Masturbation is a normal, healthy sexual activity with few side effects. Many strange claims surround masturbation, such as becoming blind, and most of these claims are false.
Masturbation is when an individual stimulates his genitals for sexual pleasure, which may or may not lead to orgasm. Masturbation is common in men and women of all ages and plays a role in healthy sexual development.
Research has shown that among teenagers aged 14 to 17 in the United States, about 74% of men and 48% of women masturbate.

Among older adults, about 63% of men and 32% of women aged 57 to 64 are masturbating.
People are masturbating for several reasons. These include fun, pleasure, fun and stress release. Some people masturbate alone, while others masturbate with a partner.
This article examines the potential side effects of masturbation and sorts

the facts of fiction about the myths of masturbation. It also identifies some of the benefits of masturbation for health.

Myths of masturbation

Depressed and worried man sitting cross-legged on his bed.
There are many myths about the risks of masturbation, but none of these have been proven.
There are many myths about masturbation. Even though many of them have been repeatedly debunked, they seem to be surfacing again and again.
Most statements about masturbation are not supported by science. There is often no scientific evidence that masturbation causes any of the suggested side effects. Masturbation will not cause:

blindness
hairy palms
impotence later in life
erectile dysfunction
penis shrinkage
penis curvature
low sperm count
infertility
mental illness
physical weakness

Some couples worry that their relationship may not be satisfactory if one or the other is masturbating; this too is a myth.
Most men and women continue to masturbate alone or together when they are married or married, and many find it part of their relationship.
One study found that women who masturbated had happier marriages than those who did not masturbate.

Side effects of masturbation

Masturbation is harmless. Some people may feel rubbing or sensitive skin if they are too rough, but it will usually heal in a few days.
If men masturbate frequently in a short period of time, they may experience a slight swelling of the penis called edema. This swelling usually disappears in a few days.Other potential side effects include.

Guilt

Some people who fear that masturbation may conflict with their religious, spiritual or cultural beliefs may feel guilty. However, masturbation is not immoral or unfair, and self-pleasure is not shameful.
Discussing feelings of guilt with a friend, health care professional or sexual health therapist can help a person overcome the feelings of guilt or shame associated with masturbation.

Decreased sexual sensitivity

Man and woman in bed looking upset, having problems of sexual intimacy.
Aggressive or excessive masturbation techniques can result in decreased sexual sensitivity.
If men have an aggressive masturbation method that involves too tight a hold on their penis, they may feel a decrease in sensation. A man can solve this problem over time by changing technique.
Increased stimulation, such as the use of a vibrator, can increase sexual stimulation and overall sexual function in men and women.Women who use a vibrator reported improvement in sexual function and lubrication, while men experienced an improvement in erectile function.

Prostate cancer

The jury does not know if masturbation increases or decreases the risk of prostate cancer. Researchers need to do more research before they can come to a conclusion.
A 2003 study showed that men who ejaculated more than five times a week during their twenties were three times less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer than men who ejaculated less often.
The researchers hypothesized that the reduced risk was due to the fact that frequent ejaculation could prevent the accumulation of carcinogens in the prostate.

A 2016 study found a similar link between frequent ejaculation and a lower risk of prostate cancer. The researchers found that men who ejaculated 21 times a month or more had a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer.
In contrast, a 2008 study found that frequent sexual activity in a man’s 20 to 30 year-olds increased his risk of prostate cancer, especially if he masturbated regularly.

Disrupt everyday life

In rare cases, some people may masturbate more than they want, which can:
make them miss work, school or important social events
interrupt the daily operation of a person
affect their responsibilities and relationships
escape relationship problems or substitute for real experiences
Someone who thinks that their masturbation practice could have a negative impact should talk to a health professional.A doctor or counselor may suggest a speech therapy to determine how to manage their sexual behavior.


Consulting a sex therapist can also help you with coping strategies for excessive masturbation. To locate a local sexologist, a person may visit the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Few studies specifically focus on the benefits of masturbation, but research suggests that sexual stimulation, including masturbation stimulation, can:

reduce stress
release the tension
improve the quality of sleep
increase concentration
raise the mood
relieve menstrual cramps
ease the pain
improve sex

Masturbation has also been identified as a strategy to improve sexual health by promoting intimacy, exploring personal pleasure, desires and needs, reducing unwanted pregnancies, and preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV transmission.
People who choose to abstain from sex or who do not currently have a sexual partner can often masturbate as a sexual outlet.
Masturbation also has sexual health benefits specifically for older women, such as less vaginal dryness and decreased pain during intercourse.

To take away

Some people may feel embarrassed, guilty or ashamed to talk about masturbation. But masturbation is normal, healthy and without risk of guilt.


Masturbation will not lead to blindness and will not cause physical and mental health problems. In many cases, masturbation has more health benefits than side effects.
Masturbation is usually a problem only if it begins to disrupt daily life and relationships with friends, family, colleagues and romantic partners.
In these circumstances, it may be helpful to talk to a health professional, especially a sex therapist.

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