Semen Retention is an important topic within Tantra and Tantric Sex, and primarily aims at retaining, cultivating, and increasing sexual energy for men. Although Semen Retention can serve down-to-earth goals, it’s traditionally practiced for spiritual growth and self-realization.
The practical core of Semen Retention is about intentionally avoiding male ejaculation — an ancient ejaculatory control practice, although not exclusively Tantric — thought to be beneficial within a broad range of realms, such as fertility, virility, self-confidence and self-control, sexual stamina, libido, emotional, mental, physical and sexual health, orgasmic and sexual pleasure, prolonged sexual activity, longevity, and spiritual growth.
With regard to typical male sexual disorders, it’s thought that Semen Retention may cure or diminish premature ejaculation, prostatitis, and Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH), may increase fertility, and perhaps can even prevent prostate cancer.
There are various ways to practice Semen Retention, which include abstaining altogether from sexual intercourse or masturbation, using desensitizing creams or lotions, applying techniques to having orgasms without an actual ejaculation — such as having Full Body Orgasms — or techniques to retain semen during masturbation or sexual intercourse, such as common within Edging practices.
Specific Tantric techniques that focus on Semen Retention are Pelvic Floor Muscles Exercises, a range of Yoga Asanas (postures), Breathwork — such as Kapalabhati breathing, the scrotum pull, the perineum press, the frenulum squeeze, mindfulness, meditation, Mudras (such as Maha Mudra and Ashwini Mudra), and certain Bandhas (such as Mula Bandha).