Ejaculation Control and Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health Part 9
Is it really all good?
“In the 19th century it was a disease; in the 20th, it’s a cure.”
–Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at SUNY (on the topic of masturbation)
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When reports of this study hit mainstream media there seemed to be a great rejoicing among the masturbatory multitudes. The editors of men’s magazines breathed a collective sigh of, well, relief. “It ain’t bad like mamma said, it’s good for you!” They then scurried off to churn out various cute and funky articles proclaiming the wondrous benefits of wanking.
With all due respect to the one-handed bloggers, on a close examination of the actual research study, I have to say it is not clear that the news is entirely and consistently good. At least to the hyperbolic extent that our masturbators in the media have proclaimed.
First, the data seems to be mixed. Generally, for each increase of 3 ejaculations per week over a lifetime, there was an associated 15% decrease in prostate cancer. However, men who had the fewest ejaculations (3 or less per month) also had a decreased risk.
Leitzmann wrote, “There was a suggestive decreased risk of total prostate cancer observed among men in the lowest category of ejaculation frequency at ages 40 to 49 years and across a lifetime. Whether that finding was due to lower androgenicity among these men remains unknown.” In addition, he states “…we cannot exclude a possibly greater risk of advanced prostate cancer with higher recent ejaculation frequency…”
Since at the time of the study, the age range was 46 –81 among the participants, it may very well be that a higher number of ejaculations among more mature men does not have the protective effect of a high rate of ejaculation when one is younger.
He also stated that “High ejaculation frequencies during the previous year (1991, with participant age range 46 – 81) and across a lifetime were associated with a suggestive increase in risk of advanced prostate cancer.” Also, a significant weakness of the study is that it did not query the habits of the greatest proponents and practitioners of the art of self-pleasuring: teenage boys.
To further muddy the waters, if you are querying middle aged and older men about their masturbatory habits in their 20′s, accurate and total recall may be a problem. Leitzmann suggested that perhaps “self-reported ejaculation frequency may have contained some inaccuracy because of its sensitive nature and the need for individuals to recall ejaculation frequency in the distant past. It is possible that the oldest men in our cohort (men aged 81 years in 1992) may not have accurately recalled their average monthly ejaculation frequency from ages 20 to 29 years.” Ya think? © 2008 Keith E. Hall All rights reserved.
Next: Emission Control and Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health Part 10: Is sex good for your heart?