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Some people are embarrassed because there are many myths out there that masturbation is dirty or shameful. It may seem like no one is doing it, because masturbating is private and people don't usually talk about it.

But the truth is most people masturbate. Men masturbate. Women masturbate. Trans and genderqueer people masturbate. Straight people, gay people, and bisexual people masturbate. People of all ages masturbate. Some people masturbate a few times a day, while others do it once in a while. And some people never masturbate — that's absolutely fine, too.

Many people think that masturbation is only for individuals or people who do not have sex, but that is not at all true. Lots of people masturbate for lots of different reasons no matter what their relationship status is. If your girlfriend or boyfriend masturbates (or needs to masturbate) it's completely normal — it doesn't mean you're not good enough, and it doesn't mean they're not in you.


There are many myths about masturbation. While many of these have been debunked many times, they seem to resurface again and again. Most masturbation claims aren't supported by science. Also, there is no empirical evidence to show masturbation causes any of the potential adverse effects. Masturbation will not cause:

  • blindness
  • hairy palms
  • impotence later in life
  • erectile dysfunction
  • low sperm count
  • infertility
  • mental illness
  • physical weakness


Improved stimulation — like masturbation — can help to increase sexual desire and responsiveness for women who have sexual dysfunctions. In fact, two 2009 studies found that the use of vibrators among women and men was linked to an increase in desire, excitement and sexual function overall. Women also reported increased lubrication, while men reported enhanced erectile function, the studies suggest. Because of their methodology masturbation can affect men's sensitivity during sex. Research has shown that during masturbation too tight a grip on a penis can diminish sensation. Sexual health experts recommend adjusting the masturbation technique to restore the level of sensitivity during sleep.

Physical Causes

  • A quite common phenomenon is to stimulate your own erogenous zones.
  • Most women, however, are tormented by concerns as to whether female masturbation is harmless to their health and whether it affects the regularity of the menstrual cycle.
  • Fears regarding female masturbation are groundless. Instead, experts highlight its positive aspects, such as the opportunity to:
  • Get to know your own body better
  • Better your sex life, as masturbation makes your sexual responses more relaxed and aware, relieve stress
  • Boost your mood from endorphin release
  • Masturbation is sure and even good for you in most cases.It can help you explore your body and reduce physical as well as emotional stress
  • Contrary to myths, self-pleasure doesn’t cause blindness or infertility. It benefits sleep quality and does away with depression and irritability
  • One can not become pregnant or contract sexually transmitted diseases while masturbating. The exception is when one uses sex toys from another or comes into contact with another person's genitals
  • Infections are spread through seminal and vaginal fluids
  • If masturbation does not cause you discomfort or interfere with your everyday life, it is harmless.

The Truth About Masturbation

  • Masturbation does not cause hairy palms.
  • Masturbation doesn't hurt your eyesight, or make you blind.
  • Masturbation does not cause acne.
  • Masturbation will not cause your penis to shrink.
  • Masturbation will not make you go insane.
  • Masturbation does not cause cancer.
  • Masturbation will not make you infertile or sterile.
  • Masturbation will not turn you into a pervert.
  • Masturbation will not give you an STD
  • Masturbation is not self-abuse
  • Masturbation is not a characteristic of a homosexual lifestyle.
  • Masturbation is not unnatural.
  • Masturbation will not interfere with your social and emotional development.
  • Masturbation is not infidelity.

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