The prostate gland is one of the most distinctive features in the anatomy of a man. Its unique nature stems from the fact that it plays an essential role in male ejaculation. More specifically, the prostate gland excretes an alkaline fluid that constitutes 30% of semen volume. Making semen slightly alkaline is important because this alkalinity neutralizes the acidity found within female reproductive organs. This neutralization helps the spermatozoa to survive for a long period as they seek to fertilize a female egg.
The prostate gland is also important for achieving an orgasm. Did you know that it is possible for a man to achieve an organism through the stimulation of his prostate only?
Unfortunately, this gland is also susceptible to various medical conditions including cancer.
Prostate cancer and ejaculation: a scientific study
Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common form of cancer in men. It is also the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in men. Over 300,000 men worldwide died from this illness in 2012. A new study published in the European Urology Journal suggests ejaculating frequently throughout adulthood reduces a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. The study conducted by researchers from Harvard University involved 32,000 men. It started in 1992 and ended in 2010. In this period, 4,000 men of the 32,000 developed prostate cancer.
Only 290 men who ejaculated more than 21 times a month developed prostate cancer. The rest of the cases i.e. 3,710 cases involved men who ejaculated less than 21 times a month. The study revealed that men who ejaculate often are 22% less likely to develop prostate cancer by the time they reach their 40s.
Jennifer Rider, who is now an assistant professor at Boston University, led the study while she was at Harvard. She noted that men who ejaculated rarely (once a month or less) suffered more from medical problems than men who ejaculated at least three or more times in a month. In this case, she was talking about medical conditions other than prostate cancer. Dr. John Gore, a researcher at Washington University, supports her findings. He believes that frequent ejaculation promotes good health in a man.
Is the study conclusive?
Siobhan Sutcliffe, a researcher from Washington University urges caution when interpreting this study on ejaculation and prostate cancer. She notes that the study is a preliminary examination of the issue as opposed to being a conclusive study. She says it is too soon to tell people that ejaculating frequently is a means of preventing prostate cancer. Jennifer Rider concurs with her, but she adds that the findings are correct and statistically reliable.