All About Masturbation

Sex surveys have found that people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations masturbate. Stimulating one's own genitals, often to the point of orgasm, can relieve sexual tension, reduce stress, induce pleasure, enhance sexual satisfaction with intimate partners, and promote rest and relaxation. Even young children have been known to masturbate, as they learn to explore their bodies.  

Although masturbation may conflict with some religious or cultural teachings, solo sex rarely has negative consequences. Masturbating doesn’t result in pregnancy and only rarely increases the risk of an STD, usually when sexual toys or other objects are used. It is common for people to masturbate alone or in the presence of a partner. However, excessive masturbation has been associated with more serious issues. If frequent masturbation interferes with work, relationships, or other aspects of everyday life, there may be a problem that could benefit from the help of a medical or mental health professional. 

The Pros and Cons of Self-Pleasuring

Masturbation is extremely common. More than half of women under 60 and over 70 percent of men under 60 report “self-servicing” at least semi-regularly. So why does the perennial debate and confusion on the subject? Recent research asks some compelling questions, such as whether masturbation is ever unhealthy, what the benefits and consequences of porn are, what masturbation means in the context of a relationship or marriage (as well as whether that answer could vary based on gender), and more.


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