How Does Frequency of Sexual Activity Affect My Prostate?

Marc Greenstein Health Guide March 27, 2007
  • Does frequency of sexual activity affect prostate health of a man who does not have any prostate problems?

    This is a very common question in my practice. In theory, it would make sense that a man who is frequently sexually active will have a reduced risk of prostate cancer. By using your prostate frequently, any toxins would be cleared from the gland and reduce the chance of developing prostate cancer.

    Unfortunately, there is no evidence in the urologic literature that sexual frequency reduces the risk of prostate cancer. However, the majority of the studies indicate that exposure to sexually transmitted diseases raises the risk of prostatic diseases such as infections and prostatitis. A history of prostatic infections has been linked to the development of prostate cancer.

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