Sunday, October 24, 2010

Facts and myths about Masturbation

Masturbation will not, and cannot make you go blind or give you poor eyesight. I cannot find the original source of this blatant untruth, but we can probably assume that it was based in the correlation between puberty and the general age at which those with poor eyesight find out they need glasses.

Masturbation will not, and cannot give you acne any more than any OTHER activity or phase of your life in which you have hormonal fluctuations might give you acne. In fact, almost any sexual activity improves your circulation by raising your heart rate, which is good for your skin and the rest of your body.

Masturbation will not, and cannot make the genitals shrink or grow, and a doctor cannot tell if someone has masturbated unless they arrive at the office with ejaculate on one hand and a vibrator in the other.
Masturbation will not, and cannot make hair grow on your palms. On the Planet of the Apes, it just might, but not here on Earth.

Masturbation will not, and cannot make men or women infertile, or decrease sperm or egg count. It also does not make anyone "lose" their virginity, not "spoil" them for intercourse or other sexual acts. People are not cartons of milk. We cannot spoil or be "ruined." We change and grow, and as long as we act like good people in good conscience, no act or person can make us otherwise.

Plenty of scholars and religious leaders agree, Judeo-Christian and otherwise, that masturbation is not a sin, for those whose religions include the concept of sin (and many do not). There is really nothing concrete in the Bible to support this idea; it does not say masturbation is a sin in anything but a very vague sense that is highly open to interpretation. In addition, in very few religions and traditions is it considered any sort of problem at all. There are, of course, exceptions. In some Islamic traditions, if fasting, masturbating will break a fast, and in some other cultures, like Indonesia, it is considered criminal. Bear in mind, though, that some of these beliefs are very archaic, and are not based on current scientific and medical knowledge, but became tradition when this practice (and many others) were not understood

This said, Masturbation is a healthy way of getting pleasure that does'nt involve the risk of pregnancy or STDs (within reason). Masturbation is a normal way to enjoy your own body and the way it feels. It’s a good way to learn about your body and what feels good and what doesn’t. Masturbation is a normal and healthy way to feel sexually aroused, to get sexual pleasure and to release sexual feelings.

One of the most common worries is about how often it is ‘allowed’ or ‘healthy’ to masturbate. There is no set number of times that people should masturbate—there is no medical reason why masturbating four times a day will do you any harm. Some people masturbate regularly, while other people masturbate only rarely. Some people masturbate several times a day, while others masturbate only once or twice a year. However often you masturbate is normal for you. In adolescence when you’re going through puberty it’s very common to masturbate frequently due to the hormones in your body.

Many people who are not in a relationship will masturbate to relieve sexual tension, and even in a regular relationship it is common for people to masturbate when they are feeling sexually aroused and their partner isn’t around or isn’t particularly interested in sex.

Health risks? NEVER!

Health risks ? NEVER!

Masturbation is a perfectly normal sexual activity; and there is now evidence to show masturbating regularly lowers the risk of getting testicular cancer. In the past there were lots of myths about masturbation causing all sorts of health problems. Also, some cultures disapprove of masturbation, and some religious beliefs consider it a sin. The truth is that it is perfectly okay and normal to masturbate as long as you are not doing it to shock or offend somebody else. Masturbation is healthy as long as it happens in private and without feelings of guilt. It is also okay not to masturbate if you don’t feel comfortable about doing it.

Masturbating one, two, or ten times a day is healthy, as long as it brings you pleasure and you still continue to eat, go to school, and see friends.

Are certain methods of masturbation harmful?
Your balls and penis may feel sore due to the friction involved when you masturbate frequently, so try using some lube. If you are masturbating for long periods your penis could get sore and rubbed raw so it’s often a good idea to use some kind of lubrication. Sexual lubricants (such as KY Jelly or Wetstuff) are the best, as they’re designed for human skin. But some people use vegetable oil, vaseline, spit, etc.

Masturbation is one of the safest sexual activities there is. There is no risk of infection (as long as you don’t insert or use any unclean objects during masturbation). Some guys will insert something into the anus for sexual pleasure during masturbation (eg. vibrator). This is fine as long as it is clean and doesn’t have any sharp edges which could cause damage to the delicate skin of the anus.>>>>

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