Can Ejaculating More Often Protect Men From Prostate Cancer?

Can Ejaculating More Often Protect Men From Prostate Cancer?

It could be true. A study conducted by a team at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston led by Jennifer Rider has found that men who ejaculate often may have a lower risk of prostate cancer when compared with those who aren’t active as frequently.

According to Retuers.com, researchers followed about 32,000 men starting in 1992 and continuing through 2010.

What they found was that men who ejaculated at least 21 times a month in their 20s were 19 percent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than men who ejaculated less than eights times a month.

In addition, men who ejaculated more often in their 40s were 22 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer.

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But whether ejaculating more frequently is actually something that helps to prevent getting prostate cancer, is debatable.

Even lead author, Rider, commented on this.  Some of the men who were participants didn’t develop prostate cancer because they developed other complications first and died of something else, during the study.

These men tended to ejaculate less frequently than others because of health problems that may have made it difficult for them to do so.

In addition, the association between ejaculation frequency and cancer comes up most often when looking at data representing men who don’t have symptoms of prostate tumors and who are generally at a low-risk for these malignancies, says Dr. Behfar Ehdaie, a urology specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York who wasn’t involved in the study.

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In other words, men who ejaculate frequently might be able to do so because,  they generally have better overall health.

These men may already have a healthier diet, be at a normal weight and may be more active than those who have a lower rate of monthly ejaculation. It could be these other lifestyle factors that result in a lower rate of prostate cancer in this group, and frequent ejaculation may not be a direct deterrent to developing prostate cancer.

Final comments? “I do not think we need to tell men `if you don’t use it, you lose it,’” Dr. John Gore, a urology researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle said to Reuters.com.

“If lower ejaculation frequency prompts a man to schedule a visit with a primary care provider or specialist, and that visit serves to examine and promote preventive care and wellness, then that would be a successful application of the results of this study.”

The lesson learned here seems to be a good dose of what we all already know: visit your doctor for regular check-ups, eat a healthy diet, exercise frequently and have an active and safe sex life even as you age, if possible.

On the flip side, it never hurt to use this data as encouragement for your partner to get off Facebook and stop meddling in the garden so much on an empty Saturday afternoon, in order to hit the sheets. Or the counter top. You could think of it as that little dose of medicine from the love doctor-why not.

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