Apart from your usual routine of eating a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, cutting down drinking, and smoking…did you know that masturbating more not only improves your health but reduces your risk of prostate cancer?
When it comes to lowering your risk of prostate cancer, several lifestyle changes have been shown to help.
Yet recent research has revealed that frequent sex and/or increased masturbation could reduce prostate cancer risk.
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How masturbation reduces the risk of Prostate Cancer
Study 1) Sexual factors and prostate cancer.
One study conducted by Australian researchers found that men who frequently ejaculated had a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer.
Of the 2,338 participants, men who averaged 4.6 to 7 ejaculations per week were 36% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 70 than men who ejaculated less than 2.3 times a week on average.
Furthermore, the study found no relationship between prostate cancer and the number of sex partners.
Its results contradicted those of previous studies, which have suggested that a highly active sex life could increase a man’s prostate cancer risk.
Why did this study show completely different results?
Well, the key difference is that these earlier studies defined sexual activity as sexual intercourse, whereas the latest study focused on the number of ejaculations, whether or not intercourse was involved.
Study 2) Sexual activity and prostate cancer risk in men diagnosed at a younger age.
A case-control study at the British Association of Urological Surgeons Section of Oncology has collected information from over 800 individuals regarding their sexual activity…particularly how often they masturbated.
It was revealed that frequent masturbation activity is a factor that decreases the risk of prostate cancer in older men.
While the result is inconsistent with men in their 20s, the findings point to the different effects for older men. Somehow, frequent masturbation has a protective effect on the prostate gland, indicating the benefits of masturbation.
Study 3) Ejaculation frequency and subsequent risk of prostate cancer.
An article published at the Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases also claims that based on two extensive studies, frequent ejaculation wards off prostate cancer.
In the first study, about 29,000 men between the ages of 46 and 81 reported their average number of ejaculations per month in young adulthood (ages 20–29), in mid-life (ages 40–49), and in the most recent year. The ejaculations included masturbation, sexual intercourse, nocturnal emissions.
The participants provided information on their history of ejaculation frequency in a self-administered questionnaire in 1992 and responded to follow-up questionnaires every two years to 2000.
The results found that the risk of prostate cancer may be reduced for men who ejaculate 21 times or more per month. This was compared with men who only ejaculated 4-7 times a month.
Study 4) Ejaculation Frequency and Risk of Prostate Cancer: Updated Results with an Additional Decade of Follow-up.
An 18-year Harvard study determined that the risk of prostate cancer was reduced by 20% for men who ejaculated 21 times a month, compared to men who ejaculated four to 7 times a month.
The study included 31,925 men who answered questions on ejaculation frequency on a 1992 questionnaire and followed through to 2010.
The average monthly ejaculation frequency was assessed at three time- points: age 20-29 yrs., age 40-49 yrs., and the year before questionnaire distribution.
As a result of the mass of data collected, this is one of the more promising studies.
However, there were several limitations, one being that the study relied on men to accurately report how often they ejaculated and the other being that the study included mostly white men.
Research has shown that African American have a higher risk of prostate cancer (1 in 4 chance, compared to that of a 1 in 8 chance for other men), so it is possible the more diverse population may have affected the results of the study.
A change of consensus
Previously, it was thought that regular sexual activity plays a role in the development of prostate cancer.
However, an article published in BMJ also claims that frequent ejaculation may be linked to a decreased risk of prostate cancer.
Experts from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, examined the association between ejaculation frequency and the risk of prostate cancer.
The research used historical data from various studies involving over 50,000 subjects aged 40 to 75 years from 1986.
These men responded to a series of questionnaires about their health history and known or suspected risk factors for cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Part of the questionnaire included questions about their sexual activities and the frequency of ejaculations.
Among the participants, there were only 1,449 cases of prostate cancer, and only a small percentage of the cases were seen in men who frequently ejaculate during their 40’s and 50’s. The researchers concluded that frequent ejaculation leads to a decreased risk of prostate cancer.
Renowned urologist Aaron Spitz also supports the association between masturbation and a decreased risk of prostate cancer in older men.
He claims that frequent masturbation for a guy in his later years has a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer.
What does the science say?
While further research is needed to know precisely how masturbation decreases the risk of prostate cancer, there is strong evidence of their relationship.
Besides, masturbation has other benefits that boost our well-being, relieve stress.
While it is true that there’s nothing wrong with ejaculating frequently, it is also true that excessive masturbation can become a compulsory behavior, and in these cases, especially when it is affecting relationships, it becomes a serious concern that should be addressed with psychotherapy.
Although some studies showed variations in results and did have some limitations, overall, it appears that regular sexual activity and masturbation may have a positive effect on prostate health.
What are the side effects of prostate cancer on your sex life?
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or are worried about your risk, you may be wondering how it could affect your sex life.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located below your bladder and wraps around part of your urethra. It is responsible for making fluid in semen, which helps transport your sperm when you ejaculate.
Prostate cancer rarely causes problems with sex, but the treatments for prostate cancer often affect penile function and reproduction.
Commonly used treatments such as prostate surgery, radiation, and hormone therapy remove or destroy cancer, can all result in sexual side effects. This can include erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, having an orgasm, sperm count/ quality, and fertility.
For many men, sexual dysfunction can result in performance anxiety and low self-esteem.
If you are feeling anxious or depressed, it is essential to communicate your feelings, thoughts and needs to your doctor and your partner. It may be embarrassing to talk about sex, but there are a variety of medications and procedures they can use to help you.
How can I improve my sexual health?
Sexual health is a topic that can often get skirted around, yet many men experience sexual health problems. More than 30 million men in the United States have erectile dysfunction (ED).
A healthy sex life offers many health benefits and as discussed, could reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer.
However, as men age, it is typical for levels of testosterone to decline and for libido to decrease. Many will resort to Viagra and other drugs, but these drugs can cause many unpleasant side effects, as well as dependence.
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