Male masturbation is often a subject of taboo and jokes, but a reputable scientific study has something very serious to say about men's favorite activity: Frequent masturbation could significantly reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

And how often is "frequently"? According to a Harvard University study that was published in the journal European Urology, men who ejaculate 21 or more times a month could be reducing their chances of avoiding this condition by 33%.

To reach these conclusions, the researchers surveyed 31,925 men using a questionnaire that asked them questions about how often they masturbated. The research team followed the participants for 18 years and recorded all the cases of prostate cancer that arose in that period.

Masturbation Often Prevent Prostate Cancer

All the men were evaluated three times: one year before taking the questionnaire, a second time when they were still between 20 and 30 years old, and finally when they were between 40 and 50.

The conclusions? The greater the frequency of masturbation, the lower the possibility of developing prostate cancer.

Masturbation Often Prevent Prostate Cancer

It is certainly not the first study to find that having frequent orgasms helps keep the reproductive system healthy, but it is the first with real results that are focused exclusively on one sex.

Despite this study and other research, experts still don't know why orgasms are critical to health. Many doctors, including Ian Kerner, a psychotherapist and sexuality counselor, think that ejaculation could serve to purge harmful toxins and bacteria that, if not expelled, would accumulate in the prostate.

But masturbation is not the only way to purge these toxins, as Ian Kerner notes: "There isn't a difference in whether the ejaculation happens via masturbation or with a partner. So making sex a priority is also helpful." Looks like not many of us will have more than one choice when it comes to "expelling toxins", then.

Masturbation Often Prevent Prostate Cancer

In addition to the purge that occurs during ejaculation, Ian Kerner explains that masturbation has other benefits, as it is also a way to feel pleasure and relax: "It's an opportunity to engage in self-care. Masturbation can also be a healthy distraction mechanism and a natural way of regulating anxiety".

Masturbation Often Prevent Prostate Cancer

Obviously, masturbating 21 times a month is not guaranteed to avoid prostate cancer. Ian Kerner also recommends a diet based on vegetables and fish rich in omega-3s and "consuming red foods such as tomatoes that are rich in lycopene, as well as soy products that contain isoflavones."

He also advises getting regular checkups that include prostate exams and incorporating some exercise into your routine.

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