Men Masturbated For Science, And Here’s What Came Of It

They say variety is the spice of life, and provocative new research by scientists in Ohio suggests that that holds true in the world of human sex and reproduction.

With the help of 21 men and some porn videos, The College of Wooster researchers showed that guys ejaculate faster and produce more, higher-quality sperm when they masturbate to a “novel female stimulus.”

In other words, they really get off with a hot woman they’ve never previously encountered.

The finding doesn’t mean that men are somehow programmed to cheat on their girlfriends and wives. It may suggest that men have evolved such that it’s easier for them to have sex with (and impregnate) other women without their usual partners finding out.

As study co-author Dr. Laura K. Sirot, assistant professor of biology at the college, told The Huffington Post in an email, “Our study does not suggest anything about whether monogamy was favored or disfavored by natural selection. However, the results of this study and other studies of human differential ejaculation behavior suggest that extra-pair (or extramarital) copulations may have occurred in our evolutionary past.”

In addition to providing new insights into evolutionary biology, the finding may lead to better detection and treatment of male infertility.

When men see a doctor about fertility problems, they often provide semen samples collected while masturbating to porn. And since it features novel women, “the ejaculates produced in fertility clinics may be of higher quality than usual, which may conceal any potential fertility problems experienced in the bedroom,” study co-author Paul N. Joseph, a 2014 graduate of the college, said in a written statement.

So the finding may help spare women from invasive diagnostic procedures to spot fertility problems that really lie with their partners.

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