Masturbation—the stroking of one’s genitalia and other erogenous zones to elicit sexual pleasure—has several taboos linked to it despite being a relatively natural bodily function. This natural sexual activity has given rise to a slew of beliefs that discourage individuals from participating in this sort of self-indulgence.
This article examines the potential adverse effects of masturbating and separates reality from fiction in terms of masturbation myths. It also lists some of the health advantages of masturbating.
Myth 1: Masturbation causes erectile dysfunction
Fact: The inability to maintain or obtain an erection during intercourse is referred to as erectile dysfunction. The causes of the erectile dysfunction are numerous, but masturbation is not one of them. When you masturbate regularly, you acquire accustomed to your own touch or a specific type of feeling. As a result, having orgasms with your spouse may be challenging.
Myth 2: It will make you blind
Fact: Many masturbation myths, such as this one, stem from a time when people thought sex was only for procreation. Studies on this topic have not shown a relationship between masturbation and blindness. On the contrary, these studies have revealed that people who masturbate four times a day or more for years do not suffer from any of the disorders associated with masturbation, including blindness.
Myth 3: There’s no limit to masturbation
Fact: Masturbation should be stopped if it interferes with your everyday life, causes mental or physical discomfort, disturbs your connection with your spouse, or prevents you from having orgasms from the stimulation you receive from your partner. Otherwise, the frequency of masturbation might vary from person to person. You have nothing to worry about if you masturbate several times a day and live a healthy and pleasant life.
Myth 4: Women Don’t masturbate
Fact: According to studies, women masturbate almost as much as males. The difference is that women are less outspoken than males. Even though most women masturbate on a daily basis, they opt to lie when approached with the subject.
Myth 5: Masturbation has no health benefits
Fact: Better sleep, lower stress and tension, fewer headaches, enhanced attention, increased self-esteem, a more youthful look, and improved fitness are all health advantages of masturbation. There are also special sexual health advantages for women, particularly elderly women, such as reduced vaginal dryness and soreness during sex. Aside from that, daily masturbation promotes men’s fitness and young look.
Myth 6: People who are in relationship don’t masturbate
Fact: Masturbation is a healthy sexual activity that you may indulge in whether you’re single or in a relationship to fulfill your sexual cravings. Masturbation is a fairly widespread practice, according to studies; around 92% of males and 62% of women masturbate. Masturbation is sometimes done by couples as part of their sexual activity.