The Boys' Growing Up in the Lord

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Question

I have a question: I read other answers on your web site, but I want to be sure. How many times a week is it normal, or healthy to masturbate?

Lately I don't feel a strong urge to masturbate, but every two days I feel a sensation that I need to masturbate. Is this how frequently I should masturbate? Or should I just hang on and wait until the next day or next week?


Answer

The typical male ejaculates roughly two to three times a week. It can be more or less frequent. It tends to be more frequent when you are younger and less frequent as you get older. In one survey the number of ejaculations per month are as follows:

Age Low Mean High
20 to 29 8.2 15.1 22.0
40 to 49 5.2 11.3 17.4
50 to 59 3.3 9.4 15.5
60+ 0.5 5.0 9.5

[Ejaculation Frequency and Subsequent Risk of Prostate Cancer, JAMA, 2004]

This does not state what should be, it is only a reporting of what existed among a group of roughly 30,000 men. There is no solid evidence to say how often is healthy. Notice also this is the number of ejaculations per month (not week). No distinction is made between how those ejaculations occurred.