In short, there is no magic number when it comes to how often a man should ejaculate. There is a whole range of health benefits to regular ejaculation, such as reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. However, it all comes down to doing it as much or as little as you want to.
What feels like a normal amount to you over the course of a week or month is likely to differ when compared to others. The frequency in which you ejaculate also depends on other factors, such as:
- Your age
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Relationship status
If you’re sitting there and think that 21 is about the right number, then you may be wondering where this random number came from, although it may not necessarily be correct.
21? You can’t be serious?
Now, this idea first emerged from a study done by Harvard Medical School. Their research discovered that men who ejaculated 21 times over a monthly period have a 31% lower risk of developing prostate cancer; compared to those who only ejaculated between four and seven times.
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Whilst some researchers believe that ejaculating frequently may help reduce the inflammation-causing toxins from the prostate, there are others that are not convinced. Some research undertaken in 2004 was unable to find a link between frequent ejaculation and a lower prostate cancer risk.
A 2008 study found that young men who stated they’d had more sexual activity, whether that be alone or with a partner, actually were at a higher risk of prostate cancer in their 20s and 30s. However, there is the potential for sexual activities to protect against prostate cancer as we get older.
We would advise not taking these results too seriously though, as even though both positive and negative connections were found, they relied on self-reported data.
If you ejaculate daily, what happens?
Frequent ejaculation has no physical side effects, so there isn’t anything to suggest that you shouldn’t ejaculate every day. It can actually be beneficial to your emotional well-being, as long as it is not associated with any kind of porn addiction or chronic masturbation.
Ejaculation is good for the body, as when we become aroused, our levels of oxytocin and dopamine increase.
- Oxytocin is the hormone associated with stress reduction, positive emotions and bonding
- Dopamine promotes feelings of satisfaction and pleasure. This in turn helps to boost motivation, productivity and mood, whilst also reducing feelings of depression and stress
However, if you are someone that ejaculates on a daily basis, you’ll likely encounter something referred to as a refractory period. This means that there is a length of time after you orgasm before you are ready to be sexually aroused again.
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In younger men, this can be anything from just a few minutes to a few hours. Sadly, as we get older, this period can increase and it may be up to 24 hours or more before you are ready to go again. So, even if you do want to ejaculate daily, you may not always want to.
Are there other health benefits to ejaculation?
Not only will an orgasm put a spring in your step, but frequent ejaculation is also said to:
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve sperm quality
- Boost your immune system
- Get better quality sleep
- Reduce migraine symptoms
Is abstaining good for you?
There are men out there (you might be one of them) that like to not ejaculate for a period of time as a way to reset, this is referred to as abstaining. Some will just do it to prove that they can, perhaps if they’re also dealing with addiction or another problem. As crazy as it may sound, there are even online communities specifically dedicated to it. There is no evidence to suggest that abstaining has any harmful side effects, so if you are happy to do it and you want to, then do.
Although, on the other hand, there also isn’t any evidence that there are any health benefits to abstaining either. So, even though it may not be backed by science, some believe that abstaining can:
- Increase or balance testosterone
- Enhance masculinity
- Preserve energy
Is it possible to run out of sperm?
Basically, no it isn’t.
Men produce approximately one hundred million sperm cells every day, that’s about 1500 a second. So, over a lifetime, each man has roughly produced 525 billion sperm cells. Mind-blowing, right?
If you don’t ejaculate, what happens to those sperm cells?
Any sperm cells that are ‘unused’ will either be released while you’re asleep or absorbed back into your body. If you thought your days of ‘wet dreams’ from puberty were over, chances are, if you abstain you’ll see them return.
The bottom line
Ejaculating 21 times a month may be the perfect amount for you, by 50 or five times could be too. Everyone is different! There is no need to keep a tally or feel the need to do it more because you find out your friends are, just listen to your body and do what is right for you.
Let’s face it, if you’re ejaculating frequently, and feel happy and stress-free, then you’re winning, right?
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