Ever needed an excuse to ramp up your masturbation efforts? This might be it.
During this year’s annual meeting of the American Urological Association, researchers suggested that they have found one factor that could reduce the chances of contracting prostate cancer: frequent orgasms.
The conclusion stems from findings of a recent study published by Harvard Medical School. Male participants (aged 20-29 & 40-49) were asked to disclose how many times they jizz each month – how the hell they remembered that figure I will never know! Nevertheless, an average number of times that participants shoot their load in a month was established and compared to prevalence of the disease.
Results demonstrated that participants who ejaculated at least 21 times monthly reduced their chance of getting prostate cancer by 20%. This was compared to the men who only achieved orgasm an average of 7 times a month – they need to get out more.
These findings are backed up by previous studies which found that orgasms can result in a number of health benefits. Climaxing causes a release of hormones such as oxytocin and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Oxytocin has been proven to lower blood pressure in women and DHEA has been suggested to reduce the chance of breast and cervical cancer.
So should we all log into Pornhub and start ordering tissues in bulk directly from the supplier? Maybe not: although these findings demonstrate that orgasms can play a role in reducing the risk of prostate cancer it is only one factor. Other research suggests that more important risk factors include genetic predisposition and family history.
Most people know at least one person who is affected by cancer; donations to Cancer Research UK are always welcome.