I have to admit the whole tantra, mantra, Tao thing eludes me. Regular readers may remember that the last time we got a question such as this I hauled my poor husband to a Tantric sex workshop with disastrous results.Dr. Stuttaford grudgingly allows that semen retention isn't harmful, but his negative bias shows when he uses the word "glorified" in his response.
The philosophy and disciplines glorified by the terms Tantric and Taoist sex are designed to allow a couple to have long sessions of lovemaking by prolonging the plateau stage of sexual response without having a complete orgasm and ejaculating. Advocates of Taoist and Tantric sex explain that the aim is to maintain a state of ecstasy for as long as physically possible and not to be preoccupied by the need to score an orgasmic goal.Despite their designation as "experts," Godson's and Stuttaford's answers illustrate why you should send your questions about Taoism and Tantra to practitioners - not sex advice columnists.
Like Victorian schoolmasters and doctors, who believed that masturbation was a cause and a symptom of criminality and psychiatric disease, the Tantric and Taoist enthusiasts suggest that semen has a value in helping to maintain a man's health and vitality. Their supposition is that if semen is constantly wasted, the luckless fellow will be weakened and risk being reduced to a feeble wreck, a shadow of his former self. You may be assured that this is medical nonsense, and semen retention is not harmful. Read more