It’s in the name of science that men now have the best excuse to regularly get laid and it has everything to do with a healthy prostate.
According to a Harvard Health study, ejaculating frequently can reduce prostate cancer risks. And all the better if it’s as many as 21 times monthly. Whether during sex, masturbation, or while sleeping, it can reduce men’s risk of prostate tumors.
A 2016 Harvard study got a bit more specific on what the researchers mean by “frequently.” The researchers surveyed 32,000 men from 1992 to 2010. The study found that participants who reported ejaculating at least 21 times a month during their 20s were 19% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ejaculated seven times per month or less. If you’re in your 40s, there’s even better news: frequent ejaculation reduces your prostate cancer risk by 22%.
This study wasn’t the first to make the connection, though. An Australian study examined 2,338 men. The study found that men who averaged 4.6 to 7 ejaculations a 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.
There’s no set number of times a person should ejaculate to reduce their risk of prostate cancer. Science suggests a dose-dependent relationship, where the risk becomes lower the more frequently a person ejaculates.
There’s an established relationship between ejaculation and the risk of prostate tumors. However, researchers still don’t know why the two are linked.
According to the lead author of the Harvard study, Jennifer Rider, she had a theory about the connection. Here’s what she told Reuters: “Ejaculation frequency is, to some extent, a measure of overall health status in that men at the very low end of ejaculation—zero to three times per month—were more likely to have other [medical problems] and die prematurely from causes other than prostate cancer.”