A very important study has been published on male orgasms, so read on like your sex life depends on it.
These eight little-known facts about ejaculation – during shared sexual encounters and, erm, solo – might just change your bedroom habits.
1. Regular ejaculation lowers risks of cancerIt’s good for your health (Picture: Getty)
Just in case you thought climaxing couldn’t get much better, research presented at the American Urological Association suggests that males who have a higher frequency of orgasms (around 20 times per month) lowered their risk of prostate cancer by 20%.
Author of the study, Dr Jennifer Rider says this is probably due to the release of hormones such as oxytocin – which can lower blood pressure.
You heard the woman, go forth and ejaculate. It’s for the good of your health.
2. It’s wicked fastFaster than any man can run (Picture: Getty)
While you’re not likely to break the sound barrier, the average speed of male ejaculation is 28mph.
So if you ever feel like a loser remember: that’s faster than any man can run.
Usain Bolt – the world’s fastest sprinter – set a world record with 27.79mph. Go you.
3. Orgasms are better during sexBetter together (Picture: Getty)
This may not be a huge surprise – but if you want double the fun, have sex with a partner.
Both men and women release 400% more prolactin – an ecstasy-inducing hormone – after sex than they do after masturbation.
So give your hand a rest.
4. Men can fake it too
Charlene Muehlenhard Ph.D conducted a study with students from the University of Kansas.
She found out that 28% of guys had faked an orgasm during sex with a partner.
Reasons included brewers’ droop – being too intoxicated to climax– and wanting to go to sleep.
5. Dry d*ckDryness can be an issue for men (Picture: Getty)
A dry orgasm – known as a retrograde orgasm – can occur when semen travels to the bladder instead of through the shaft of the penis during orgasm.
If this happens then head to your doctor – it could be a sign of problems with your bladder muscles.
6. Hit the jackpotJackpot (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)
Men – just like lucky ladies – can experience multiple orgasms.
While most fellas need at least a 30-minute cooling off period between steamy sessions, it is possible to train yourself to have multiple orgasms.
Things like changing up sexual positions and managing testosterone levels can dramatically improve your chances.
7. Best swimmers come firstThe first swimmers are the fastest (Picture: Getty)
According to Ginemed Assisted Human Reproduction Clinic, the semen released in the first wave of ejaculate has better quality DNA and are more likely to fertilise an egg thanks to greater mobility.
8. Headache cureOrgasm is a headache cure, apparently (Picture: Corbis)
If you’ve got a pounding headache, then reaching climax might provide an antidote. Honest.
An orgasm floods the brain with a similar type of endorphin that causes runner’s high.
And it’s a lot more enjoyable than going for a run – am I right?