what many of us may have been told by our parents, teachers,
or religious leaders, masturbation does not cause physical
injury or harm to the body. Weve all heard the many myths about masturbation.
Here are some of the leading myths:
leads to blindness
causes you to grow hair on the palms of your hands
causes you to become impotent later in life
leads to mental illness
permanently reduces libido, desire, and/or sexual performance
permanently reduces the quantity or quality of semen
We are happy to report that all of these myths and misconceptions
have been proven
to be false by the medical community.
Masters and Johnson who are a team of physicians
who pioneered the field of human sexuality, and other
researchers have demonstrate no negative short-term or long-term medical health effects from masturbation.
the fact that there are no physical health consequences
that may result from the practice of masturbation, there
are emotional aspects that should be taken into consideration.
if masturbation occurs within a marriage or relationship
between two individuals where self-pleasure takes the
place of having sex with a partner, this act could potentially
damage the self-esteem of the latter. However, according to Louanne Cole Weston,
PhD, a board-certified sex therapist One lesson
of long-term relationships is that both people need not
be interested in doing the exact same things at the exact
same time and that includes sex. If the partners within a relationship are capable
of communicating their needs, desires, and expectations
with one another, masturbation can then be part of a healthy
component of a relationship.
masturbation may have negative social consequences if
one becomes preoccupied with self-pleasure to the point
that it interferes with ones job and ones
This includes spending excessive time masturbating
while failing at attempts to reduce or control these activities
resulting in interference with ones day-to-day life
to the Mayo Clinic.com,
3-6% of Americans suffer from sexual obsession, a disorder
found more commonly in men.
Sexual obsession or sexual addiction may result in socially
and financially detrimental consequences including using
sexually explicit phone lines, visiting x-rated web sites
and sex-related chat rooms, or exposing oneself in public.
Most individuals who suffer from such illnesses
may seek treatment with a counselor, clinical psychologist
or psychiatrist for counseling, therapy, and medication.
concerns associated with the act of masturbation stems
from the inherent negative connotations and discomfort
associated with discussions of sexuality and sexual expression.
Thus, a variety of views have emerged over the
centuries regarding masturbation and its consequences
both physiologically and psychologically even if
they are not scientifically based.
is a considered a natural and safe (both physically and
emotionally) way for men and women to express sexuality
and may help promote self-awareness, self-acceptance,
and self-confidence. By exploring ones own body visually and by touch, this knowledge
can be carried over to provide for a stronger and satisfying
sexual relationship with ones partner by opening
lines of communication regarding what their body responds
May help to reduce stress and release sexual tension
May help a person become more comfortable with his
or her own sexuality
Masturbation eliminates the potential for pregnancy
or transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
Being self-aware of ones body and sexuality
may better prepare him/her for sexual activity with a
Frequent and vigorous masturbation may produce skin
abrasions or superficial bruising/temporary discoloration.
Masturbation may become an obsession or addiction.
Masturbation may become an obsession or addiction
which is generally felt to be the case if it reduces time
available to participate in other activities (i.e. social
relationships, job, work). This may lead to diversion
of income toward sex merchandises (i.e. videotapes, chat
rooms, online pornography, phone chat lines).