Are you meeting your recommended monthly masturbation quota?

It may not be a question you’ve thought to ask yourself – nothing sexier than quotas, after all – but research suggests it’s an important one.

Masturbating at least 21 times per month could cut your risk of getting prostate cancer by 33 percent, according to researchers from Harvard University.

The research team surveyed 31,925 men on how often they masturbated. Participants were then tracked for 18 years, with researchers noting how many developed prostate cancer in that time. Participants were assessed three times; the year before the questionnaire began, in their 20s, and again in their 40s.

Their findings made it clear that the more frequently men masturbated, the lower their risk of getting the disease.

It’s still not entirely clear why self-love helps prevent prostate cancer, but doctors like New York City psychotherapist Ian Kerner think it might help rid your body of toxins and bacteria, which can build up in the prostate.

Kerner points out that this can also – obviously – be achieved with a partner that isn’t your own hand.

“There isn't a difference in whether the ejaculation happens via masturbation or with a partner,” he said. “So making sex a priority is also helpful."

Kerner added that masturbation comes with a range of other health benefits.

“It's an opportunity to engage in self-care,” he said. “Masturbation can also be a healthy distraction mechanism and a natural way of regulating anxiety.”

Masturbating a lot probably shouldn’t be your only line of defense against prostate cancer, of course. Kerner suggests also sticking to a plant-based diet, eating lots of fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and “consuming red foods such as tomatoes that are rich in lycopene, as well as soy products that contain isoflavones.”

He also recommends men get regular prostate exams and plenty of exercise.

That said, there’s no denying his first suggestion seems like a lot more fun.

h/t Health