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Question

Is regular masturbation or sexual intercourse harmful to fertility?

 

Answer

Regular masturbation and sexual intercourse are not harmful to fertility. To standardise semen analysis, the World Health Organisation states that there be a two to seven-day period of abstinence before the sample is collected. The longer period between the ejaculation, the greater the volume of semen and the higher the total number of sperm released. Ejaculating daily, or even more frequently, won't cause any damage; rather, it will just decrease the number of sperm in each ejaculate, but over the period of a week, you'll still make the same number of sperm.

The advice for people who are trying to get pregnant is that they should have intercourse at least every second day across the fertile week of the month.

 


Prof-Rob-McLachlanAnswered by: Prof Rob McLachlan AM FRACHP PhD

Prof Rob McLachlan is the Medical Director of Healthy Male. He specialises in the area of male reproductive medicine and has made significant contributions to research in endocrinology, infertility and andrology.

In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to medicine in the field of endocrinology, particularly in men’s reproductive health, and to medical research.

He is also an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Deputy Director of Endocrinology at the Monash Medical Centre, and consultant to the World Health Organisation on male infertility regulation.

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