An Orgasm A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

More sex means living longer, says science. One doc claims it can add up to eight years to your life.

At a school reunion last summer, one former classmate looked 10 years younger than the rest of us. Someone finally asked his secret. “Three orgasms a week,” he said, to laughter. Later I asked him if he was serious, and he referred to a study showing that, when all the various scientific claims for improving longevity are fed into one database, you gain two extra years by flossing every night and three years by having more than three orgasms a week. It went against all the negative folk wisdom I’d heard about how having too much sex could drain me of my “chi,” bring on depression, or even lead to a stroke.

As it turns out, the benefits of sex are a factor in all three categories of male mortality — heart disease, cancer, and environmental causes (stress, accident, suicide) — and plenty of scientists are pushing the idea that the more sex you have the longer you’ll live. The Johnny Appleseed of the theory is Michael Roizen, a 62-year-old doctor who chairs the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

“For men, the more the better,” he says. “The typical man who has 350 orgasms a year, versus the national average of around a quarter of that, lives about four years longer.” And more than those extra four years, Roizen says, the men will feel eight years younger than their contemporaries. Is there an optimal number of orgasms for the average man? Roizen suggests, with a straight face, that 700 a year could add up to eight years to your life. This is an ambitious prescription: The average American adult male has sex just 81 times a year.

Roizen’s formula may be new, but the benefits of sex and orgasms have been tracked for years, and there’s some compelling hard evidence to back Roizen’s claims. A Swedish study done in the ’80s found that 70-year-olds who made it to 75 were the ones still having sex, and a Duke University study that followed 252 people over 25 years concluded that “frequency of intercourse was a significant predictor of longevity.”

Do it now:
Have sex for up to 13 minutes. A recent survey from Penn State University in Erie found that seven to 13 minutes of intercourse (from the time the penis enters the vagina until ejaculation) was most enjoyable. Respondents, who consisted of psychologists and doctors, among others, also found that one to two minutes was too short and 14 to 30 minutes too long.

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16 Comments on “An Orgasm A Day Keeps The Doctor Away”

  1. Alex
    February 29, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Does it still count if it’s masturbation instead of sex?

    • Interesting man
      May 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      I hope.

    • Chris
      May 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

      An orgasm is an orgasm. I don’t think your dick (or vagina) can really differentiate.

      • Chris
        May 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

        Nevermind, the research seems to imply that it’s more about the sex itself.

  2. c
    May 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    lol sex for 13 minutes….

    • Amin Shaikh
      May 14, 2012 at 6:37 am #


    • Doodoo
      July 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      wooo! dat’s gonna take some practice. 10 seconds is all I want BBY

  3. sync101
    May 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on Synchronicity.

  4. Al Rubyx
    May 13, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    I’m gay, does safe gay sex count towards the long-life thing?

  5. Nathanial Hornblower
    May 13, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    it’s a bit of a stretch implying causation here. Think how unique the cohort of men who can physically have sex 350 times a year? Probably already very healthy, socially secure and supported, organized and be to to be with their wife every day (unlikely to be soldiers or people with high stress/long hour jobs i.e. air traffic controllers or people who work night shifts or have go far from home to work).

  6. May 13, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    uh… what about women??

  7. May 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    ahah!! less than 13 minutes aint good huh ?

  8. pepepecas
    July 4, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    OMG I’m on my way to inmortality!!

    • E.ghattas
      August 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm #


  9. September 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    the longer the better, sorry

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