Great news, guys! Despite some long-held beliefs in the scientific community, it’s been proven that frequent ejaculation will NOT lead to an increased risk for prostate cancer! Scientists have found that frequent ejaculation could actually lead to a lowered risk of prostate cancer.

In one of the largest studies to date, researchers compared the health outcomes of around 30,000 different men over the course of 8 years. It turned out that men who ejaculated between 4 and 7 times in a month (1-2 times per week), on average, were three times more likely to have developed prostate cancer by the end of the study compared to the men who were the most frequent ejaculators — up to 21 times per month. That means, according to this study, that the greater the number ejaculations per month reported by a man, the less likely he would be to develop prostate cancer.

So what does that mean for our purposes? Stop feeling guilty about masturbating! Whether you’re single, married, or partnered, it is vital that you take your sexuality into your own hands, so to speak. And intuitively, it just makes sense that, like eating and sleeping, the body also regulates itself through sexual release. You can’t expect your partner to bear the brunt of this responsibility for you — it’s your body. This goes for women, too. Masturbation is a necessary bodily function, and this study just helps clarify that fact.