According to a recent study, frequent ejaculation, at the rate of almost one a day, could reduce a man’s risk for prostate cancer.
Researchers claim that while ejaculation and orgasm provides pleasure during sex, it may also reduce the risk for prostate cancer. It also provides a number of health benefits such as a boost in your immunity, better sleep, and can even protect against heart disease.
According to Dr. David Samadi at the David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center in New York, “Prior research shows a link between the benefits of sex and prostate cancer. This research adds to the evidence that ejaculation frequency, not the number of sexual partners, is the key factor in reducing prostate cancer risk.”
The study was carried out by scientists at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital. What they found was that if a male ejaculates at least once a day, he likelihood of developing prostate cancer are very low.
The study data showed that the participants with frequent ejaculation, with more than 21 times a month, were at a 22 percent lower risk of getting the disease.
As for how men achieved frequent ejaculation, it is not a requirement to have a sex partner. Whether it be sexual intercourse, nocturnal emission, or masturbation, all are beneficial.
According to Jennifer Rider of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, while the new data on the potential benefit of orgasm and the reduced risk of developing prostate cancer are so far the most compelling, the data is still just observational and should be taken cautiously. “At the same time, given the lack of modifiable risk factors for prostate cancer, the results of this study are particularly encouraging,” said Rider.
The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland situated below the urinary bladder. It produces semen and its development depends on testosterone, a male sex hormone. Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland undergo uncontrolled growth and become malignant, forming a lump and invading surrounding tissue such as the seminal vesicles and bladder neck. Prostate cancer is the third most common cancer among men in Singapore.
Many elderly men are affected by small prostate cancers which do not cause any symptoms and are clinically insignificant. However, prostate cancer may spread through the lymphatic system to other parts of the body such as the lungs. It can also spread to lymph glands in the pelvis or to the backbone.