There wasn’t a woman in America who was surprised by the recent medical report from the Australian Cancer Council. Published in the British Journal of Urology International, the report says (and they are darn serious) that frequent ejaculation could help protect against prostate cancer. I, for one, can tell you that my husband has been spinning various versions of this hypothesis throughout our 16-year marriage.
Personally, I would have liked to see the ad requesting study participants: “Seeking men who frequently ejaculate. Lots of experience required.” Like men don’t have a reputation for stretching the truth in this area.
Naturally, the “protective effect” experienced by men later in life seems to be greater for those men who were more active in their twenties. If this doesn’t give you an excuse to lock up your daughters, I don’t know what will.
Researchers have called the hypothesis that spawned the study “prostatic stagnation”. I’m sure most women could have saved the researchers a lot of time by telling them that this is probably the one area a man will never allow to become stagnant. In fact, we’d be willing to go a few steps further by telling researchers that there are other areas at higher risk for stagnation in men: personal hygiene, household chores and completing home projects come to mind.
So now that men around the world have a new argument to counter that “not tonight, honey, I have a headache” excuse, I’d like to see a new group of studies that support women’s needs. I’m thinking studies like “Wives Who Shop Have Fewer Homicidal Tendencies” or “Watching Chick Movies Increases Testosterone in Men” or “Running a Vacuum Every Now and Then Won’t Kill You”. I’m sure the researchers will get right on this.
The researchers concluded their report by stating that if the findings are confirmed (and what red-blooded male won’t want to help confirm this through further studies?), doctors will be prescribing a new set of “exercise recommendations” to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. I don’t think compliance will be a problem. However, we should all be watching for the increase in carpal tunnel syndrome.