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Masturbation - Is It Bad For You?

Masturbation is one of those topics that has lots of myths around it. Probably because many of us can feel awkward talking about it. In fact, we are sure that a good number of you might have repositioned yourself to read this blog post if you are in public so that no one else can see what you are reading. The truth is masturbation isn’t unhealthy or bad for you at all! It can be good for your health, both mentally and physically. Although many people feel uncomfortable talking about masturbation, many of us have done it at some point. It’s an entirely common practice. However, keep in mind that the choice to masturbate is entirely up to you. Some like it and others don’t. If you are considering it, here’s what you need to know…



What’s masturbation?

It involves touching the genitals or other sensitive areas of the body for sexual arousal or pleasure. It serves as a natural and safe way to explore your body, feel pleasure, and release built-up sexual tension. You see, when you have an orgasm, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that block pain and make you feel good. The good feelings that come with an orgasm happen both during sex and masturbation.


Is it bad for your health?

No! Despite what you might have heard, masturbation is not bad for you. No evidence suggests it harms your mental or physical health.

Some common myths you might have heard are it causes:

These are all false! Some people may also believe that masturbation can negatively impact romantic relationships or may indicate that one partner is experiencing sexual dissatisfaction. Also not true!


So what are the side effects?

Just like anything else, if not done in moderation or correctly it could have effects. For example:

  • Bacterial infection, including UTIs - not from masturbating itself, but from not cleaning sex toys or hands properly before use

  • Skin irritation - if you masturbate too frequently or too roughly

  • Guilt - Because masturbation is stigmatized, you might feel uncomfortable or guilty when masturbating. If you feel guilty, you can speak with someone you trust about why you feel this way and how you can move past your feelings of guilt.

  • Masturbation addiction - Masturbating may be considered too much if it causes harm to your relationships and other parts of your life or if it interrupts your work or studies.

What about the benefits?

Masturbation is an enjoyable and pleasurable activity and it has several health benefits. For instance, it may help you:

  • relieve built-up stress

  • relax

  • sleep better

  • boost mood

  • relieve cramps

  • release sexual tension

  • improve self-esteem

  • have better sex

  • better understand your wants and needs

  • prevent anxiety and depression

Answering some of your frequently asked questions?

Are there any good reasons for abstaining from masturbation?

Although it is a healthy, pleasurable, and natural activity, some people may choose to abstain from masturbation when it begins to interfere with other activities or relationships. Additionally, some may also decide to abstain from masturbation for personal or religious reasons.


How much is too much?

It can be hard to say how much masturbating counts as excessive masturbation because it varies from person to person. Instead, it’s more helpful to ask yourself how you feel about masturbating. If it negatively affects your relationships or interferes with other activities like school or work then that might be an issue.


Can I masturbate during my period?

Many people experience an increased sex drive during their period, and it’s normal to masturbate during this time. It is harmless and can still bring sexual satisfaction. Moreover, it can help relieve cramps and headaches. Just make sure your hands are clean and follow common hygiene routines.


Why do I orgasm only from masturbation and not from sex?

If you orgasm from masturbation only, it could be a sign that you know what you like. Try to teach your partner where to touch you and what to do. Feel free to show them what you like. Let your partner get to know your body the way you know it.

What’s the best way of doing it right?

There’s no “right” way to masturbate, but there are strategies that might improve your experience:

  • Wash your hands and any sex toys before and after masturbating

  • Urinate before and after masturbating to avoid a UTI

  • Use lubricant to help with dryness and to avoid chafing

In summary

Masturbation is completely healthy and natural. Whether you choose to do it or not, Is entirely up to you. Don’t let anyone shame you for your choice to do it or not. Besides, it has numerous health benefits and typically no harmful side effects.

Stay informed, stay in control Do you have any other questions on this topic? Share in the comments




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