DocTalk: Will Ejaculating Too Much Hurt Me?

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.

Sara SDx

Sara SDx

Editor of and co-founder of Trak Fertility. Interested in all research about men's health, sperm, balls & babymaking. Passionate that we can do better when it comes to male fertility and men's reproductive health.

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  1. Rahman July 30, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    The lower part of my left abdomen gives a pulsating pain harmoniously with the rhythm of ejaculation of course I masturbate but with ending of pleasurable pain I mean when everything is off the boil the pain is gone too .this has been with me for about 2 years.what should I do?

    • Sara SDx August 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      It sounds like an issue you should discuss with a doctor. Sometimes men can get inflammation in the prostate which can cause sensations like that. A doctor can diagnosis the issue and determine if you need any treatment.

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    • Sara SDx October 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

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  3. Khan July 28, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I have been married for seven months.we are actively trying since 7 months but no success so far. I have not my semen tested yet. I have been mastrubating almost daily since 12. I am now 30 years. Whould this be the problem while ttc. I have good sex drive and volume of semen is also food.
    My primary question is if we ejeculate frequently then testis will slow down their process and is it possible that epididymis can ejaculate immature sperms. For example if i do ejeculate for a year daily then is it possible that there will be no sperm in epididymis left.

    • Sara SDx August 5, 2016 at 4:27 am - Reply

      You make new sperm every day, so you can’t run out of sperm from ejaculating too much in the past. However, if you are trying to concieve you should try to limit yourself to one ejaculation (during intercourse) per day. This will ensure that healthy sperm are all going where they have a chance to make a baby.

      If you reach 12 months without concieving, you should get a semen analysis to see how healthy your sperm are.

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