Male masturbation is often an essential joke in men’s comedies, but a new scientific study has something very serious to say about men’s favorite activity in the shower: masturbating often could significantly reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
And how often is “frequently”? According to a recent study by Harvard University, men who ejaculate 21 times or more a month could be reducing by 33% the chances of avoiding this condition.
To arrive at these conclusions, the researchers surveyed 31,925 men through a questionnaire that asked them questions about the frequency with which they masturbated. The research team followed the participants for 18 years and recorded all cases of prostate cancer that arose in that period. All men were evaluated three times: one year before completing the questionnaire, a second time when they were still between 20 and 30 years old and, finally, when they were between 40 and 50 years old.
The conclusions? The higher the frequency of masturbation, the less chance of developing prostate cancer.
Certainly, it is not the first study to discover that having orgasms often helps keep the reproductive system healthy, but it is the first with real results focused exclusively on one sex.
Despite this study and other research, experts still do not know why orgasms are fundamental to health. Many physicians, including Ian Kerner, psychotherapist and sexuality counselor, think that ejaculation could serve to purge toxins and harmful bacteria that, if not expelled, would accumulate in the prostate.
But masturbation is not the only way to purge, according to Ian Kerner: “It does not make any difference to ejaculate through masturbation or through sex, so turning sex into a priority also serves, for all intents and purposes.”
In addition to the purge that occurs in ejaculation, Ian Kerner explains that masturbation has other benefits, since it is also a way to feel pleasure and relax: “It is a form of self-care. Masturbation is also a mechanism of healthy distraction and a natural way of controlling anxiety. “
Obviously, masturbating 21 times a month does not guarantee you avoid prostate cancer. Ian Kerner also recommends a diet based on vegetables and fish rich in omega-3 and “consume red foods such as tomato, rich in lycopene, and products with soy, which contain isoflavones.” It also advises to undergo frequent medical check-ups that include prostate exams and incorporate some exercise into the routine.