The Hows and Whys of Semen Retention

I know what you’re thinking. What’s the point? Orgasm with ejaculation already feels good. Could it get any better? My answer is yes…potentially. I’ve been on both sides of this proverbial coin. There is a western understanding that regular ejaculations can actually lower the incidence of prostate cancer. That is a good thing and for older men the more you use it the less chance you you’ll lose it. However, many of the eastern traditions and sacred sexualities promote semen retention to not only intensify orgasm but to increase vitality and yes, they even proclaim you can have a longer life.

These eastern philosophies range from Ayurveda, Chinese, Tibetan Medicine and of course the ancient  Indian art of Tantra. As someone who has studied, practiced and taught basic levels of Tantra (I am not a Tantrika); semen retention is not the first thing I introduce in Tantric practice. But for those men and couples that wish take their Tantric skills to the next level, I do highly recommend semen retention as a way to learn about one’s sexual response and as a way to develop the skill of becoming a multiply orgasmic man.

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There is evidence that everyone from Buddha to Aristotle to Shakespeare and Thoreau practiced semen retention as a way to avoid the depleted energy many men feel after ejaculation. Even some current athletes and martial artists avoid ejaculation days before big events. Male ejaculation is said to deplete energy stores of the endocrine and central nervous system. Thus men should wait until energy is built back up again. But simply retaining semen may not be enough. It does take work to “transmute” the energy. Otherwise, men can experience a sensation of trapped energy that may lead to other issues like mental preoccupation and depression. Therefore, I suggest that men and couples interested in the art of semen retention should get some training. There are some wonderful resources via tantra.com.

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 is the resident sexologist at Adam & Eve and also runs a private practice and media consulting business. She has a Doctorate from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Her professional affiliations include AASECT, SSSS, and the American Board of Sexologists. She also has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and completed a postgraduate degree in Marriage, Family and Addictions Recovery Therapy.

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