If you’re a guy, do we have some good news for you!
It turns out orgasms don’t only feel great, they’re good for your health as well. A recent study out of Harvard Medical School found that men who get it on (with themselves, or a partner) at least 21 times a month were 22 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer.
The study was the largest to date exploring the connection between orgasm frequency and prostate cancer risk, following 32,000 men over 18 years. Even when other lifestyle factors were considered, like diet and exercise, the researchers still concluded that an ongoing regime of orgasms would lower the risk of getting prostate cancer. Although, according to one author of the study, we shouldn’t jump for joy just yet.
“While these data are the most compelling to date on the potential benefit of ejaculation on prostate cancer development, they are observational data and should be interpreted somewhat cautiously,” Dr. Jennifer Rider, an assistant professor of medicine, said in a statement. “At the same time, given the lack of modifiable risk factors for prostate cancer, the results of this study are particularly encouraging.”
This isn’t the first time orgasms have been linked to better health, either.
Interestingly, a 2014 study out of the University of Montreal found that men who sleep with at least 20 women in their lifetime were 28 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Those who never had sex at all, meanwhile, were twice as likely to get it.
“It is possible that having many female sexual partners results in a higher frequency of ejaculations, whose protective effect against prostate cancer has been previously observed in cohort studies,” said Marie-Elise Parent, a professor at the univeristy’s school of public health. The effect, however, is reversed for homosexual couples (gay men who have over 20 partners are also twice as likely to develop prostate cancer).
Either way, that’s news you could use. Now get out there and prevent some cancer!
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