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Is It Unhealthy To Orgasm, Jerk Off, Ejaculate or Masturbate?

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

Tim Ferris has popularized the notion that orgasming decreases lifespan.

I want to dispel this myth. I have yet to see any of the studies he speaks about and he did not provide any of them when I asked him in the comments section.

Orgasms Increase Lifespan

For twenty years, scientists followed 914 Welsh men aged 45-59.

In the group with the highest orgasmic frequency (2X a week), the chance of dying from all causes was 50% lower compared to the group with the lowest frequency of orgasms.

The more orgasms, the lower the chance of dying; the fewer orgasms, the higher the chance of dying. This association was most pronounced in those with heart disease.

The study adjusted for age, social class, blood pressure, smoking and heart disease at baseline [1].

I’m assuming a large part of this has to do with people who are less healthy orgasm less frequently. People with heart problems notoriously have a low libido, but they did adjust for heart disease at baseline.

But given the magnitude of the correlation and the fact that they accounted for significant confounding variables, I tend to believe that orgasms increase lifespan or at least don’t decrease it. Also, they’re clear mechanisms by which it decreases heart disease risk such as decreasing blood pressure, relieving stress. I think of worst, you will break even with lifespan if you ejaculate 3X a week.

Now, the people they followed were all ejaculating. With injaculating, I believe this will provide a much greater effect on longevity.

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen won the genetic lottery of bad genes. As a kid, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine.Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”. With thousands of experiments and pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers.Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO of SelfHacked, SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer.His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health.
Joe has been studying health sciences for 17 years and has read over 30,000 PubMed articles. He's given consultations to over 1000 people who have sought his health advice. After completing the pre-med requirements at university, he founded SelfHacked because he wanted to make a big impact in improving global health. He's written hundreds of science posts, multiple books on improving health, and speaks at various health conferences. He's keen on building a brain-trust of top scientists who will improve the level of accuracy of health content on the web. He's also founded SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer, popular genetic and lab software tools to improve health.

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