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. See what she had to say.

Does frequent ejaculation cause any health problems? We receive a surprising number of emails asking about this. Particularly, there are quite a few guys who worry about frequent masturbation, and if it harms reproductive health. We asked urologist and male fertility specialist Dr. Kathleen Hwang these questions, and 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. Frequent ejaculation will not cause harm to the body.

If you are actively trying to conceive, frequent ejaculation does lower 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 Don't Cook your Balls, Co-Founder of TrakFertility.com, Health Coach and Men's Health Advocate. Passionate about sperm, men's health and helping people build their families.
Sara SDx

Author: Sara SDx

Editor of Don't Cook your Balls, Co-Founder of TrakFertility.com, Health Coach and Men's Health Advocate. Passionate about sperm, men's health and helping people build their families.

145 thoughts on “DocTalk: Will Ejaculating Too Much Hurt Me?”

  1. Hi good day/night does ejaculate weakend your penis if you ejaculate every-day? If you don’t have sex a long while what will happen?

    1. There are lots of debates about this among men that you can read in the comments below. I would suggest that you post in the forum to start a conversation about this topic.

  2. I had been masturbating for the pass 6 years Everyday
    Twice a day , will I get liver damage from over masturbation ?

  3. Hi I’m​ 25 years old. I’m having irritation pain and tenderness around left side of abs after masturbation does its happening due to abdominal muscles?

    1. At 14, I might suggest waiting a few years to better understand what you are getting into.

  4. hi sara
    im ejaculate every day and now i feel a pain in my testicle and to may prostate gland or in my bladder
    its starts when i was ejaculating ,when i fell like im about to cum stop releasing my sperm and i dont mean it..
    pllsss help me heres may fb acount blackshadow_nikk@yahoo.com can you pot your advice in my fb cuz i dont have a time
    because im to busy of my work plss help…tnkx sara…

    1. I’m not entirely sure what is going on. The comment doesn’t make complete sense to me. If you are experiencing pain regularly, I would recommend that you get it checked with a urologist

      1. I ejaculate on average like 15 times a week. I’m always tired but I can’t stop. How long will it take for my body to find that equilibrium if i abstain for a while.? Please help

        1. I am now 49 years old married with a sex life most men would envy. I have sex 1-2 times daily (because my wife wants it that much) and I still master are on occassion.

  5. Hello. I’m 20 year old male and I have developed one very delicate problem I would like to discuss with you. About few years ago I started to feel strong pain after ejaculating.
    You see, I’ve never had sex before. All this time I have never experience a problem like this and this scares me a bit. The pain is at the tip of my right testicle and every time I ejaculate this really chunky sperm comes out.Also anytime I get close a girl I start to feel the pain and it scares me a lot I went to a doctor he said I should stop eating pastries and sugar related foods.. Also my urine streams in terms of how strong or steady the flow is, it seems normal, just right to get it into the urinal or toilet. This is the average thing because sometimes flow is stronger, sometimes weaker. There are also times that I have difficulty starting but those times are really rare and when I mean difficulty, I mean 10-20 seconds of waiting at the very most. And when I say waiting, there is no real exertion to urinate involved. After I finish, it drips a little and that’s it. (I was just wondering about the dribbling thing. What exactly does it there anything to do to prevent this from happening?
    Could this be something dangerous although I know that this couldn’t be some sexually transmitted diseases…

    1. This sounds a little bit like a urinary tract infection, which is pretty common. Did the doctor test for that?

      1. Yes, He tested me and said I don’t have any kind of that diseases.. I even ask him if I have any prostate issues? He said no. He gave me a medicine but same old stuff

          1. Hi Sara I’ve done the test and it’s Urine Tract Infection..But can you please suggest a medicine for me ..Because the medicine that they gave me, I’ve seen no improvement..Please help..Kind regards

  6. I usually get aroused pretty easily in my teenage years like from just any woman.But now that i’m 26 it’s not the case anymore like only certain types of woman would do. Is that a bad sign?

    1. It’s pretty normal. It is important to maintain a healthy respect and admiration for women. Sexual attraction and energy will change throughout your life.
      When you get into a committed relationship, emotional affection usually will increase desire for sex.

  7. Hi I am 14 and how does a dick get big I have a cum shot every day is thst bad? Will my dick still get big? When will it get big

    1. It grows differently for each boy. It should be full size in your early 20s. Average lengths vary quite a bit.
      Daily ejaculation at your age is pretty normal. Try not to overdo it. Spend time with friends and doing fun things. 14 is a fun age in life 🙂

      1. Hi sara im 15 and i just finished my nofap for a week and ifapped earlier and i notice i cummed alot like alot than before is this normal?

        1. Yes. If you take a break from ejaculating, then the seminal fluid will go back to its normal consistency.

  8. Hi i am 25 year old and i do masturbation now from some days i am facing problem that during ejeculation there is only some drops of sperm release i am very wory about it what happend to me i try again and again but problem is same i rest 2 days than again masturbate but same result plz help me

    1. Maybe take a break from masturbating. If you are still worried, you can go see a doctor about it. They can do an exam to make sure everything is healthy.

  9. Hi …….i am at the age of 20…i am ejaculating up to 5 times a week…..does it reduces the chance of coceiving my wife in future….please explain me

  10. Good topic and reassuring explanation!
    But i have a Question to ask: DO frequent ejaculation (eg,daily) can cause baldness in men? ( like from increase Testosterone hormone in our body?)
    And i heard also that frequent ejaculation can cause memory loss, i don’t quite believe in this one. I hope you can help me with this.
    Thanks sara.

  11. I masturbate twice a day and ejaculate rougly a pint sometimes slightly less my ejaculation is thick (goey like) has a yellowish tint and smells very strong (in a bad way) I have always felt fatigued after I ejaculate but I do it still because “I like to cum” but also I feel that it’s good to release the sperm so it doesn’t “rot inside of me” I feel like I’m detoxify ing myself is there truth to that? Also I didnt have sex with anyone since my last std test about 4 years ago so do you maybe know why why my ejaculation is the way it is?

    1. Your last STD test came back negative? The smell is a little concerning but the rest sounds normal.

      Masturbating a couple times a day is not harmful. But also not necessary.
      It is ok for sperm to “rot inside you” that is a natural process and completely normal for the body.

      Does this help?

      1. Yea my test was negative also i have a lump on the left side of my.Of my my V (the area where most of the pubic hair grows) sometimes its inflamed and it scares me because i feel like its gonna pop or something do tou know what thay may be?

  12. Im 17 i have been ejaculating 6-7 time per week since 12.is that harmfull or will cause any problem for me to conceive

      1. I hadn’t seen nofap, useful commmunity. My comments are strictly on biology so I appreciate you sharing.

  13. Hi Sara , I’m 19 but I don’t have a manly voice (I mean i still have the same voice as 13-14) is it becase i masturbate too much or maybe it will change ?

    1. Have you experienced other changes in your body — growth of hair, widening of shoulders, enlargement of your manly organs?

  14. I have a habbit of releasing sperms from junior kg and STILL my habbit of releasing sperms has not stopped. Whenever I see something porn on my computer or thing about porn without pressing my pennis gets thight and releases sperms. I read on a website that frequent sperm ejuction can make our thick sperms watery and affect our future happiness…Is that true?

    1. They will be temporarily watery but it will get thick again when you stop ejaculating for a day or two.

      Happiness is connected to many things — your health, your relationships, your work — so many things. If you focus on sex, the rest of your life can get out of balance and you can loose your happiness, but ejaculation by itself will not steal your happiness.

  15. From last 4 days there is a little pain at lower abdomen
    And from the last Monday I’m suffering from fever

  16. I m ejacuating from last 6 years but from past 2 years i m feeling soft pain in my shoulders and weakness in my both legs and feeling unbalance this is killing me . I m feeling low quality of life plz help

  17. this is a small and real story about me…now I’m 27..when I was in 4th standard were playing tree climbing game in my village with friends..when I tried to climb that friction gave a good feeling I’m not sure what is it..when I felt to it again and again am going to do climb a tree…after that I’m addicted to it….still today…but when I just thinking about sex it’s suddenly gets out and night fall also….I’m confused…please give me a best solution.

    1. You still climb trees for sexual pleasure? Different things feel good to different people.
      Is this causing a problem in your life?

          1. Physical weakness, and pain occurred one or two times in testicular..as same when my mind think about sex it’s comes out suddenly.when I slept day or night it’s again fall.not any improvement in body it’s same the last 5year’s.one morething is its get down with in a 5minuts.

  18. Hi Please Reply me
    i have a serious Problem That I am Attracted towards Same Gender When someone even My Friend is Close to me. It happens at Night when someone is Sleeping Behind me. I used to Touch his Body and After a few Hours i am Automatically Discharged mean Ejaculation occur during Awake. This is Happening for a long Time.
    Is this Harmful?
    Is there any solution?
    Please let me Know

        1. Maybe there are some therapists, doctors or psychologists in your country that you can talk to. They may have some good solutions.

    1. Could be issue with prostate or UTI. You might want to visit a urologist to get checked out.

  19. I heard too much ejaculation makes one become lin and at times causes serious headaches. How true is this?

    1. It’s kind of crazy what people think about ejaculating. Science doesn’t support most of the myths that are out there about masturbation / ejaculation and health. It doesn’t make you go blind nor does it give you hairy palms. It can impact the balance of your hormones as there are a lot of physiological changes in the body that occur to support erection and ejaculation. These physiological changes can be felt — a good example is when the process is interrupted and a guy gets blue balls. Another common sensation is to feel sleepy after ejaculation due to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is associated with affection. I haven’t heard about headaches. If you get serious headaches after ejaculation, it might be worth discussing with a doctor.

  20. I’ve been experiencing nocturnal emissions for a year regularly once a week. Does this affect testosterone levels or its action ? Even at 17 I haven’t grown any facial hair . Is it normal ?

    1. Nocturnal emissions are normal and healthy. Sometimes lack of facial hair is a genetic thing and is completely normal? Do you have other symptoms of low T?

      1. Actually I have some facial hair. But after these emissions they seem to have stopped facial hair growth. Boys who had less facial hair than me now have adult beards. I feel tired all day and have low confidence. My voice is not that hoarse as it was before.

  21. Comment…hi sara…
    im ejaculating since i was 14 years old and for now im 24 years old and still im doing that for twice a day..my question is that can ejaculation may cause to kidney stone or any kidney problems? thankyou..

        1. If you are having pain or difficulty urinating, there could be. You might want to go to the urologist to get checked out.

    1. Answer: No. Ejaculation won’t cause kidney stones because kidney stones are created because Kidney stones form when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances — such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid — than the fluid in your urine can dilute. At the same time, your urine may lack substances that prevent crystals from sticking together, creating an ideal environment for kidney stones to form. When you ejaculate your semen is not crystalline and it has a different fluid and consistency than urine. Urine is different from semen.

  22. Hi Sara
    I used to do lot of ejaculation from past 2 years, till few months back I dint even have any side effects . But from past 3 months I was having lots of hair lose issue and eye visionary problem. Should I give a break for it ? What should I do to get rid of side effects .

    1. I don’t think these issues are due to ejaculation. I would recommend going to a doctor for a check up.

  23. Iam 17 and I experience nocturnal emissions frequently about once or twice a month . Does this affect testosterone levels or its actions ? I have not been able to grow facial hair even after puberty .

    1. Nocturnal emissions are a sign that the reproductive system is functioning well. Sometimes lack of facial hair is just a genetic variation. Do you have other symptoms that make you feel like you might have low testosterone levels?

      1. Actually I have some facial hair. But after these emissions they seem to have stopped facial hair growth. Boys who had less facial hair than me now have adult beards. I feel tired all day and have low confidence. My voice is not that hoarse as it was before.

  24. Man…this is ridiculous….
    A group of man trying to get advice on masturbation and effects on healths with a woman that seems to give random guru advice.
    This is all bull crap. Man can have regular and healthy sex without having to masturbate excessively.
    I’m a sports man and trust me try to masturbate before going to do any intensive sports you’ll end up looking like a little coward seeking only to rest and drink water.
    In chinese medecine, the sperm is named “qi” essence of life, also known as the fruit of man.
    Masturbation time to time should be ok but twice or thrice a day is really slowly killing yoursef . You guys out there don’t be naive just because someone writes a book doesn’t mean anything.

  25. Is it ok if I ejaculate too much. Sometimes I get worried that I’m doing something that I shouldn’t be doing. Sometimes i feet pain in my organs and I would use the bathroom frequently.Thanks

  26. I’ve masturbated twice or thrice daily for 15 years. Do you think this can lead to low sperm count or inability to produce babies? I’m getting married in two months!

      1. Hi Sara
        I used to do lot of ejaculation from past 2 years, till few months back I dint even have any side effects . But from past 3 months I was having lots of hair lose issue and eye visionary problem. Should I give a break for it ? What should I do to get rid of side effects .

    1. I have been masturbating for 6 years,everytime i cum,i always have this eye issue,lyk my eyes are dried,nd also experience severe back pains,plzz y??

    2. no, masturbation does not lead to low sperm count or infertility. You should be fine, but if you have trouble, I would recommend getting a semen analysis to make sure that everything is working properly.

  27. Does masturbating twice a day cause back pain? Why does it feels like there is a big pain at the back where the kidney is at the left side after ejaculation…
    Is there any side effect or illness if you continue masturbating everyday?

    1. Interestingly, the nerves that connect to the kidney are connected to the testis. So sometimes kidney infections can cause testicular pain and vice versa. Ejactulation shouldn’t cause pain. If the pain is high, I would suggest a visit to urologist to get checked out for a possible UTI or kidney infection.

      Mastubation by itself shouldn’t cause pain.

      1. Does masturbating twice a day cause back pain? Why does it feels like there is a big pain at the back where the kidney is at the left side after ejaculation…
        Is there any side effect or illness if you continue masturbating everyday?
        And masturbating everyday cause low sperm count?

  28. I cum 2 times a day and then my balls turned dry the skin out side my balls it turned dry it look like dead skin please

  29. Do you believe that excessive ejaculation could be linked the gynecomastia? After a few self trials of excessive masturbating (at least once a day) for a week and not masturbating for a week or more I noticed that my my nipples were more puffy and soft during the weeks of masturbating and I didn’t feel as alert and strong compared to the weeks of no masturbation where my nipples weren’t puffy, my chest was tighter, and I felt more alert and agile during these weeks. Routine of excersize were the same during this experiment.

    1. You are the best source of data about you. I’ve not read a link between the two but every person is different. Little experiments like this can help you to better understand your own biology. If something seems to cause issues for you and you repeat several times and the result is the same, it might cause issues for you.

  30. What about master baiting to hard and holding the penis to hard? Will that have a effect on the skin

  31. Some of these questions lol but I have been using a vibrator I am a girl so I don’t produce like the babies I just hold them LOL so I was wondering even doing that a lot in one session because I have masochism and I wanted to see how I need to g I have been using a vibrator I am a girl so I don’t produce like the babies I just hold them LOL so I was wondering even doing that a lot in one session because I have masochism and I wanted to see how I could go And I also would get burning down there when I go for too longSo my question is what could cause that and also if this will affect my health because I’ve heard that sex is like very energy taking and it’s like doing exercises even though you’re not exactly doing exercises but it takes them ou so my question is what could cause that and also if this will affect my health because I’ve heard that sex is like very energy taking and it’s like doing exercises even though you’re not exactly doing exercises but it takes the Same energy

  32. thank you, this article is very interresting and reassuring.

    but i have one question.

    there are lot of zinc in one ejaculation(0,5 mg) ,if i ejaculate multiple time by day i can be in zinc deficiency. On internet i see often this argument, it’s logical no ?

    1. It is logical.

      I haven’t ever seen a study that looks at zinc deficiency with ejaculation frequency.

      I have seen studies that suggest that zinc supplementation can help improve sexual function in males. (most of the studies are done on rats).
      If you are worried just make sure that you have zinc on your diet.

      1. I been maturbate for a while I am 18, I can not get hard at all. I am embarrassed of doing anything with a girl. I don’t feel like my age the doctors says everything is fine. But I do not get a strong erection like I used too.

        1. Did this change suddenly or has it always been like this?
          Did the doctor do an exam?
          Did you get a blood test for testosterone?
          Are you experiencing any difficulties in life?

  33. I’ve been experiencing irregular heartbeat randomly and without much provocation recently and it never happened until I started giving myself multiple ejaculations in one session. Sometimes, if I try to ejaculate twice in very quick succession, I even experience what feels like palpitations.

    I’ve seen a couple sources that claim frequently ejaculating can cause problems with the electrical impulse system controlling your heart beat, what is your thoughts on this?

  34. i’m single,boy aged 21 years old. my question is that if i keep on ejaculating every time or everyday does it affect my hormones? i was wondering that as men who masturbate everyday can limit sperm but we do not know how much. please help on this argument.

    1. There haven’t been any known physical ailments caused by masturbation (other than sore wrist) However, frequent masturbation can lead to lack of friendships, loneliness or depression if you do not get out of the house enough. Hope this helps.

      1. sara sdx i am 16 years and i am sperming from last year i have spermed 2 times a day and some times 3 now i got scrotum varicocle my left scrotum is swelling without pain can i get a baby in feature and can i continue mastrubating or i have to stop

        1. You might want to get a semen analysis to see if the varicocele is impacting fertility. You might also want to see a urologist about the swelling to make sure that everything is ok.

          Masturbating shouldn’t cause any issues.

  35. I actually ejaculate even if I have No feelings.so sometimes I wake up and realise that i have actually released.what surprise me is I even do this when i m nervous.is that really normal ?

  36. I do ejaculate almost every day
    But if I start masturbating it comes out quickly and my penis dissolve immediately and I’ll feel tired
    Pls what is happening to me??

    1. it happens with some people but it is all psychological. you have somehow in your mind ideas from past that make yo think that it was a tiresome process so you need to rest(!)… While actually if you are not physically weak you need no rest or sleep unless you have not slept from a long time {from 20 hrs at least]…
      juhahuja85@gmail.com
      feel free to add…to this.
      feb 2018

  37. 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?

    1. 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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  39. Hi
    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.

    1. 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.

      1. Dear sara,

        I Believe you are spreading wrong information. Npt on purpose maybe.
        You answered to a man who is trying to make babies that he can basicly do what he wants. And that it wil work just the same now i will quote a part of the article:

        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.

        So it clearly says that ideal for making kids you need to wait 2 to 3 days! You cant pounce your wife 3 thimes a day and expect healty sperm. Optimal sperm healt is 2 to 3 days! And this is without taking age in account as your age may influence the reproducrion of healty sperm. Also when holding it for to long the sperm might be aged and not as good anymore! May have trouble swimming. Also clearly in the article.
        And to buddy who asked Shame! read the page and then ask away

        Also to answer the manny questions on the headaches and the piercing eyes.
        This is treu you can get a headache or piercing eyeball pain. Now the reason behind this is verry simple.
        You stupids are pulling your string to hard pushing out boddy fluids. And probebly not drinking enough WATTER! your boddy needs to get watter to cool down from your hard work. So the best place is the eyeball and the brain resulting in headache and eye pain!

        Normaly you need to drink 2 to 3 litters of watter a day. Now when having sex of any kind you are losing a lot of body fluids. You may sweat wich is less water in your boddy. When you ejaculate you lose a bit of bodyfluids or a lot depending in your shooting style. Even before ejaculating you may (pre-eject)
        The natural way of lubing your penis.
        So result you need to replenish your water level zo better drink 3 to 4 litres of water after having steaming sex.
        NOW BE AWARE to much water in your boddy will mess up your salt lvl wich i believe can be fatal if i remember correct.
        Not drinking enough WATTER might be the problem some people have with their kidneys
        To man who are like me with sex.
        Just go for it 8 to 10 hours multiple ejecting-isch like a wommen (Not losing your boner wich is possible) and just keep going beacuse its fucking awesome having a big sex drive. And ALL male liking wommen they like it 2. dont lie about it! We know its true!
        Now i drink about 4 to 6 liters WATER in that time. Know your boddy and feel what it needs.

        If you get close to me or beyond me with your steamy bedroom expieriences.
        Then you may have noticed that your legs get num. Be carefull getting up for some reason your legs are missing blood! Resulting in that jou cannot stand on you legs and just tumble over and yes that stuff hutts. CAITION when having sex and you do not switch your positions
        There is a small schance you might devellop a blood kloth wich can be tethal.

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