Forget about apples, guys—it turns out that it’s an orgasm a day that keeps the doctor away.
That’s according to a recently published study on prostate cancer by Harvard Medical School. The study followed 32,000 men, aged 20-29, for almost two decades. It found that men who ejaculated most, approximately 21 times a month, reduced their risk of prostate cancer by a whopping 22%.
Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, closely following skin cancer. It accounts for 15% of all cancers in men. The cause or causes of prostate cancer are still largely unknown.
A 2004 study by the National Cancer Institute had similar findings, and noted that it didn’t matter if orgasm was achieved during sexual intercourse (with a man or woman), during masturbation, or even if it happened spontaneously during sleep.
While researchers could not find a conclusive reason as to why frequent orgasms would reduce the risk of cancer, they did offer a number of theories. The first claims that frequent ejaculation might act like a “flush” and clear out toxins and other cancer-causing agents. Another argues that renewing sperm on a regular basis prevents the build-up of old cells that may become cancerous.
No matter the reason, Science has spoken, guys! If you want to avoid the Big “C,” feel free to enjoy a Big “O.”