Male self service jokes always get laughs in buddy movies and comedy routines. But a new study actually has something serious to say about the typical dude’s favorite shower activity: self servicing frequently could significantly reduce a man’s risk of prostate cancer.
What qualifies as frequently? According to recent research from Harvard University, men who have 21 or more orgasms per month could cut their odds by 33%.
To reach these findings, researchers surveyed 31,925 men, sending them questionnaires about how often they engaged in self-love. The study team then tracked the participants for 18 years, recording which men developed prostate cancer in that time period. The men were assessed at three different points: the year before the questionnaire was distributed, in their 20s, and again in their 40s.
The study conclusion? More frequent rates of self service were associated with lower rates of prostate cancer.
Despite this study and other research, experts still aren’t entirely sure why orgasms are a key to better health. Many doctors, including Ian Kerner, PhD, a psychotherapist and se*uality counselor in New York City, believe that Release might flush out harmful toxins and bacteria, which would otherwise build up in the prostate.
But self service isn’t the only way to do that, Kerner points out. “There isn’t a difference in whether the Release happens via self service or with a partner,” he says. “So making s*x a priority is also helpful.”
Beyond the prostate flush, Dr. Kerner says self service comes with a whole slew of benefits, such as giving a dude the chance to experience pleasure and relaxation. “It’s an opportunity to engage in self-care,” he explains. “self service can also be a healthy distraction mechanism and a natural way of regulating anxiety.”
Of course, self servicing at least 21 times a month certainly isn’t a surefire way to avoid prostate cancer. Kerner also recommends sticking with a plant-based diet, incorporating plenty of fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and “consuming red foods such as tomatoes that are rich in lycopene, as well as soy products that contain isoflavones.” He also advises getting regular physicals that include a prostate exam, and plenty of exercise