A study on ejaculation and prostate cancer risk, which made a big splash at last year’s annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA), was published March 29 in European Urology.
The publication provides greater detail on the main finding: that men might be able to lower their risk for prostate cancer by ejaculating frequently.
“This large prospective study provides the strongest evidence to date of a beneficial role of ejaculation in prevention of prostate cancer,” write the researchers, led by Jennifer Rider, ScD, MPH, a cancer epidemiologist at the Boston University School of Public Health.
The relative risk for prostate cancer was about 20% lower in men who ejaculated at least 21 times a month than in men who ejaculated four to seven times a month. There was a significant relative risk reduction of 10% in men who reported eight to 12 ejaculations per month at 40 to 49 years, and of 20% in men who reported 13 to 20 ejaculations at 40 to 49 years.
Portrait of High-Frequency Ejaculators
The men with the highest frequency of monthly ejaculations (at least 21) “are an interesting group!” They ate more calories than men who ejaculated less frequently, drank more alcohol, contracted more sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea and syphilis), and were more likely to be smokers or ex-smokers.
So what does this mean? High frequency ejaculators live better, get less prostate cancer but die earlier from other causes? It´s up to you, dear friend of the Clinica Picasso, to decide!