WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MASTURBATION

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MASTURBATON

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one’s own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. It is a common activity. It is a common activity and a natural and safe way to explore your body, feel pleasure, and release built-up sexual tension. It occurs among people of all backgrounds, genders, and races. The stimulation may involve hands, fingers, everyday objects, sex toys such as vibrators, or combinations of these. Masturbation is frequent in both sexes and at any age. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to masturbation. Religions vary in their views of masturbation, some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view. The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries.

Despite the lack of evidence for negative health effects of masturbation is frequently recommended as a strategy to improve o

BENEFITS OF MASTURBATION

The American Medical Association declared masturbation as normal by consensus in 1972. It does not deplete one’s body of energy or produce premature ejaculation. The medical consensus is that masturbation is a medically healthy and psychologically normal habit. Solo masturbation is a sexual activity that is nearly free of risk of sexually transmitted infection. With two or more participants, the risk of sexually transmitted infection, while not eliminated, remains lower than with most forms of penetrative sex.

Sex therapists sometimes recommend that female patients take time to masturbate to orgasm for example, to help improve sexual health and relationships, to help determine what is erotically pleasing to them, and because mutual masturbation can lead to more satisfying sexual relationships and added intimacy. Mutual masturbation enables partners in a couple to reveal what pleasures them most and learn how they enjoy being touched. When intercourse is inconvenient or impractical, mutual masturbation affords couples the opportunity to obtain sexual release as often as desired.

In 2003, an Australian research team led by Graham Giles of The Cancer Council Australia found that males who masturbated frequently had a lower probability of developing prostate cancer.

RISKS OF MASTURBATION

A small percentage of males have post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS), which can cause severe muscle pain throughout the body and other symptoms immediately following ejaculation, whether due to masturbation or partnered sex. The symptoms last for up to a week. Compulsive masturbation and other compulsive behaviors can be signs of an emotional problem, which may need to be addressed by a mental health specialist. As with any “nervous habit”, it is more helpful to consider the causes of compulsive behavior, rather than try to repress masturbation.

BENEFITS OF MASTURBATION FOR MEN

  • For men, masturbation may help prevent prostate cancer. Toxins build up naturally in the urogenital tract.  Men who ejaculate over five times per week decrease these toxin levels. This significantly lowers their risk of prostate cancer.
  • With age men naturally lose muscle tone even in the penis.  Masturbation or regular sex in a way exercises the pelvic floor muscles and prevent erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
  • Masturbation can release stress and tension from the body by flooding the system with endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body and can lead to sound sleep.
  • Masturbating releases feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin that lifts your spirits, boosts your satisfaction, and activates the reward circuits in your brain.

RISKS OF MASTURBATION IN MEN

  • Masturbating daily is considered excessive by sex experts
  • Masturbating in a face-down position can exert too much pressure on the penis, therefore it is advisable to masturbate while sitting, standing or lying on the back
  • Squeezing of the penis while ejaculating should be prevented as this can damage the nerves and blood vessels in the penis and can also force semen into the urinary bladder.
  • Avoid touching the genitals of an infected person while masturbating as it is possible to contract the infection. Sexually Transmitted Diseases can also be contracted if the sex toy of an infected person is used.
  • Masturbation reduces sperm quality 

BENEFITS OF MASTURBATION IN WOMEN

  • Female masturbation helps prevent cervical infections and relieves Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). In fact, the desire to masturbate can be strong for a woman with UTI and with good reason because masturbating can help relieve the pain, lubricate the vagina and flush harmful bacteria from the cervix.
  • It helps women strengthen their relationship with themselves. This is because when you know and love yourself deeply on physical and emotional levels, you gain confidence and let yourself grow through self-awareness. It leads to proper self-expression in all areas of life and boosts your self-confidence.
  • Relieves women of depressed feelings as when they become aroused, the hormone levels of mood-boosting dopamine and epinephrine soar in their body.
  • Masturbation can help relieve emotional stress greatly, enhance the quality of sleep and help deal with insomnia.
  • Masturbation can help relieve stomach cramps.
  • In post-menopausal women, a narrowing of the vagina can make sexual intercourse and pelvic exams painful, but masturbation, particularly with a water-based lubricant, increases blood flow to the sex organs. This can help relieve moisture problems and prevent the narrowing of the vagina.

RISKS OF MASTURBATION IN WOMEN

  • Avoid touching the genitals of an infected person while masturbating as it is possible to contract the infection. Sexually Transmitted Diseases can also be contracted if the sex toy of an infected person is used.
  • If you rub yourself aggressively you may end up injuring your vagina.
  • You might end up conditioning yourself to become aroused or reach orgasm in one specific way, if you are masturbating in the way all the time.

GUILT FROM MASTURBATION

Some people may feel guilty about masturbating because of cultural, spiritual, or religious beliefs. Masturbation is neither wrong nor immoral, but you may still hear messages that self-pleasure is “dirty” and “shameful.” If you feel guilty over masturbating, speak with someone you trust about why you feel this way and how you can move past that guilt. Therapists that specialize in sexual health may be a good resource.

ADDICTION TO MASTURBATION

Some people can and do develop an addiction to masturbation. Addiction to masturbation can harm your relationships and other parts of your life. Masturbating too much may interrupt your work or studies, which can lower productivity. It may also hurt your romantic relationships and friendships, because you don’t spend as much time with your loved ones as you used to, or don’t pay attention to their needs. If you’re worried you may have an addiction to masturbation, speak with your doctor or a counselor about ways to cut down on masturbating. You could also cut down by replacing masturbation with other fun activities.

SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS VIEW ON MASTURBATION

Masturbation is an act of instant, self-gratification. It is quite the opposite of self-control that we are constantly reminded of in the Bible. Self-control is an act of obedience to our Holy God and the fruit of the the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) an act that requires restraint, thought, intentionality and delayed gratification. Religions view masturbation as a spiritually detrimental practice. Sexual immorality is a sin according to the bible. Jesus talks of lust (Matthew 5:27-30) and in centuries past, lust was defined as a strong desire or craving, whether it be good or bad. Lust is desire without restraint and essentially that is what is happening with individuals who choose masturbation. Masturbation most often occurs when a person is thinking sexual thoughts about someone who is not his/her spouse. The “lust of the flesh” (1John 2:16) is the sin. Masturbation is simply the result of sin. Sexual immorality is a sin and lust is a sin. While some people will argue that the Bible does not directly address masturbation, the action that most leads to it and perpetuates it is lustful thoughts, which are sinful which then makes masturbation a sinful act.

Masturbation is a tough topic to tackle. it is the causes guilt and shame and is still a taboo. If you are struggling with masturbation, talk to someone, a pastor, a counselor or a trusted friend who is rooted in God’s word. Remember abstinence and self-control is the best way to avoid masturbation.

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