Compared to same-age men who reported never masturbating, 50-something frequent masturbators had a 70% lower risk of prostate cancer. They suggest that young men genetically predisposed to have hormone-sensitive prostate cancer will be at higher risk if their bodies naturally produce high levels of male hormones -- the same hormones that give them an intense sex drive.So it's not masturbation itself that's increasing prostate cancer risk in young men.
"Not too much, and not none at all." Dimitropoulou and colleagues report their findings in the January issue of BJU International.
In spite of historical efforts depicting masturbation as a practice perniciously impacting health, current research instead finds it is an important aspect of healthy sexual development.
Available research however does not necessarily support this assertion and instead finds that that masturbation is actually healthy in relationships.
Early on Kinsey discerned a link between sexual satisfaction in relationships and prior orgasmic experiences; he found that women who had not experienced orgasm before marriage were much less likely to be orgasmic with their partners in marriage. ”) If this were true, men and women who have active sex lives would be expected to masturbate less frequently than persons without partners.
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To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. 27, 2009 -- Frequent masturbation in young men is linked to higher risk of early prostate cancer, but it lowers prostate cancer risk for men in their 50s, a study shows.
High levels of male sex hormones, or androgens, may increase a man's risk of prostate cancer.
But different studies of this question, done in different ways, have reached different conclusions.
Alfred Kinsey and his work on male and female sexuality galvanized this shift in perspective; he found that almost all of the men and more than half of the women he interviewed reported having masturbated in the past.