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DOES MASTURBATION AFFECT YOUR KIDNEYS?


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A lot of misinformation about masturbation is circulating around the internet. It’s important to know that masturbation:

  • won’t make you grow hair on your palms
  • doesn’t give people erectile dysfunction
  • won’t damage your kidneys

The myth that masturbation affects your kidneys may have originated from a concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

A small 2020 Study Trusted Source showed that proponents of this system traditionally believed that men with poor kidney function (ShenKui) had low sexual performance.

It was thought that your kidneys were the reservoir of semen and that frequent masturbation and ejaculation could create imbalances in your body that could lead to sickness.

However, there’s no scientific basis for this idea, and there isn’t any evidence that frequent ejaculation or masturbation causes any health concerns.

In this article, we’ll debunk the myth that masturbation harms your kidneys and also look at one kidney condition masturbation may help.

Does masturbation affect your kidneys?

There’s no evidence that masturbation negatively impacts your kidney health. There’s also no evidence that masturbation can cause:

  • kidney failure
  • kidney disease
  • kidney pain

Some people mistakenly believe that a loss of protein and nutrients through semen can lead to kidney damage. Again, there’s no scientific basis for this idea.

There are very few nutrients in semen that are present to nourish sperm. The few nutrients don’t have a significant impact on your health.

One 2013 research review found that there’s an average of 5.04 grams of protein in 100 milliliters of semen, or the equivalent of about 0.25 grams in one ejaculation of semen.

To replenish this amount of protein, you would only need to drink about 1/2 tablespoon of milkTrusted Source or eat 0.1 ouncesTrusted Source of chickpeas.

Masturbation and kidney stones

There’s some evidence that masturbation may help dispel kidney stones. In a 2020 study, researchers examined the effect of masturbating 3 to 4 times per week for dropping 5- to 10-millimeter stones.

The researchers found that masturbation combined with standard medical therapy was equally effective as taking the medicine Tamsulosin combined with standard medical therapy. Though the study raises an interesting concept, it requires more research to fully understand.

What are the benefits of masturbation?

There are a limited number of studies specifically looking at the benefits of masturbation. Most research has looked at the benefits of orgasms or ejaculation.

However, masturbating releases hormones and chemicals such as:

  • dopamine
  • endorphins
  • oxytocin
  • testosterone
  • prolactin

Changes in these hormone levels can potentially have benefits such as:

  • improving your mood
  • relieving stress and anxiety
  • promoting calmness
  • helping you fall asleep

For people with vaginas, masturbating may also help relieve menstrual cramps.

Ejaculation and prostate cancer risk

In a 2016 study, researchers found a negative association between ejaculation frequency and the risk of developing prostate cancer.

The researchers found that people who ejaculated more than 21 times per month were less likely to have developed prostate cancer at a 10-year follow up than people who ejaculated 4 to 7 times.

However, it’s worth noting that correlation doesn’t mean causation. More research is needed to fully explore the link between ejaculation frequency and prostate cancer risk.

ARTICLE SOURCE LINK: https://www.healthline.com/health/masturbation-effects-on-kidney

 

 

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