In recent years, the concept of 'semen retention' has garnered significant attention due to social media challenges like #NoNutNovember, with many claims surrounding its potential benefits and effects on overall health. However, amidst the hype, there are several prevailing myths that have emerged. I will dive into the top three myths and examine the supposed dangers and benefits.
Myth #1: Semen Retention Means No Sex
This myth is simply not true. Semen retention and sexual abstinence are NOT synomous, as semen retention is the practice of abstaining from ejaculation (not sexual activity) to conserve semen and redirect sexual energy into other areas of life (such as work, relationships, or creative pursuits). As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that lingam owners ejaculate once every 4-6 weeks depending on their age, health, and lifestyle. However, participating in sexual activities like masturbation and intercourse are encouraged and actually help to strengthen the pelvic floor thus culitvating stronger orgasms. In fact, many lingam owners report experiencing an increase in their libido (sexual drive) and the ability to become multi-orgasmic with long-term practice.
Myth #2: It Causes Blue Balls
This myth is partially true; as some men report pain or discomfort such as an aching, heavy sensation in and around the testicles (i.e. Blue Balls) when FIRST practicing semen retention. This is temporary and can be alleviated by strengthening the Pelvic Floor and massaging the prostate through pelvic floor exercises like Tantric Anal Pulls. As with any practice involving sexual health, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on this journey.
Myth #3: It Causes Prostate Cancer
Due to it's increase in notoriety, myths surrounding semen retention and its alleged link to increased risk of prostate cancer have also gained popularity. However, there is neither scientific nor observed proof that ejaculating less frequently will actually increase the likelihood of the practitioner getting prostate cancer.
This myth can largely be accredited to the lack of Comprehensive Sex Education and understanding of how ejaculation occurs in the body. For starters, the prostate's primary function is to produce seminal fluid (semen) to transport sperm during ejaculation. This fluid contains a variety of macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and even vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium. Directly below the prostate is a valve called the Distal Sphincter which involuntary regulates the flow of semen by opening during orgasm to allow seminal fluid to rush out the urethra of the lingam and closes once all contractions have stopped. This valve can be re-trained to stay closed during orgasm; thus allowing the semen to remain inside the body, be reabsorbed for nourishment, and create a pathway to becoming multi-orgasmic.
I encourage anyone interested in learning about semen retention to approach the practice with curiosity and open-mindedness.
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