There are various points of view regarding the benefits or harms of sexual abstinence. We will try to list all of them, and draw certain conclusions.
Official medicine: abstinence is harm!
Representatives of official medicine advocate ongoing sexual relations in men of all ages . Moreover, there is a claim that regular sex life is an integral part of men's health.
However, this is true, for the most part, for the treatment of stagnant forms of prostatitis, and not bacterial. So, during the course of treatment and for several months after it, it is recommended to have regular sexual relations. The rhythmic filling and emptying of the prostate gland, according to urologists, helps to increase and maintain its functionality. This is especially true for men of middle and older ages, when manifestations of prostatitis are most frequent.
Sexual function and hormonal background
Prolonged sexual abstinence (from several years), according to doctors, can lead to complete inability to commit sexual intercourse. This consequence can be caused by “turning off” the erectile function, as if the person had not used the muscles, and they gradually atrophied.
As for changes in the hormonal background during abstinence, one study showed the maximum increase in endogenous testosterone in men on day 7 of abstinence, after which the hormone level gradually decreased to the initial level. However, there is no evidence of the effect of prolonged sexual abstinence on the level of sex hormones.
Hypodynamia and cardiovascular disease
A sedentary lifestyle associated with work or other causes is one of the precursors of modern diseases: obesity , cardiovascular pathologies, metabolic syndrome , etc. Sexual contact, in addition to satisfying carnal pleasures, is some form of physical activity, contributing to the prevention of cardio vascular diseases.
It is difficult to say how significant such a contribution to the prevention of general physical inactivity and cardiac pathologies is, however, doctors tend to regard sex as one of the pleasant types of physical activity, with all its positive properties.
About the influence of abstinence on sperm quality, there is no unequivocal opinion, since research in this area is controversial.
при проблемах с зачатием рекомендуется недлительное воздержание. Opinion 1: In case of problems with conception, a long abstinence is recommended. This is argued by the fact that the amount of ejaculate (and sperm) in this case increases. However, it is important to understand that sperm cells must first of all have the ability to fertilize the egg, that is, to be mobile. Their number only increases the chance that one of the sperm will be capable of this.
при проблемах с зачатие рекомендуется учащенное семяизвержение. Opinion 2: for problems with conception, rapid ejaculation is recommended. This is argued by improving the quality of sperm , due to the constant update of sperm and the removal of their "old" counterparts.
Depending on a man’s sexual constitution, abstinence can lead to changes in behavior: in many individuals, sexual abstinence is manifested by temper and irritability. This behavior is characteristic of men with a high sexual constitution, when the lack of output of sexual energy causes internal discomfort. Depending on the sexual temperament in some individuals, characteristic changes in behavior may appear after a few days of abstinence.
Some men can tolerate the absence of sexual discharge much more easily and may not notice any discomfort at all. Perhaps this is also due to the low sexual constitution.
When is abstinence shown?
, когда медицина рекомендует воздержаться от половых контактов является наличие у мужчин острых сердечных патологий. The first case when medicine recommends abstaining from sexual intercourse is the presence in men of acute cardiac pathologies. In this case, sexual contact can be fatal. Moreover, such cases are already known to history.
, когда медицина признает воздержание уместным и даже желательным, это отказ от неразборчивых сексуальных связей, без использования контрацепции (презервативов). The second case , when medicine recognizes abstinence as appropriate and even desirable, is the refusal of indiscriminate sexual relations, without the use of contraception (condoms). Such connections, in addition to the direct risk of STD infection, provoke the introduction of foreign bacterial microflora with a subsequent risk of complications if there is a weakening of the immune system.
Alternative view: abstinence is good!
In Taoist sexual practices of antiquity, popularized by some modern authors, one of which is Mantek Chia, men sought to minimize the loss of seminal fluid. Taoists believed that together with the seed, a man loses his vitality , which could be used to improve the body, transform into creativity.
However, this does not mean that the Taoists did not have sex. On the contrary, their sexual contacts in their number and duration exceeded many reasonable limits of the present time. But how did they manage to save the seed and have sex? The fact is that Taoists were the first to discover that orgasm and ejaculation are two different processes that, if desired, can be separated using special techniques. This sexual practice made it possible to have many orgasms in a row without losing ejaculation. As a result, the man not only did not lose sexual energy with ejaculation, but also recharged her, receiving an orgasm without ejaculation, and also completely controlled the duration of sexual intercourse and their number.
The modern manifestation of Taoist practices
Many examples of the use of Taoist concepts (perhaps not consciously) can be seen in modern life. For example, the great boxer Muhammad Ali, refrained from sex a few weeks before the upcoming fight, arguing that the preservation and increase in strength for the fight. Many modern athletes have adopted this tactic, and abstinence before important competitions is a common practice in amateur and professional sports.
Not only athletic success can be improved by saving and redirecting sexual energy. Many talented and extraordinary individuals use sexual energy to improve their creative potential in such areas as art, business, self-development. In one of the best-selling books in the business literature genre, Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich,” one of the steps to prosperity is called the “Mystery of Sexual Transmutation.” The essence of sexual transmutation is to direct sexual energy in the direction you need . The author gives his observations, based on an analysis of the biographies of successful men, that many of them achieved success at the age of 50-60, when they learned to save and use their sexual energy to improve their creative potential.
Physiological aspects of ejaculation
Sperm contains a large number of substances important for the health of the body (ascorbic acid, zinc , docosahexaenoic acid, choline, vitamin B 12 , calcium, magnesium), which leave it during ejaculation. With frequent ejaculation, depletion of nutrient reserves is possible, which negatively affects overall health. In addition, energy is expended on the production of sperm, which could be used to restore the body.
Abstinence promotes reuse of seminal fluid, and thanks to this reabsorption, has a positive effect on the health of the individual and his mental abilities.
What conclusions can be drawn based on all of the above? First of all:
- Indiscriminate sexual intercourse without the use of contraception clearly affects the health of men;
- Your frequency of sexual activity should correspond to your sexual constitution, that is, for each man there will be an optimal rhythm of sexual life, which must be adhered to. Forcing or decreasing the number of sexual acts in relation to your sexual constitution can adversely affect your physical and emotional health. For middle-aged men, the so-called conditionally physiological rhythm is considered the norm , the frequency of sexual intercourse at which reaches 2-3 times a week. However, if your needs are not prescribed in a given amount, forcing will only lead to overwork;
- Sexual energy can be used to improve creative and athletic performance.