The good and bad about masturbation

By | April 25, 2016

In the 19th century, Kellogg invented cornflakes as part of a diet that he felt would lessen the sex drive and diminish the practice of masturbation. There was a growth of anti-masturbation concern amongst doctors in the middle of the nineteenth century.

However, from the 20th century onwards, with the increase in medical studies and research the opinion of doctors about masturbation has taken a U-turn. With more meaningful and reliable results, masturbation is cure today.

One of the most commonly searched terms is side effects of masturbation for men. There are no side effects unless masturbation interferes with your work.

Apart from numerous myths and facts, you find over the internet regarding masturbation here are a few from sexologist desk.

  1. Masturbation is the safest form of sex. You won’t get pregnant or get infected with STDs while masturbating. However, frequent or rough masturbation can cause minor skin irritation.
  2. There is no “normal” amount of masturbation. If you masturbate many times a day and have a healthy, satisfying life, good for you. But if you masturbate many times a day and you’re missing work or giving up on sex with your partner because of it, consider seeing a sexologist or psychologist.
  3. Masturbation doesn’t cause erectile dysfunction or infertility.
  4. Masturbation can help your sex life since it’s how men learn what they like during sex.
  5. Masturbation doesn’t cause low sperm count.
  6. There are currently no records or studies that point to negative physical health effects from masturbating.
  7. Masturbating cannot hinder your physical or psychological self.
  8. It’s safe and healthy for a woman to masturbate when she has her period. Some women masturbate during menstruation to relieve menstrual cramps.
  9. You are never too old to masturbate. It’s perfectly healthy to masturbate at any age.
  10. You should only masturbate if you want to. Some people never do. If someone says they don’t masturbate, it’s totally fine.
  11. Whether you start masturbating early or late, it has nothing to do with your sex drive. Children often discover that it feels good to touch their genitals, and may begin masturbating long before puberty. It’s normal.

But if masturbation is affecting your work, then it’s time to consult a psychiatrist.

The 19th century saw many inventions designed to prevent men and women from masturbating. Some these include erection alarms, penis cases, sleeping mitts, bed cradles to keep the sheets off the genitals and hobbles to keep girls from spreading their legs. Well, necessity is the mother of invention.

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