Aside from being a great stress reliever, masturbation has distinct health benefits, according to the results of a new study.
The study – published in European Urology – followed 30,000 men for nearly 20 years and found that men who ejaculated more often had lower incidents of prostate cancer than those who did it less.
It also found that masturbating a lot when younger decreases health problems in later life.
Men in their 20s who ejaculated at least 21 times a month were 19% less likely to be diagnosed than men who ejaculated no more than seven times a month.
Even in their 40s, men who regularly pleasured themselves were 22% less likely to get prostate cancer.
“Ejaculation frequency is, to some extent, a measure of overall health status in that men at the very low end of ejaculation – 0 to 3 times per month – were more likely to have other (medical problems) and die prematurely from causes other than prostate cancer,” lead author Jennifer Rider told the AP.
Rider says their data suggests “ejaculation and safe sexual activity throughout adulthood could be a beneficial strategy for reducing the risk of prostate cancer.”
Results of the study also found that 1,041 cases occurred among men who ejaculated 4 to 7 times a month, whereas just 290 cases occurred among men who ejaculated at least 21 times a month.
Earlier this year, another survey found that the number of straight men who have had gay sex is surprisingly high.
The survey – conducted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – asked respondents about the types of sexual experiences they have had and whether they are attracted to the same or opposite sex.
The 9,000 respondents – aged between 18 and 44 – were also asked how they chose to label their sexual orientations.
Results showed that the number of straight men who have had sex with another man had risen significantly – with 2.3 percent of men engaging in same-sex sexual activity identifying as heterosexual.