We have some great news for men who love orgasms!
New research from Harvard Medical School has found that regular orgasms can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by up to 20%, but researchers did not explain why orgasms could lower prostate cancer risk.
There are two dueling theories as to why orgasms reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men. One is that regular orgasms may flush out cancer-causing chemicals in the prostate. The other is that if sperm is regularly cleaned out to allow new cells to develop, it helps stop the build-up of old cells that might be more likely to turn cancerous.
The prostate is a small satsuma-sized gland located between a man’s penis and his bladder, whose main function is to produce a thick white fluid that is mixed with the sperm produced by the testicles, to create semen.
Researchers found that men between the ages of 40-49 who ejaculated 21 or more times a month, reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 22%.
Men were asked about their average monthly frequency of ejaculation between the ages of 20 to 29, 40 to 49, and in 1991, the year prior to the questionnaire.
They found that the more frequently a man ejaculated throughout his life, the lower his risk of prostate cancer at all three of these points in time.
This was the case even when they adjusted their results to take factors such as diet, lifestyle and a history of prostate cancer screening into account.
Dr Jennifer Rider, of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said the results are ‘particularly encouraging’ but should be interpreted with caution.
“While these data are the most compelling to date on the potential benefit of ejaculation on prostate cancer development, they are observational data and should be interpreted somewhat cautiously. At the same time, given the lack of modifiable risk factors for prostate cancer, the results of this study are particularly encouraging,” she added.
Researchers at the University of Montreal found that men who slept with more than twenty women were a third less likely to develop the disease, 28 per cent less. They also found that celibacy doubles the risk of the disease.
So remember, “an orgasm a day keeps the prostate cancer away!”