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Am I Normal: How Often Do Men Need to Ejaculate?

Do you worry about masturbating too much? Or have you read an article about the health benefits of ejaculating in the news and wonder if you're doing it enough? It's completely normal to wonder what's normal.

As humans, we naturally compare ourselves to our peers — we can't help it. But, ejaculation is not something that often comes up in conversation at the dinner table. 

So, we're here to break down the facts for you. Are there health benefits? Are there any risks to ejaculating too often? Let's delve into the statistics, the science, and take a look at ejaculation in a little more detail. 

How often is it normal to ejaculate?

First — let's get straight to the point. There is no normal. Think about it. The number of times you ejaculate will vary throughout your life depending on your age, sexual activity, relationship status, lifestyle, health, etc. Therefore, the number of times you ejaculate per day/week/month will change too.

Everybody loves a statistic, though, right? In 2018, sex toy company TENGA conducted a survey of over 13,000 people, age 18-74, across 18 countries. The survey showed that 57% of 18-24 year-olds masturbate weekly.

In a Canadian study carried out in 2016, a survey of over 2000 men and women aged 40-59 highlighted that men are nearly seven times more likely than women to masturbate four or more times per week.

However, these studies only consider ejaculation through masturbation, not when having sex. In short, everyone is different. You may ejaculate daily, weekly, monthly, or less — and that's absolutely normal.

Now, let’s get to the interesting part. There may be a few health benefits to make you feel extra good about ejacualting. 

What are the benefits of ejaculation?

Is it really beneficial to your health? There are actually several research studies that have looked into the benefits of ejaculation.

Let's start with one of the most talked-about studies. In 2016, the European Urology journal published the results from a study conducted over 18 years, including nearly 32,000 men in the United States. It specifically looked at the connection between ejaculation frequency and prostate cancer. 

The results showed that men were 20% less likely to develop prostate cancer if they ejaculated more than 20 times per month (21 times was actually the magic number). Although the study's findings are positive, it relied on self-reported answers, which could skew the results. The researchers acknowledge that additional research is needed to fully explore the link between ejaculation frequency and prostate cancer. 

Cancer isn’t the only potential benefit to ejaculating frequently. Other health benefits include:

  • A lower risk of heart disease - a study in the American Journal of Cardiology discusses that not having sex very often (once a month or less) can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Increased immunity - yes, studies show that sex boosts your immune system too!
  • The boost in feel-good hormones oxytocin and dopamine improves mood and helps to reduce stress and depression.
  • Better sleep quality - having an orgasm with a partner appears to have the most benefit in achieving better sleep and getting to sleep quicker. Still, orgasms achieved through self-masturbation were also perceived to improve sleep quality.

When you take all these benefits into account, it can't be a bad thing to orgasm and ejaculate frequently — can it?

Are there any risks associated with frequent ejaculation?

There are always urban myths flying around that masturbating too much is bad for you. Quite frankly, it isn't. There are no negative health benefits to ejaculating frequently. 

The only problem you may face is some discomfort if you don't use enough lubrication and start to get some friction burns or skin irritation — a little lubrication will sort that out, though. 

Why do some people choose not to ejaculate then? You may have heard about semen retention (avoiding ejaculation). There are claims that avoiding ejaculation improves energy levels, fertility, sexual pleasure, and emotional health. 

Although this concept has been around for a long time (in fact, it's ancient), there isn’t any substantial scientific evidence to back up the claims. There is some research that suggests that not masturbating helps with sperm motility (and therefore can help if you and a partner are trying to get pregnant).

In comparison, there also isn't much evidence to suggest it's a harmful practice either. So, it really is a personal choice as to whether you choose to ejaculate or not. 

The bottom line

In this case, most of the time, you can't have too much of a good thing. Whether you choose to ejaculate multiple times a day, daily, weekly, or monthly, it isn't doing you any harm. Quite the opposite, in fact. Research shows it's likely doing you some good! One thing to note: porn addiction is linked to erectile dysfunction — especially in young men. If you suspect porn addiction could be interfering with your sex life, it's time to talk to a professional.

Medically reviewed by
Dr. Kelly Anderson
Family Physician, MD, CCFP(EM)
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The views expressed here are those of the author and, as with the rest of the content on Active Ingredients, are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider.

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