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Does masturbating affect sperm count and fertility in later life?

No. Even masturbating frequently won’t have any effect on your sperm count or your ability to get pregnant. In fact, masturbation has a number of physical and mental health benefits — here are just a few:

  • Masturbation releases stress and physical tension. Many people masturbate to relax, and it can help some people fall asleep.
  • Orgasms — whether they’re from masturbation or sex with a partner — can act as a natural painkiller. Some women masturbate to relieve menstrual cramps. Research has also shown that orgasms may even prevent endometriosis, an infection of the uterine lining.
  • One recent study found that frequent ejaculation from masturbating may reduce a man’s chances of developing prostate cancer.
  • Plus, solo sex is the ultimate form of safer sex — there is no risk of pregnancy or infection.

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