There are different points of view about the benefits or harms of sexual abstinence. We will try to list all of them and draw certain conclusions.

Official medicine: temperance - harm!

Representatives of official medicine advocate for permanent sexual relations in men of all ages . Moreover, there is a statement that regular sex life is an integral part of men's health.


Regular sex life is recommended by urologists as a prerequisite for the treatment of chronic prostatitis !

However, this is true, for the most part, for the treatment of stagnant forms of prostatitis, rather than bacterial ones. So, during the course of treatment and for several months after it, it is recommended to have regular sex. Rhythmic filling and emptying of the prostate gland, according to urologists, contributes to the improvement and preservation of its functionality. This is especially true for men of middle and older age, when manifestations of prostatitis are most frequent.

Sexual function and hormones

Prolonged sexual abstinence (from several years), according to doctors, can lead to a complete inability to commit sexual intercourse. This effect can be caused by “turning off” the erectile function, as if the person did not use the muscles, and they gradually atrophied.

As for changes in hormonal levels during abstinence, one of the studies showed the maximum increase in endogenous testosterone in men on the 7th day of abstinence, after which the level of the hormone gradually decreased to the initial level. However, there is no data on the effect of prolonged sexual abstinence on the level of sex hormones.

Hypodynamia and cardiovascular diseases

A sedentary lifestyle associated with work or other causes is one of the forerunners of modern diseases: obesity , cardiovascular pathologies, metabolic syndrome , etc. Sexual contact, in addition to satisfying carnal pleasures, is some form of physical activity vascular diseases.

It is difficult to say how important such a contribution to the prevention of general physical inactivity and cardiac pathologies, however, doctors tend to regard sex as one of the pleasant types of physical activity, with all its positive properties.

Sperm quality

About the impact of abstinence on the quality of sperm, there is no unequivocal opinion, since research in this area is controversial.

при проблемах с зачатием рекомендуется недлительное воздержание. Opinion 1: For problems with conception, abstinence is recommended. It is argued that the amount of ejaculate (and sperm) increases. However, it is important to understand that spermatozoa must first of all have the ability to fertilize an egg, i.e. be mobile. Their number only increases the chance that one of the sperm cells will be capable of this.

при проблемах с зачатие рекомендуется учащенное семяизвержение. Opinion 2: with problems with conception, frequent ejaculation is recommended. It is argued by improving the quality of sperm , due to the constant updating of sperm and the removal of their "old" counterparts.

Psychological state

Depending on the sexual constitution of a man, abstinence can lead to changes in behavior: in many individuals sexual abstinence is manifested by short temper and irritability. This behavior is typical of men with a high sexual constitution, when the lack of sexual energy output causes internal discomfort. Depending on the sexual temperament in some individuals, characteristic changes in behavior may appear after several days of abstinence.

Some men are much easier to tolerate the absence of sexual discharge and may not even notice any discomfort. Perhaps this is also associated with a 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 to refrain from sex is the presence of acute cardiac pathologies in men. In this case, sexual contact can cause death. Especially since the stories are already known such cases.

, 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 appropriate and even desirable, is the rejection of promiscuous 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 opinion: temperance is good!

Taoist teachings

In the Taoist sexual practices of antiquity, popularized by some modern authors, one of which is Mantak Chia, men sought to minimize the loss of seminal fluid. The Taoists believed that together with the seed, a man loses his vitality , which could be used to heal the body and transform into creative potential.

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 frames of the present time. But how did they manage to save the seed and have sex? The fact is that the first Taoists discovered that orgasm and ejaculation are two different processes that can be separated at will using special techniques. This sexual practice allowed 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 additionally charged her, getting an orgasm without ejaculation, and also fully controlled the duration of sexual intercourse and their number.

The ability to get an unlimited number of orgasms without losing an erection has been called multiple orgasms in men .

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 Mohammed Ali, abstained from sex for several weeks before the upcoming fight, arguing that the preservation and multiplication of forces for the fight. This tactic has been adopted by many modern athletes, and abstinence before important competitions is a common practice in amateur and professional sports.

Not only sporting success can be improved by saving and redirecting sexual energy. Many talented and extraordinary personalities use sexual energy to improve their creative potential in such areas as art, business, and 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 want . The author cites his observations, based on an analysis of the biographies of successful men, that many of them achieved success at the age of 50-60 years 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 important for the health of the body of substances (ascorbic acid, zinc , docosahexaenoic acid, choline, vitamin B 12 , calcium, magnesium), which leave it during ejaculation. With frequent ejaculation, nutrient depletion is possible, which has a negative effect on overall health. In addition, the production of sperm consumes energy that could be used to restore the body.

Abstinence promotes the reuse of seminal fluid, and thanks to this reabsorption, it positively affects the health of the individual and his mental abilities.


What conclusions can be made on the basis of all of the above? First of all:

  1. Indiscriminate sex without the use of contraception unambiguously detrimental to the health of a man;
  2. Your frequency of sexual life should correspond to your sexual constitution, that is, for every man there will be an optimal rhythm of sexual life, which must be adhered to. Forcing or reducing the number of sexual acts regarding your sexual constitution can adversely affect physical and emotional health. For middle-aged men, the so-called conditionally physiological rhythm is considered the norm , the frequency of sexual intercourse in which reaches 2-3 times a week. However, if your needs are not written out in a given amount, forcing will only lead to overwork;
  3. Sexual energy can be used to improve creative and sports performance.

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