Researchers followed about 32,000 men starting in 1992 when they were in their 20s and continuing through to 2010. During this period, almost 4,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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 no more than seven times a month, the study found. When in their 40s, men who blew their load more often were 22 percent less likely to get a prostate cancer diagnosis.
“Ejaculation frequency is, to some extent, a measure of overall health status in that men at the very low end of ejaculation – 0 to 3 times per month – were more likely to have other (medical problems) and die prematurely from causes other than prostate cancer,” said lead study author Jennifer Rider.
Rider hypothesized that those who cum more are just healthier overall, saying “the results of our study suggest that ejaculation and safe sexual activity throughout adulthood could be a beneficial strategy for reducing the risk of prostate cancer.”
Prostate cancer accounts for 15 percent of all new cancer diagnoses worldwide, the researchers note in the journal of European Urology. Established risk factors like age, race and family history are not “modifiable,” they add, and there are few lifestyle changes that can be recommended to men to lower risk.
To understand the connection between ejaculation frequency and cancer, Rider and colleagues reviewed data from questionnaires men completed about sexual health and examined medical records and lab tests to verify which participants were diagnosed with prostate tumors.
It may be too soon to weigh the merits of sex as a tool for cancer prevention as frequent ejaculation through sex or masturbation probably results from other factors that contribute to good health, like healthy diet and normal weight, which may also lower the risk of cancer. As Dr. John Gore, a urology researcher at the University of Washington states, “I don’t think we need to tell men ‘if you don’t lose it, you lose it’”.
But hey, if it’s going to help you get a little bit more action…why not run with it?