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DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any information regarding the relationship between the frequency of ejaculation and prostate health, such as cancer, enlarged prostate or prostatitis, especially in regard to older men? -- J.G.
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ANSWER: There is very good information. The rate of prostate cancer is slightly lower in men who ejaculate more frequently, with the group who reported 21 or more times per month having the lowest risk of prostate cancer. It's not a guarantee against prostate cancer, sadly.
There also is evidence that frequent ejaculation relieves some symptoms of prostate inflammation. I am cautious not to advise sexual intercourse as a treatment, however, as a partner's desires need to be taken into account as well.
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