For men, ejaculation and orgasm feel the same, but are they really the same? Some men can experience orgasm without ejaculation and some can’t feel the orgasm even when they ejaculate. However, some sexologists argue that ejaculation and orgasm are two different things.
Ejaculation – ejecting semen out of a man’s penis when masturbating or having sex with his partner. (Sometimes, semen comes out without any physical stimulation – in cases of night fall and in those with semen leakage).
As per some researchers in the USA, frequency of ejaculation affects a man’s:
- Physical health
- Sperm count
- Mental health and overall well-being.
But, surely there is no evidence or any research done on the physical and mental conditions of men who don’t masturbate or have sex. (yes, there are men who do not masturbate or have sex for various reasons).
How frequent is considered normal?
In fact, there is no such thing as normal. A man can masturbate as many number of times as he can/want in a day or week, as per modern science. However, ayurveda contradicts this understanding and says otherwise. Even Chinese’s Taoism tells men to keep ejaculation count to minimum.
As per our modern science, the frequency of a man’s ejaculation / ability to have sex with his partner depends on:
- Physical and mental health
- Relationship status.
Men in their 20s tend to have sex or masturbate more frequently compared to those in 30s and the men in their 30s tend to do it more frequently than those in 40s. Seems to be a direct co-relation with levels of testosterone? Masturbation is very common in men and in women (around 60% women masturbate). It can be either self masturbation or partnered masturbation, where your partner helps in your masturbation.
As per a research, ejaculating 21 times a month can significantly reduce prostate cancer in men.
Well, that is as per a couple of researches done by some good sexologists. However, there is still no definitive evidence that ejaculating 21 times a month will surely keep a man away from prostate cancer. Also, there is very little evidence that prostate cancer affects men who do not masturbate so frequently.
How to safely masturbate?
There are no hard and fast guidelines on how a man can masturbate. (Except in prone masturbation as explained by our sexologist, Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran in the following video). However, there are some beliefs that masturbation can induce infections if the person’s hands are not clean, rough masturbation can cause tearing of skin on the penis etc. But, as long as the man (and man/woman if having sex with a partner) are comfortable, masturbation is considered safe.
How does ejaculation help ? (Positive effects on the body due to ejaculation.)
Ejaculation with masturbation or by having sex have many positive benefits on a man’s health, as per modern science including:
- Since sex is a form of exercise, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems, helps in reducing obesity.
- Men who had sex less than once a month (because of erectile dysfunction or other problems) were prone to cardiovascular diseases.
- Sex relieves a man (and woman) of stress and makes mood much better.
- Good sex at least once a week improves the immune system.
- Helps men in getting relaxed sleep.
Should you be worried about losing sperm ?
A man’s body continuously keeps producing sperm and there is no running out of semen. (Conditions apply). Although it takes many days for the sperm to fully mature, men’s body makes millions of sperms every day. Frequent ejaculation doesn’t reduce the sperm count in healthy men. If you are suffering from low sperm count, you must first talk to your sexologist and then proceed according to his/her advice.
Should you control the frequency of your ejaculation?
Some branches of science such as Indian Ayurveda and Chinese’s Taoism advise you to retain the ‘energy’ / ‘chi’. Modern science doesn’t stop anyone from masturbating and encourages men to masturbate and/or have sex for a happier life. If you feel like stopping yourself from masturbation or unnecessary ejaculation, it is totally up to you. Not ejaculating has zero effect on a man’s fertility. Unused sperms are either absorbed the body or released through nocturnal emissions. For those who are very young, during puberty, they may experience “wet dreams / night fall” when they try to abstain from masturbation.