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The Truth about Masturbation Myths
And yet for some people, there's still a stigma around masturbation that's led to misinformation and numerous masturbation myths. Read on to learn what's fact and what's fiction when it comes to masturbation.
Men who masturbate are wasting their sperm
Truth: While a man who frequently masturbates may find that he has a lower volume of semen per ejaculation, he won't run out, and he won't become infertile. His testicles begin producing and storing sperm during puberty and this sperm production continues throughout much of his adult life.
If you masturbate too much, you will be terrible in bed
Truth: Actually, masturbation can help many women find their G spots, which they can then tell their partners about, thereby enhancing their sexual experience. So no, it’s a myth that satisfying yourself sexually will diminish your performance in bed.
Women can become addicted to vibrators.
Truth: No. Over time, some women become particularly fond of vibrator stimulation and enjoy it during both solo and partner sex. It’s a personal preference, not an “addiction.” And if women need vibrators to have orgasms, that's fine. Some do. There's nothing wrong with incorporating vibes into partner sex. Many couples who try it never go back.
Masturbation is for the young.
Truth: Masturbation is a lifelong sexual activity. A survey showed 70 to 95% of adult men and women masturbate.
Frequent masturbation affects a woman’s fertility or man’s sperm production.
Truth: Masturbation is a completely safe sexual practice. It doesn’t have any negative impact on reproductive function.
Excessive masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Truth: Erectile dysfunction does not result from masturbation. What can happen with either sex is if you masturbate frequently and become used to a certain touch, whether it's vibration or your own hand, because of this you may become habituated to that sensation and find it more difficult to have an orgasm with your partner.
People in relationships don't masturbate.
Truth: People masturbate whether they are in a relationship or single. Some get jealous when their partners masturbate because they feel it's cheating, or that their partner is masturbating because they aren't good enough. But it's important to understand that people have different levels of sexual desire — all are totally healthy and normal, and some involve masturbation.
Masturbation causes sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Truth: Only skin-to-skin contact or a transmission of bodily fluids from an infected partner can spread an STD.
There are no health benefits of masturbation.
Truth: Masturbation has a number of health benefits. They include better sleep, reduced stress and tension, fewer headaches, improved concentration, increased self-esteem, a more youthful appearance, and better fitness. There are also a number of specific sexual health benefits for women - particularly older women — including less vaginal dryness and pain during sex.
People only masturbate when they're alone.
Truth: Some people masturbate together, and they incorporate masturbation into their sexual repertoires. Some couples enjoy watching each other masturbate, and some like to masturbate themselves to orgasm after other forms of sexual contact. Mutual masturbation is also a great way to have safe sex and prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Masturbation isn't real sex.
Truth: When people masturbate, they can get really aroused, which can result in very real orgasms. From a health perspective, masturbation is as “real” a sexual activity as intercourse, oral sex or kissing.
Men have to masturbate; women don’t.
Truth: While most statistics show men masturbate more than women, there’s no evidence suggesting this is due to a male biological need.
Masturbation ruins how other kinds of sex feels.
Truth: Masturbation can help other kinds of sex feel better, not worse. It’s about discovering what touching and sensations work for each individual. And it helps learn how to orgasm.
Only certain kinds of people masturbate.
Truth: Masturbation is not for the "simple-minded," the antisocial, or the immature. People with healthy attitudes towards sex are likely to masturbate at least occasionally.
It's more acceptable for boys to masturbate than girls.
Truth: Social attitudes toward female masturbation are much more negative, and these likely impacts women’s early masturbation. Whether girls masturbate or not depends on their personal beliefs, but every girl has the same right as a boy to explore her body in a safe way without feeling shame. One study showed women who masturbate have higher self-esteem than those who don't.
You can masturbate too much.
Truth: Masturbation only becomes too much if it serves as an escape from problems in your relationship, if it begins to affect your health, or if it turns into a substitute for real life experiences. Additionally, if masturbation causes physical soreness, emotional issues, problems with your relationship, or habituation issues, it may be a signal to cut back. But very few people ever get to this point.
Children shouldn't masturbate.
Truth: Masturbation is perfectly healthy at any age. It may not be masturbation as we know it, but even little kids touch and explore their genitals because it feels good. There are even ultrasound images where we can see masturbation occurring in utero.
Masturbation causes blindness, acne, hair loss, chronic fatigue, hairy palms or cancer.
Truth: "Many myths about masturbation come from beliefs back when people believed sex was only meant for procreation. Because masturbation isn't for procreation, it was considered problematic. People also believed sex could lead to insanity, tuberculosis, and death. Obviously, none of these things are true. In fact, doctors say masturbation has medical benefits. It can relieve stress, insomnia, headaches, PMS and menstrual cramps.
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