Does frequent ejaculation cause any health problems? We receive a surprising number of emails asking about this. Particularly, there quite a few guys who worry about frequent masturbation. Does it harm reproductive health? We asked urologist and male fertility specialist Dr. Kathleen Hwang this question. Here’s what she had to say:
What Happens to Sperm When You Ejaculate Multiple Times a Day?
Sperm are created and develop on a natural 72-day cycle called spermatogenesis. The testicle is lined with 25 feet of micro tubing that sperm flow through as they mature. Once they are fully developed, the sperm are ready to be released into semen and ejaculated out of the body. It takes about 2 days to refill the store of semen and sperm following an ejaculation. If a man ejaculates multiple times a day the amount of fluid and sperm that come out gets lower and lower with each subsequent ejaculation. Fluid also tends to get more watery.
Can Ejaculating Too Much Harm My Health?
The short answer is no. There are not any harms that frequent ejaculation will cause the body.
If you are actively trying to conceive, frequent ejaculation lowers chances of conception because sperm count will be lower with each shot. It is a little counter-intuitive. It is easy to think, the more we have sex, the better our chances of conceiving. Ideally, it is a good idea to have sex every 2-3 days to optimize sperm health in each ejaculation. Too much more than that and counts will be lower. Less than that and some of the sperm will start to age inside the body and may not swim as well.
What If I Don’t Ejaculate Enough? Does That Cause a Problem?
Again, the short answer is no. If sperm are not released by the body through ejaculation, they eventually die and are reabsorbed by the body. Once fully developed, sperm can live a few weeks inside the testicle waiting to be ejaculated. As they age, they tend to get less motile and eventually they die and stop swimming altogether.
When trying to conceive, it is good to try to “clean out the pipes” at least once a week to ensure a healthy crop of sperm whenever you are attempting conception.
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