoyin Yakubu is a professor of Life Sciences at the University of Ilorin and he recently talked about the science of ‘love-making’. Olubayo Abiodun writes on why this varsity Don is the most searched Unilorin lecturer on Google
WHAT is the connection between early morning sex, the wellness of the heart and blood pressure? Professor Musa Oluwatoyin Yakubu of the Department of BioChemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Ilorin, in the 163rd Inaugural lecture of the citadel of learning highlights the nexus between early morning intercourse and a stronger ties between couples, reproductive health, a good heart and sound health.
The title of his presentation: “Knocking Down the Barriers to four O’ Clock Activities and Reproductive Inadequacies,” inspired a mixed audience of both his immediate academic community and the literate society at large to converge inside the Senate Auditorium to listen to the innate erudition and scholarly research that would unlock fresh insights in sexual relationship. At forty-five years, he was probably one of the youngest to mount the podium in the history of the University of Ilorin for the prestigious inaugural lecture. The topic of his research work was a curious one that attracted great attendance by both sexes determined to ‘knock down the barriers to four O’ clock and reproductive inadequacies’. “It is the 2nd from the newly created Faculty of Life Sciences and the 7th from the Department of Biochemistry, coming barely six months after my appointment as Professor of Biochemistry,” Yakubu said of the inaugural lecture.
Two encounters were very instructive to Yakubu while reflecting on what would be the topic of his Ph.D. in 2003. A hawker of sugarcane like-plant which a Hausa seller was hawking as an alternative substance for aphrodisiac strength inspired him. He received further incentive to pursue his interest in another encounter at a cyber café where he saw two adults, in the next cubicle, browsing pornographic sites while he was waiting for the Internet to respond for him. The two instances inspired him to further studies in sexuality and reproduction. Even after the completion of his Ph.D. in 2006 some of his findings fired him up for continued passion for research on options that are easily available with reduced adverse effects that will knock down the barriers of four O’clock activities and reproductive inadequacies.
Yakubu, who is Google’s most cited scholar in the University of Ilorin did not journey far in his presentation before connecting the attentive audience to the central core of his research on reproductive health. But he first established a clear template on what Biochemistry is all about. According to him, “Biochemistry may be viewed as the application of Chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular levels. Although, Biochemistry is a laboratory-based science that brings together Biology and Chemistry, Biochemists (people that study the chemical and physical principles of living organisms) are not 2-in-1 individuals that specialise in the teaching of Biology and Chemistry as separate subjects. Biochemistry has consequently become the basis for the understanding of all biological processes. It provides explanations for the causes and management of many diseases in humans, animals and plants.”
He surmised that Biochemistry has consequently become the basis for the understanding of all biological processes. It provides explanations for the causes and management of many diseases in humans, animals and plants. He stressed further that the science of Biochemistry has enjoyed development so much so that today, there are various distinct subject areas that have been established going by several researches and the authorities cited inclusive of the work carried out by Akanji in 2002. “Some of these distinct interconnected areas are Reproductive Biochemistry and Biochemical Toxicology where I have devoted my energy and research for the past 17 years since joining University of Ilorin as an Assistant Lecturer in 1999,” he said.
He did not leave his audience in doubt that his choice of specialisation in the field of BioChemistry was a childhood hankering. “I had always craved to read Medicine and specialise in Gynaecology and Obstetrics simply because people will always get married and the resulting pregnancy(ies) will require some kind of medical management (antenatal care).” Though, he was unable to study Medicine which was his initial passion, but after settling down to study Biochemistry “I still remain committed to the course of Reproductive Health. My venture into the areas of Reproductive Biochemistry and Biochemical Toxicology was by design.”
He provided a basic definition that helps the audience connect with the understanding of the fundamentals of his professional passion. “Reproductive Biochemistry is the application of Chemistry to the study of biological processes of reproduction at the cellular and molecular levels. These biological processes include gametogenesis (formation of gametes), fertilization, embryo development, pregnancy, sexual differentiation (process by which the male and female sexual organs develop), and mechanisms by which the reproductive organs develop, differentiate, age and incur disease. Research in Reproductive Biochemistry has broad applications in Public Health, Medicine (including Veterinary Medicine), Agriculture and Animal Science,” he said. The other aspect of it: Biochemical Toxicology, as he attempted to put it in perspective “is however, the scientific study of adverse effects of chemical compounds/agents on living organisms. These substances may produce toxic effects such as disturbance in growth patterns, discomfort, disease, organ dysfunction and even death.”
Having laid the vital nodes that connecting the essential aspects of his field of professional study in Biochemistry, Yakubu regaled his audience with some basic facts in reproductive procedures. Though it might seem routine and essentially an easy task, he noted, however, that along the process of producing children, “one of the stages might be hampered with making it difficult to undertake satisfactory four O’clock activities (morning sex) that will result in reproduction (multiplication). It is in this interesting area of knocking down the barriers by seeking complementary and alternative means to the orthodox approaches that I wish to address you today.” He acknowledged that “Four O’clock activity denotes early morning sex or early morning penile-vaginal intercourse. Although, legitimate sex can be performed at any time of the day, the best time to have sexual intercourse is not in the dark night hours but early in the morning between 3am to 5am which typically is 4am, hence the term, Four O’Clock Activity. Citing the previous work of sex therapist Geraldine Myers, “during this period, testosterone levels are highest in men and women. The elevated levels of testosterone is a prerequisite for love making, couples are horniest first thing in the morning and are most likely to reach orgasm at this period.”
He stressed that any marriage in which the man cannot enjoy sexual intercourse or satisfy his wife in bed and vice-versa is a dead marriage. According to him, having sex first thing in the morning and a minimum of three to four times a week is not only good for love life, but also beneficial health-wise. Yakubu itemised the benefits of sex as including:
Lowering of blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack by releasing oestrogen in women and protecting against heart diseases and prostate cancer;
Boosting of the immune system by stimulating the body’s first line of defense, immunoglobulin A, against cold and fever;
Regulating mensturation by influencing the levels of lutenizing hormones that controls menstrual period in women and promoting better sleep;
Releasing the feel-good chemical, oxytocin, that enhances closeness with one’s partner and makes people happier for a longer period of time; and
Reducing weight (lovemaking of about 20 minutes reduces 150 calories).
With such benefits, Yakubu expressed greater conviction that couples have been saving each other’s life and he could not imagine “what is lost when couples cannot engage in regular, satisfactory sex within the context of marriage.” He surmised that “Sex is the greatest invention of all time; not has sexual reproduction facilitated the evolution of higher life forms, it has had a profound influence on human history, culture and society.”
Sexual function is how the body reacts to the different stages of the sexual response cycle. The components of sexual function include libido/sexual desire (biological need for sexual activity pleasure), erection/genital congestion (firm, enlarged state of the penis, clitoris and nipple), ejaculation/lubrication (expulsion of semen/wetting of vagina), orgasm (climax (apex) of sexual excitement) and detumescence/resolution (return of the erect organ to flaccid state). The human sexual response cycle which is the sequence of physical and emotional changes that occur as a person becomes sexually aroused and participates in sexually stimulating activities include four distinct phases of excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
Sexual dysfunction refers to any problem that prevents individuals or couples from wanting or enjoying sexual intercourse. Although, it occurs in both men (male sexual dysfunction, MSD) and women (female sexual dysfunction, FSD), it is a topic that many people are hesitant or embarrassed to discuss. It interferes negatively with a full sexual response cycle and takes a heavy psychological toll, bringing on depression, anxiety, and debilitating feelings of inadequacy.
Yakubu has thus far carried out a number of researches in several unorthodox treatment procedures for dealing with barriers to sexual and reproductive inadequacies. Many of his works have become subjects of further researches, while some have also facilitated useful templates in Pharmacology/Pharmaceutical productions.