classic Taoist texts suggest that men guard against the loss of too much sperm.
Every man should regulate the emission of semen according to his store of vital essence. A young man can afford to ejaculate twice daily, but if frail then once only. A strong man of 30 can afford to do so once a day, whereas a weak man the same age should do so every other day. A strong man of 40 can afford to ejaculate once every 3 days whereas a weaker man once every 4 days.”
“if a man can couple with twenty women and yet have no emission he will be fit and of perfect complexion when in old age”
the Mystery-Penetrating Master says there are but 30 main positions (The Reversed Flying Widgeon and The Cat and The Mouse Sharing One Cage being two of these) for consummating sexual union. Chinese men were advised to copulate with at least ten women in a single night, but only to ejaculate once or twice. intercourse with one woman might strengthen their vital essence, with two their sight and hearing would improve, but with three or more all of the seven aches and the one hundred diseases could be cured.
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to stave off orgasm, manuals gave detailed and arduous prescriptions such as “flap your arms, glare angrily, roll your eyes, prod yourself between anus and scrotum, inhale and exhale deeply while gnashing your teeth”.
well that sounds attractive! I’m sure I’d have no trouble getting off with a partner who flapped, glared and prodded himself. might have to draw the line at that inhale/exhale thing though.