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Question: Masturbation and the "health" of your Sperm


 eddie1234 - Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:30 pm

Wife and I are just starting thinking about getting pregnant again. We're both in our 30's and in good health with no issues with drugs or alcohol. The question I have is on the effect of male masturbation on the “health” of your sperm.
If you masturbate frequently (6-7 times a week), how does that effect one’s sperm?

Do you have Healthier sperm if you masturbate or if you don’t or no real effect on sperm?

Does masturbation affect sperm count? Does frequent masturbation increase or reduce the total amount you produce? Is the effect temporary basis based off the masturbation frequency?

If you masturbate in the morning and has intercourse in the afternoon would your sperm be as good if you didn’t masturbate at all?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:59 am

User avatar Hello,
Masturbation has not been shown to affect the quality of your sperm.

Some fertility specialists advocate "saving" sperm up by having sexual intercourse every other day and not more frequently when trying to have a baby. Apparently, there can be increased quantity this way and it improves the chances of success. By that theory, masturbation would interfere.

It is a personal decision but it will not help the cause in any case.

Best wishes and good luck in your efforts.

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