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Mastrubation Myths

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Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the genitals to achieve sexual arousal and pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm (sexual climax). It is commonly done by touching, stroking, or massaging the penis or clitoris until an orgasm is achieved. Some women also use stimulation of the vagina to masturbate or use "sex toys" like vibrators or dildo.

Who Masturbates?

Just about everybody. Masturbation is a very common behavior, even among people who have sexual relations with a partner. In one study, 95% of males and 89% of females reported that they have masturbated in USA. Masturbation is the first sexual act experienced by most males and females. In young children, masturbation is a normal part of the growing child’s exploration of his or her body. Most people continue to masturbate in adulthood, and many do so throughout their lives.

Why Do People Masturbate?

In addition to feeling good, masturbation is a good way of relieving the sexual tension that can build up over time, especially for people without partners or whose partners are not willing or available for sex. Masturbation also is safe sexual alternative for people who wish to avoid pregnancy and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. It also is necessary when a man must give a semen sample for infertility testing or for sperm donation. When sexual dysfunction is present in an adult, masturbation may be prescribed by a sexologist or sex therapist to allow a person to experience an orgasm (often in woman) or to delay its arrival (often in men).

Is Masturbation Normal?

While it once was regarded as a perversion and a sign of a mental problem, masturbation now is regarded as a normal, healthy sexual activity that is pleasant, fulfilling, acceptable, and safe. It is a good way to experience sexual pleasure and can be done throughout life.

Masturbation is only considered a problem when it inhibits sexual activity with a partner, is done in public, or causes significant distress to the person. It may cause distress if it is done compulsively and/or interferes with daily life and activities.

Is Masturbation Harmful?

In general, the medical community considers masturbation to be natural and harmless expression of sexuality for both men and women. It does not cause any physical injury or harm to the body, and can be performed in moderation throughout a person’s lifetime as a part of normal sexual behavior. Some cultures and religions oppose the use of masturbation or even label it as a sinful. This can lead to guilt or shame about behavior.

Some experts suggest that masturbation can actually improve sexual health and relationships. By exploring your own body through masturbation, you can determine what is erotically pleasing to you and can share this with your partner. Some partners use masturbation to discover techniques for a more satisfying sexual relationship and to add to their mutual intimacy

Myths about Masturbation

Despite the fact that there is no evidence that masturbation impairs physical or mental health, there are many people who still believe that it’s harmful-or worry that it might be.

Masturbation is a natural sexual expression. People in most cultures masturbate. Even many species of animals do. Yet, some people hesitate to do it- even when it might really serve them well during a particular phase of their life.

Despite the fact that many people masturbate throughout their lives, there are still some who believe that masturbation causes insanity, epilepsy, acne, blindness, warts, uninhibited sexuality, and hair on the palms. And some believe it causes headache, when actually can help relieve some types of headaches.

Many sexually healthy people who have available partners masturbate as additional gratification. Partnered sex and masturbation should be viewed as complementary sexual experienced, not as mutually exclusive.

Masturbation can be a very good way to learn about one’s own body-particularly because it can help with communication of knowledge to a partner. Many women learn to have their first orgasm through masturbation. So, rather than being a substitute for partner sex, it can be a supportive path to having better sex with one's mate.

Masturbation is not for the “simple minded”, the antisocial, or the immature. It is not something one must give up after their teen years. And, it can certainly amplify the sexual possibilities as people or encounter physical limitations due to health conditions.

Much attention is given to people who currently masturbate "too much”. While it's certainly true that the internet has given many people more access to more visual stimulation, there are millions of people who use that imagery without destroying their lives-we just don’t talk about them much because there’s no problem.

Our culture has individuals who overdo many things. Part of responsible sexual education involves learning moderation and how to fit activities into one’s life without destroying other parts of it. That includes masturbation.



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