Devotional Sex

Warnings and Disclaimers

Increased risk of prostate cancer

Devotional Sex isn't without risk -
it may create emotional stresses,
and there may be a health risk for him.

This page first looks at the science which suggests that too few ejaculations increases a man's risk of getting prostate cancer.

It then looks at Tantra, Tao, and Devotional Sex and questions whether the same risk applies.

Finally I make the point that as risk is a part of life, even if there is a health risk the benefits of Devotional Sex will, for many, justify taking that small risk.

The science

A massive scientific study in the USA found that:

"men who reported more ejaculations - more than 21 a month, on average across their adult life - had two-thirds the lifetime risk of prostate cancer of men who reported fewer (4 to 7) ejaculations a month."

For more information see the article on this at  John Hopkins University
VeryWell,  and  WebMD.

My recommendations for how often an experienced Knight ejaculates on average is that a 30 year old ejaculates about 7 times a month and a 50 year old only about 3 times a month.

This puts men who do Devotional Sex into the higher risk group.

BUT, the study also found:

“There was a suggestive decreased risk of total prostate cancer observed among men in the lowest category of ejaculation frequency at ages 40 to 49 years and across a lifetime. Whether that finding was due to lower androgenicity among these men remains unknown.”  “…we cannot exclude a possibly greater risk of advanced prostate cancer with higher recent ejaculation frequency…”

And the study also says:

“…we cannot exclude a possibly greater risk of advanced prostate cancer with higher recent ejaculation frequency…”

So things are not as clear cut as the articles referenced above imply.

For those in the study who had very few ejaculations the author suggests androgencity.

But another reason why some men don't ejaculate very often is that they practice
the Eastern techniques of Tao or Tantra which both have the man living an active sex life, having many orgasms without ejaculating, and only ejaculating a few times a month or less.

What has not been done is a study of men who practice these eastern techniques.
The science cannot yet give us an answer.

Tantra, Tao, and Devotional Sex

Devotional Sex may be safer than the study suggests as it's based on the ancient Taoist practices which are claimed to increase longevity.

Devotional Sex is partly inspired by Tantra - sex being more intimate and connected.  Full Tantra is a spiritual path based on lovemaking - and longevity isn't presented as a key benefit. But I've never read or heard a Tantra teacher say anothing other than Tantra is good for you.

How often does a man doing full Tantra ejaculate?

One teacher told a class I was in that "once a month is too often". says:

"By practicing sexual continence (ie not ejaculating) without interruption for at least 9 months we reach a GOD-like state and get very close to the supreme spiritual liberation."

Devotional Sex is also partly inspired by Tao - specifically the multi-orgasmic man technique.

Tao is far less challenging to a man than Tantra, and it
recognises that what is easy for the old is too much for the young. So some books on Tao recommend that a twenty year old ejaculate every 4 days but a fifty year old only every 20 days.

One of the key aims of Tao is to increase longevity. If doing this practice was reducing longevity I think someone would have noticed. But I'm also not aware of any study which has proven that Tao does enhance longevity.

My recommendations for how often, on average, an experienced Knight ejaculates has been set at half the Taoist recommendation. So I recommend that an experienced fifty year old Knight on average ejaculates every 10 days.

One of the reasons for recommending a Knight ejaculate twice as often as someone doing Tao is that if there is an increased risk of prostate cancer this makes Devotional Sex a bit safer than Tao.

Given all of the above my feeling is that it is likely that Devotional Sex has less risk than the articles about the study suggest, and it is even possible that Devotional Sex has health benefits.

But ....

As I have no medical qualifications
I can't make a guarantee that Devotional Sex is safe.

So it is up to each reader to make up their own mind about the level of risk.


The benefits may outweigh the risk

Even if there is an increased risk, the significant benefits of practicing Devotional Sex may make the risk one worth taking.

Most people accept many risks as an unavoidable part of life. For example using the roads has the risk of serious injury or death.

Many also live a lifestyle that doesn't fully comply with all the health recommendations. Some people smoke, many drink more alcohol than the experts say is safe, and many eat what they know is an unhealthy diet.

And many people chose sporting activities which they know have some risk.

If there is an increased risk of prostate cancer from Devotional Sex then Devotional Sex is only responsible for the increase in risk - not the baseline risk of getting prostrate cancer a man has if he doesn't do Devotional Sex. So the extra risk from practicing Devotional Sex is a fairly low risk compared to the many other risks in our lives.

Devotional Sex has significant benefits to both your sex life and to your relationship, and it's also lots of fun. For those who enjoy it it can make life worth living much more than most other activities which have some risk.

Thus for me it is a sensible and rational decision to practice Devotional Sex even though I accept that there may be a small risk involved.

To evaluate the risk/benefits you need to not only learn about the risk but also know about, and even better have experienced, the benefits. So I hope that the risks have not scared you off from trying Devotional Sex.

But how you weigh up the risks vs benefits is a personal decision and of course you should do what feels right for you.


There is some discussion on the health risks of not ejaculating in this topic in my forum.

I welcome further discussion or questions in that topic.


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