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. (R)

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.

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