What is semen retention? And it is truly responsible for as many health benefits as some claim it to be?
You might be wondering why on Earth anyone would want to hold it in for an extended amount of time, or at all for that matter. Well, we can confirm that it's not just some internet fad that started as a TikTok challenge or anything of the sort. In fact, it is an ancient exercise tied to Eastern spiritual practices used in Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist religions.
How does it work?
Semen retention, also known as sexual continence, refers to the practice of avoiding ejaculation for extended amounts of time. You can achieve semen retention by simply abstaining from any form of sexual activity, stopping before the point of no return (often referred to as edging) or climaxing without ejaculation.
Its proponents believe that there are many benefits to it that range from the physical to the mental and even the spiritual. However there is no scientific proof to back up the belief that there are any lasting advantages or disadvantages to holding in semen.
Still, some believe that the benefits are abundant and can help in various aspects of one's life, such as:
- Increased motivation, energy and focus
- Increased testosterone and muscle mass
- Reduced anxiety
- Promotes weight loss
- A greater sense of purpose and overall harmony
Particularly in the world of sports, it has long been said that holding in semen leading to the days of an important match or competition will increase performance, stamina and concentration.
Are there any complications that can arise?
Although no long term negative effects associated to holding one's sperm has ever been medically reported, a little something called blue balls can definitely occur—and it's not much fun. Scientifically known as Epididymal Hypertension, this side affect is a product of extended stimulation in the testicles that manifests in the form of aches and pain that will only cease upon release of the ejaculate or the cessation of arousal.
Another side effect of seminal conservation is the possibility of developing ejaculatory issues in the future such as premature ejaculation or retrograde ejaculation which causes semen to travel back into the bladder.