What is the effect on the prostate of not discharging?

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From reading other articles, it seems the medical community advocates ejaculation for prostate health?

see FAQ.

This question comes up regularly on this forum.

I just found out that it's actually addressed in the FAQ:
http://www.reuniting.info/resources/questions_and_answers#Prostate

I would add:

1) Never crying has never hurt anyone's lacrimal glands.

2) Nobody who has been practicing this for a long time has come back to complain about increased health problems (prostate or elsewhere): on the contrary.

Don't let fear guide your life. Allow yourself to be guided by your own intuition/Love.

Blessings.

I must admit I was intrigued

I must admit I was intrigued by the FAQ about prostate then I started digging some more and I realized it's actually all about trying alternative methods in order to keep yourself healthy. I've spoken with a friend of mine from the Technology Transfer University in Israel and he told me that if you have too much testosterone, you'll get cancer. Then again, if you have too little, you get prostate adenoma. So either way, it's not good. There's a balance to be kept, but seems that even if someone were to change their behaviour, the results would still be the same.

not so fast

Nothing in biology is that simple.....

A review of other studies called - "Hormonal predictors of prostate cancer" (2005) - summed it up nicely with this statement:

After logistic regression analysis, none of the hormones showed a significant difference in predicting the risk of prostate cancer in patients undergoing prostate biopsy with suspicion of the disease.
CONCLUSION: Our data suggest that patients diagnosed with prostate cancer have low levels of serum testosterone and high levels of serum FSH compared with the patients with BPH. No support was found for the theory that high levels of testosterone increase prostate cancer risk.
Further studies are needed to clarify the relationship between hormones and prostate cancer etiology.

Medical community

The medical community so far says that ejaculation frequency is NOT a risk factor in prostate health. Individual studies have gone slightly (very slightly) in both directions.

No one has studied the benefits of lovemaking without orgasm...because sexologists in the West have defined that practice as a "disorder" despite thousands of years of tradition proclaiming health BENEFITS from this practice. (This seems a bit arrogant, without any science to back up their conclusion.)

We think that it is a bad idea to stimulate the prostate intensely and then avoid ejaculation. A better approach would be to take a very gentle approach to lovemaking, with the emphasis on stillness and nurturing each other with loving yang (or yin) energy.

Thanks for asking this important question.

Recent exchange about health benefits of orgasm

Someone sent me an anonymous private message that said:

Hello,
I came across your site a while back and have read much of the material, and hope that when I will find my soulmate that I will follow this advice. However, I have just read the below, which argues specifically for MORE orgasms/ejaculations rather than less, and would appreciate to hear your comments. I must admit that the below information was from a site that sells natural aphrodisiacs... I don't mind if you post your response on your site without citing me as having brought it to your attention, but kindly inform me when it appears. Thanks so much.

I'll put the material this person sent us in quotations, and Gary's remarks and items of interest below each blockquotation.

1. Testosterone: Having an orgasm urges your body produce more testosterone. And more testosterone not only helps you have better orgasms but it makes you manlier. It helps strengthen bone, build and support lean muscle mass and powers a healthy functioning heart. Testosterone is essentially what makes men manly.

Here are some abstracts of medical research that suggests that the above statements are not accurate, followed by Gary's remarks:

ENDOCRINE RESPONSE TO MASTURBATION-INDUCED ORGASM IN HEALTHY MEN FOLLOWING A 3-WEEK SEXUAL ABSTINENCE.
Exton MS, Krüger TH, Bursch N, Haake P, Knapp W, Schedlowski M, Hartmann U.
World J Urol. 2001 Nov;19(5):377-82.
Institut für Medizinische Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Germany. michael.exton@uni-essen.de
This current study examined the effect of a 3-week period of sexual abstinence on the neuroendocrine response to masturbation-induced orgasm. Hormonal and cardiovascular parameters were examined in ten healthy adult men during sexual arousal and masturbation-induced orgasm. Blood was drawn continuously and cardiovascular parameters were constantly monitored. This procedure was conducted for each participant twice, both before and after a 3-week period of sexual abstinence. Plasma was subsequently analysed for concentrations of adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol, prolactin, luteinizing hormone and testosterone concentrations. Orgasm increased blood pressure, heart rate, plasma catecholamines and prolactin. These effects were observed both before and after sexual abstinence.
In contrast, although plasma testosterone was unaltered by orgasm, higher testosterone concentrations were observed following the period of abstinence.
These data demonstrate that acute abstinence does not change the neuroendocrine response to orgasm but does produce elevated levels of testosterone in males.

A RESEARCH ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EJACULATION AND SERUM TESTOSTERONE LEVEL IN MEN.
Jiang M, Xin J, Zou Q, Shen JW.
J Zhejiang Univ Sci. 2003 Mar-Apr;4(2):236-40.
Department of Life Science, Hangzhou Normal College, Hangzhou 310020, China. jiangmy@mail.hz.zj.cn
The purpose of this study is to gain understanding of the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men. The serum testosterone concentrations of 28 volunteers were investigated daily during abstinence periods after ejaculation for two phases. The authors found that the fluctuations of testosterone levels from the 2nd to 5th day of abstinence were minimal.
On the 7th day of abstinence, however, a clear peak of serum testosterone appeared, reaching 145.7% of the baseline ( P < 0.01). No regular fluctuation was observed following continuous abstinence after the peak.
Ejaculation is the precondition and beginning of the special periodic serum testosterone level variations, which would not occur without ejaculation.
The results showed that ejaculation-caused variations were characterized by a peak on the 7th day of abstinence; and that the effective time of an ejaculation is 7 days minimum. These data are the first to document the phenomenon of the periodic change in serum testosterone level; the correlation between ejaculation and periodic change in the serum testosterone level, and the pattern and characteristics of the periodic change.

ANABOLIC ANDROGENS RESTORE MATING AFTER SEXUAL SATIETY IN MALE RATS.
Phillips-Farfán BV, Romano-Torres M, Fernández-Guasti A.
Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2007 Dec 23;
Department of Pharmacobiology, CINVESTAV, Mexico City, Mexico.

Androgen receptors and estrogen receptors importantly participate in the neuroendocrine control of masculine mating behavior. Sexual satiety is the long term inhibition of masculine mating behavior after repeated ejaculations and is associated to changes in both androgen receptor and estrogen receptor-alpha expression. Androgen receptor expression is up-regulated by systemic chronic administration of anabolic androgens, 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone or estradiol benzoate. This study was carried out to investigate the effect of these treatments on sexual satiety development and recovery; additionally flutamide or tamoxifen treatments - alone or together with anabolic androgens - were also included. Chronic 15-day treatment with 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone (5 mg/kg) or tamoxifen (15 mg/kg) inhibited, whereas estradiol benzoate treatment (5 mg/kg) facilitated, mating behavior during sexual satiety development. The proportion of animals that ejaculated 48 h after sexual satiety was increased after 17-day treatment with a mixture of anabolic androgens containing 2 mg/kg testosterone propionate, 2 mg/kg nandrolone decanoate and 1 mg/kg boldenone undecylenate. This effect was only blocked by the combined administration of flutamide plus tamoxifen. The data suggest that anabolic androgens metabolites synergize to restore mating behavior after sexual satiety.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T0N-4RDS3XK-2...

SEXUAL BEHAVIOR REDUCES HYPOTHALAMIC ANDROGEN RECEPTOR IMMUNOREACTIVITY.
Fernandez-Guasti A, Swaab D, Rodriguez-Manzo G.
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2003 May;28(4):501-12.
Department of Pharmacobiology, CINVESTAV, Calz. De los Tenorios 235, Col. Granjas Coapa, Mexico 14330 D.F., Mexico. jfernand@mail.cinvestav.mx

Male sexual behavior is regulated by limbic areas like the medial preoptic nucleus (MPN), the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST), the nucleus accumbens (nAcc) and the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMN). Neurons in these brain areas are rich in ANDROGEN RECEPTORS (AR) and express FOS-immunoreactivity in response to mating. In many species sexual satiation, a state of sexual behavior inhibition, is attained after multiple ejaculations. The mechanisms underlying sexual satiation are largely unknown. In this study we show that sexual activity reduces androgen receptor immunoreactivity (ANDROGEN RECEPTORS -ir) in some of the brain areas associated with the control of male sexual behavior, but not in others. Thus, one ejaculation reduced the AR-ir in the MPN and nAcc, but not in the BST and VMN. Copulation to satiation, on the other hand, reduced AR-ir in the MPN, nAcc and VMN, and not in the BST. The AR-ir reduction observed in the MPN of sexually satiated rats was drastic when compared to that of animals ejaculating once.
Serum androgen levels did not vary after one ejaculation or copulation to exhaustion. These data reveal that sexual activity reduces ANDROGEN RECEPTORS in specific brain areas and suggest the possibility that such a reduction underlies the sexual inhibition that characterizes sexual satiety.

Gary:
NOTE – CONTACT WITH FEMALE WITHOUT EJACULATION (SOMEWHAT LIKE CONTROLLED INTERCOURSE ?) RAISES TESTOSTERONE IN RATS
AFTER EJACULATION, BLOOD LEVELS OF ANDROGEN (MALE SEX HORMONES) REMAIN NORMAL, YET RECEPTORS FOR THESE HORMONES ARE REDUCED IN BRAIN (MPOA). THIS CHANGE AFTER SEXUAL SATIATION UNDERLIES REDUCED LIBIDO.
EJACULATION DOES TRIGGER SOME PREDICTABLE, BUT AS YET MYSTERIOUS (AS TO EVOLUTIONARY PURPOSE) VARIATIONS IN TESTOSTERONE OVER 7 DAYS, BUT NOT AN OVERALL INCREASE DURING THAT TIME.

2. Sex-ercise: On top of being a top notch appetite suppressant sex also helps burn calories and melts away excess fat. As an exercise, good sex burns off more calories per minute than a brisk game of tennis. And you don't have to buy special shoes.

Gary:
OH PLEASE

3. Heart Health: In a study conducted by Queens University, researchers concluded that having sex thee or more times a week reduced a man's risk of heart attack and stroke by 50%.

Gary:
SEX 3 TIMES A WEEK PROBABLY MEANS CLOSE COMPANIONSHIP– AND THOSE RELATED BENEFITS, NOT NECESSARILY MASTURBATION.
THIS SUGGESTS THAT THIS GROUP IS HEALTHIER, AS IT LEAVES OUT ALL THOSE WITH PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL, AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS, WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM ISOLATION.

IF ORGASM WERE THE SOURCE OF BENEFIT – THEN, IN GENERAL, MEN WOULD LIVE LONGER AND HAVE A LOWER INCIDENCE OF HEART ATTACK & STROKE THAN WOMEN. THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE.

Marnia: According to John Gray's new book, "When Mars and Venus Collide," the gender difference between average lifespans has nearly closed between men and women. And that's not because men are living longer. Women are having a LOT more orgasms these days than in the days when women outlived men by about 6 years. I'm not suggesting this proves anything, but it doesn't suggest that orgasm correlates with longevity.

4. A Powerful Immune System: Researchers at Wilkes University discovered that men who had sex at least once or twice a week showed higher concentrations of the essential antibody Immunoglobulin A - a substance shown to boost your immune system and accelerate healing.

Gary:
SEE REMARKS AFTER PREVIOUS SECTION. MANY ACTIVITIES BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, MANY DECREASE IT.
ALSO, SEXUAL ACTIVITY (TO SATIATION?) HAS BEEN SHOWN TO SUPPRESS IMMUNITY IN ANIMALS: http://www.reuniting.info/node/58#immunity
IN THE STUDY CITED, WHY DOESN'T THE 'MOST FREQUENT' GROUP HAVE THE HIGHEST IgA? WE WOULD SAY THAT SEXUAL ACTIVITY IS HEALTHY, BUT THAT SEXUAL EXHAUSTION IS NOT. THIS STUDY HINTS THAT BALANCE IS MORE HEALTHFUL THAN SEXUAL FRENZY OR SEXUAL FRUSTRATION. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO MEASURE THE IgA OF COUPLES PRACTICING CONTROLLED INTERCOURSE.

SEXUAL FREQUENCY AND SALIVARY IMMUNOGLOBULIN A (IgA).
Charnetski CJ, Brennan FX.
Psychol Rep. 2004 Jun;94(3 Pt 1):839-44.
Department of Psychology, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766, USA. charnets@wilkes.edu
112 college students reported the frequency of their sexual encounters and were divided into four categories: none, infrequent (less than once a week), frequent (one to two times per week), and very frequent (three or more times per week). Participants also described their overall sexual satisfaction. Saliva samples were collected and assayed for salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA). Individuals in the frequent group showed significantly higher levels of IgA than the other three groups, which were comparable. Data on length of relationship and sexual satisfaction were not related to the group differences.

5. DHEA: Is another critical hormone that's affected by your sexual activity. Right before you orgasm the DHEA levels in your body will climb several times higher than normal. And, DHEA has been shown to improve brain function, boost your immune system and promote healthy looking skin and good cardiovascular health.

Gary:
IT’S THE DHEA/CORTISOL RATIO THAT IS SIGNIFICANT CLINICALLY.
IT’S THE CONSTANT LEVELS, NOT TRANSIENT RISES, THAT BRING ABOUT DHEA BENEFITS. IN ANY CASE, THIS STUDY STATES DHEA DOES NOT INCREASE:

CIRCULATING NEUROACTIVE C21- AND C19-STEROIDS IN YOUNG MEN BEFORE AND AFTER EJACULATION.
Stárka L, Hill M, Havlíková H, Kancheva L, Sobotka V.
Physiol Res. 2006;55(4):429-36. Epub 2005 Oct 17.
Institute of Endocrinology, Prague, Czech Republic. lstarka@endo.cz

Twelve neuroactive and neuroprotective steroids, androgens and androgen precursors i.e. 3alpha,17beta-dihydroxy-5alpha-androstane, 3alpha-hydroxy-5alpha-androstan-17-one, 3alpha-hydroxy-5beta-androstan-17-one, androst-5-ene-3beta,17beta-diol, 3beta,17alpha-dihydroxy-pregn-5-en-20-one (17alpha-hydroxy-pregnenolone), 3beta-hydroxy-androst-5-en-17-one (dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA), testosterone, androst-4-ene-3,17-dione (androstenedione), 3alpha-hydroxy-5alpha-pregnan-20-one (allopregnanolone), 3beta-hydroxy-pregn-5-en-20-one (pregnenolone), 7alpha-hydroxy-DHEA, and 7beta-hydroxy-DHEA were measured using the GC-MS system in young men before and after ejaculation provoked by masturbation.
The circulating level of 17alpha-hydroxypregnenolone increased significantly, whereas the other circulating steroids were not changed at all. This fact speaks against the hypothesis that a drop in the level of neuroactive steroids, e.g. allopregnanolone may trigger the orgasm-related increase of oxytocin, reported by other authors.

6. Prostate Health: There's a definite relationship between frequency of ejaculation and the overall health of your prostate. A recent study published in the British Journal of Urology International explains that men in their 20's can reduce their risk of prostate issues by ejaculating more than 5 times a week.

Gary:
THE MEDICAL PROFESSION DOES NOT RECOGNIZE EJACULATION FREQUENCY AS A RISK FACTOR FOR PROSTATE HEALTH. HOWEVER, IT IS TRUE THAT IN THIS STUDY THERE WAS AN UNEXPECTED NEGATIVE CORRELATION BETWEEN FREQUENT MASTURBATION IN PARTICIPANTS' 20s (BUT AT NO OTHER TIME IN LIFE) AND LOWER RATES OF PROSTATE CANCER. (ALSO, THE STUDY RELIED ON MEN IN THEIR 60s REMEMBERING HOW OFTEN THEY MASTURBATED IN THEIR 20s AND REPORTING IT ACCURATELY.) MUCH HAS BEEN MADE OF THIS ASPECT OF THIS STUDY IN THE POPULAR PRESS, BUT *MANY* STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EJACULATION/SEX FREQUENCY, AND THE RESULTS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.

Just to give you a taste, here's a quotation from the study cited above about some of the many earlier studies: "[In] Previous investigations on reported ejaculation frequencies or sexual intercourse and prostate cancer ... results are mixed. Nine studies observed a statistically significant or nonsignificant positive association; 3 studies reported no association; 7 studies found a statistically significant or nonsignificant inverse relationship; and 1 study found a U-shaped relationship."

Similar factors that have been looked at...and for which studies go both ways...are "number of female partners" and "marriage." In short, not much is certain.

HERE'S A MORE BALANCED VIEW OF WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT PROSTATE HEALTH:

Malignant tales

We know remarkably little about prostate cancer, but one thing's for sure: ridiculous stories in the press about ways to prevent it are of no help at all.

by Richard Smith September 3, 2007 12:30 PM

As a man who spent Friday night making marmalade rather than money, I'm very attracted to the idea that "if men behaved more like women, understanding the need for a better work-life balance and how to handle stress", they would be less likely to develop prostate cancer. Red-blooded, money-making, overworked, stressed alpha males get prostate cancer, while "new men" fade away with something effete. Unfortunately, it's all nonsense.

We do know something about the causes of prostate cancer, but considering that prostate cancer is the commonest cancer among men (excluding skin cancer) we know remarkably little. The one thing we know with great confidence is that it's linked with age: it's almost unknown among men under 50, whereas almost every man over 85 has it. But they don't necessarily die of it. About one man in six develops prostate cancer but only one in 34 dies of it. They die of something else first.

Your chances of developing prostate cancer are increased if a man in your family had it, and it's commoner among certain racial groups - for example, African Americans. We also know that it's more common in North America, north-west Europe, Australia, and on Caribbean islands than in Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America.

None of this information is much use, however, to an individual who can do nothing about his age, family history, racial group, or place of birth. There may be links between prostate cancer and diet, exercise, obesity, smoking, and various drugs and operations - but all these links are weak and speculative.

The most exciting idea - worthy of another silly piece in the Sunday newspapers - is that the more you ejaculate the less likely you are to get prostate cancer. More sex, less cancer. What could be more wonderful? A paper in the British Journal of Urology International that studied men under 70 with prostate cancer found that those who said they ejaculated more than five times a week in their 20s were less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ejaculated less.

You don't need to be much of a scientist to grasp that asking men in their 60s how often they ejaculated when in their 20s will not produce very reliable answers. Another study in JAMA found no link.

The whole subject of what causes prostate cancer has been complicated by the introduction of a tricky screening test - prostate specific antigen (PSA). In the United States urologists insist that "every man should know his PSA just like he should know his cholesterol". You watch your PSA, and when it begins to lift off the urologist strikes - maybe even going as far as to do a "radical prostatectomy", scouring out the organ and often leaving the man incontinent and impotent. There is great scope here for men to be unnecessarily panicked and for fee-for-service urologists to get rich giving treatments that patients don't need. That's why many are against routine screening of men, although those who argue against it have been accused of "geriatricide".

Prostate cancer has become much more common, and some friends who are urologists have become so concerned that they think all men will be dying of it soon. If you spend all day every day treating men with prostate cancer your perception of its frequency and awfulness is unsurprisingly much stronger than that of a statistician sat in an office. But Richard Doll and Richard Peto, Britain's pre-eminent cancer epidemiologists, wrote in 1981: "If someone ever invents a method of screening apparently healthy men for prostate cancer, the apparent incidence rates may be expected to rise quite quickly by several hundred percent." That's what happened, but deaths from prostate cancer peaked in the late 90s.

Prostate cancer, a disease of old men, doesn't get anything like the attention of breast cancer, which is a disease of older women but widely perceived to be a disease of young women. It would be good to know much more about what causes men to get prostate cancer and how to prevent it, but cobblers in the newspapers will cause distress, guilt, blame, and confusion to no advantage whatsoever.

Marnia: We do not think vigorous lovemaking combined with restraint is wise. It puts too much stress on the prostate. We propose a much gentler approach, based on staying away from the edge of orgasm.

7. Super Pain Killer: When you have an orgasm it releases your body's natural store of endorphins which increases your tolerance for pain substantially. So if you suffer from constant migraine headaches, soreness or even degenerative joint pain try a quick roll in the hay along with your regular pain medication (assuming you're not in public). You'll notice an immediate difference.

Gary:
THE ENDORPHINS ARE VERY REAL, BUT FLEETING – OVER IN A FEW MINUTES. CHRONIC PAIN IS 24/7. I FOUND SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT ORGASM INDUCING MIGRAINES, AND NOTHING ABOUT ORGASM CURING MIGRAINES.

Marnia: We believe that the neurochemical changes that follow orgasm can create "low" feelings, which may make people's discomfort worse over all. In other words, it may be wise to look beyond the immediate effects of orgasm.

8. Stress Buster: An accelerated heart beat, increased blood flow, and the contraction of just about every muscle in your body - then it all comes to a screeching halt at that one beautiful moment of orgasm. This explosive process rips the tension out of every cell in your body and relaxes you to the very core. It's one of those few beautiful moments in life you're able to let it all go. Nothings wrong and everything is right in the world - for a little while at least.

Gary:
STRESS RESPONSE IS A HUGE SUBJECT. WHAT WOULD A HAPPY LOVING RELATIONSHIP DO FOR STRESS?

Marnia: We would agree that orgasm feels great in the moment (so does getting high). Humanity, however, needs to consider the longer-term effects or orgasm in order to make sound choices. Maybe Douglas Wile said it best when he compared Western and Taoist thoughts on orgasm:

For Reich, the function of orgasm is to discharge sexual tension, and full orgasmic potency is characterized by "involuntary muscular contractions" and "the clouding of consciousness." The feeling of pleasure is derived from the decline in tension and the return to equilibrium. This to the Chinese makes a narcotic of sex. For them, contact and arousal are the most fundamental biological needs, not orgasm. The energy discharged during sex should not be drained from the body, but shared with the organism as a whole, and particularly the brain. This results in a state of spiritual illumination" (shen-ming), which may be said to be diametrically opposed to Reich’s "clouding of consciousness." The spiritual "irrigation" experienced by the Chinese sexual yogis is a far cry from the Western waters of oblivion.

In general, we would agree that sex is healthful. We're just not convinced that the benefits are due to orgasm.

More recent research

Sex drive link to prostate cancer

[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7850666.stm]

Men who are more sexually active in their 20s and 30s may run a higher risk of prostate cancer, research suggests.

The Nottingham University study quizzed 800 men on how often they had sex or masturbated.

Those who were most active while younger had more chance of developing cancer later in life.

The researchers said higher levels of sex hormones could lead to a bigger sex drive and the cancer, the journal BJU International reported.

Study leader

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with well over 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

It affects the prostate gland, which is found close to the bladder and makes a component of semen.

The Nottingham team, led by Dr Polyxeni Dimitropoulou, recruited more than 400 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, then compared their answers to 409 men thought to be free of the disease.

As well as questions about how often they had been sexually active from puberty onwards, they were asked how many sexual partners they had had and whether they had been diagnosed with any sexual infections.

Roughly the same proportion of both groups, 59%, said they had engaged in sexual activity 12 times a month or more in their 20s, falling to 48% in their 30s, 28% in their 40s and 13% in their 50s.

Almost two-fifths of the prostate cancer group had had six female partners or more, compared with less than a third of the non-cancer group.

Frequency risk

There was also a difference among the men who masturbated or had sex the most often, with 40% of men in the cancer group being sexually active 20 times a month or more in their 20s, compared with 32% in the non-cancer group.

The gap between the two groups narrowed as the men aged, suggesting that the difference was strongest at a younger age.

Dr Dimitropoulou said: "What makes our study stand out from previous research is that we focused on a younger age group than normal and included both intercourse and masturbation at various stages in the participants' lives."

He said that it was possible that higher levels of sex hormones in some men were both responsible for a high sex drive in their 20s and 30s, and for the development of prostate cancer later on.

"Hormones appear to play a key role in prostate cancer and it is very common to treat men with therapy to reduce the hormones thought to stimulate the cancer cells."

She said that the reasons why the connection between sexual activity and prostate risk appeared to diminish with advancing age was not clear, although other studies have suggested that sexual activity releases toxins from the gland.

John Neate, chief executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said that while the study was useful, its findings would need to be backed by more evidence before they could be accepted

He said: "The role of sexual activity is becoming an increasing focus for prostate cancer research but unfortunately this study does little to offer any practical advice to men wishing to reduce their risk of the disease.

"The study is retrospective, and asks men to complete a questionnaire about their sexual history.

"However, in relying on men to recall information from 20 or 30 years previously, it is likely that there will be some inaccuracy in the data collected as men either consciously or unconsciously forget some detail which could compromise their findings.

"The sample used in the study is also relatively small, making it difficult to draw any universal conclusions."

Prostatestosterone

Testosterone has made me crazy for a lot years. I'd meet a man and wonder if I could best him. I'd meet a woman, could I bed her? So happy in my 50's to have less of that dope in my life.
I tend towards enlarged prostate. If I take any antihistamine it swells. I am now almost 3 months without ejaculation and notice no change in my prostate.
Much Love

For as long as I've been old

For as long as I've been old enough to know about this stuff, this question has always led me to a tremendous amount of debate. It's really interesting to see everyone's responses concerning prostate health and "certain practices." Even more impressive is how everyone is providing citations to back their facts. I gotta say, I've learned a TON today. While I've learned that "certain practices" are good for the prostate, I'm curious: What types of conditions does this prevent? Is prostate cancer in the mix or does this only apply to other conditions? Thanks, all!

It's turning out

that prostate cancer is more likely most often associated with viral and other infections than ejaculation frequency. It's kind of the mirror image of cervical cancer in this regard.

Since some lifestyles improve immunity (to all disease), it's wise to choose those lifestyles to keep microbes in line.

I can't remember what all is in this old thread, but we tried to do a summary on Gary's site: http://yourbrainonporn.com/discussion-of-prostate-research

Thanks for the response, Marina!

[quote=DesireeLovely]For as long as I've been old enough to know about this stuff, this question has always led me to a tremendous amount of debate. It's really interesting to see everyone's responses concerning prostate health and "certain practices." Even more impressive is how everyone is providing citations to back their facts. I gotta say, I've learned a TON today. While I've learned that "certain practices" are good for the prostate, I'm curious: What types of conditions does this prevent? Is prostate cancer in the mix or does this only apply to other conditions? Thanks, all![/quote]

[quote=Marnia]that prostate cancer is more likely most often associated with viral and other infections than ejaculation frequency. It's kind of the mirror image of cervical cancer in this regard.

Since some lifestyles improve immunity (to all disease), it's wise to choose those lifestyles to keep microbes in line.

I can't remember what all is in this old thread, but we tried to do a summary on Gary's site: http://yourbrainonporn.com/discussion-of-prostate-research[/quote]

Thanks for the response, Marina! If the frequency of such acts doesn't necessarily CAUSE prostate cancer, then what issues DO arise? What about an enlarged prostate?

Don't know

No one researches this approach to sex. But there's no research I know of showing that ejaculation frequency has anything to do with prostate size.

Here' are some posts we've written about this important topic:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cupids-poisoned-arrow/201007/ejacula...

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cupids-poisoned-arrow/201009/masturb...

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cupids-poisoned-arrow/201105/weird-m...

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cupids-poisoned-arrow/201106/exiting...

Nothing

the body regulates everything, along with proper nutrition and a paleo lifestyle.. U will be healthy as an OX and as sexually active as a 19 year old jock. People make up excuses to masturbate/look at porn. such as prostate health! wasting your seed is stupid. I don't think "God" wanted us to spill our seed on a keyboard, but rather in a women. Only problem is, God made sex very pleasurable. Those monkey's on jackass masturbate like crazy, but than again, they are separated from female monkeys.. Just remember.. common sense isn't common Wink goodluck

Prostate

I know all the benefits of nofap, and do experience them first hand.

BUT, I have had urine infection, problem peeing, general prostatitis symptoms after doing nofap for ~ 6 months. These symptoms where relieved/gone after masturbating.