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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8 COMMENTS

  • bob

    I’m finding an interesting connection between sex and exercise.

    But not at the same time…yet… 😉

    I think the research showing greater health with greater frequency of sex might be due to the release of endorphins and so forth.

    My experience says that exercise within 24 hours or so of sex makes the exercise go much better.

    Could it be that Ponce de Leon (who has a name like that?) traveled all around Florida looking for the fountain of youth….but forgot to to look downwards…so to speak. Probably those nuns again.

  • Dan

    I have not masturbated for approximately 3 years and my life has been so gratifying ever since I stopped. I usually get 95-100% on final exams in university, whereas I used to be the class dumbass. Such an undertaking is bound to have a profound effect on the brain. Liability to a zinc deficiency is also a possibility.

    Research on this subject would require a large sample size of human beings that abstain from masturbation for a long period of time. Good luck finding that large sample size.

  • bob

    Read….The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know?

    The biggest issue most men probably have is the idea instilled from birth (?) that you need other people for sexual gratification. Some experience with “sexual meditation” will make you aware that other people try to control you sexually at all stages of your life. You will find many “blockages” physical and mental and emotional…etc. Primary sexual experience and awareness (involving only your own awareness) would be the goal.

    As far as avoiding ejaculation…I’m 50-50 on that so far…. Guessing that as you get older…you should probably conserve.

  • Pc

    There’s a condition called post orgasmic illness syndrome you might want to look into. Orgasm can cause histamine release and for some it can lead to full blown allergy.

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      I’m aware

  • K

  • K

    check this out joe
    why not do sex trans mutation like when you said your libido goes out of control why not do more exercises like press ups, and endorphins dampen down libido, What’s your take on semen retention because you have to admit that ejaculating isn’t perfect and their is some loss.

  • lordilol

    lol at leaving comments on tim ferris,
    the guys is a “entitled elite” you dont expect him to go out of his way for you, unless he earns some cash.
    also he might be a psychopath. 🙂

    thus he will write whatever his readers want to read, to sell empty promises and gain some cash at gullible people in return. he is basically a politic playing in “self help field”.

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