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Masturbation: Absurd Myths, but fascinating benefits!

A well-known American-Hungarian Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz correctly said, “Masturbation is the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the 19th century it was a disease, in the 20th it’s a cure.”

It is the 21st century and we are still stuck right in the middle of these two thoughts on masturbation - is it a disease or a cure? Have we made the right thought progression? It is indeed triggering!

Masturbation is an intimate, passionate and sexual stimulation of one's genitals. It is an act of playing with your genitals for your sexual desire, usually to the point of orgasm. Not just that, but it can also be a healthy way to learn about your body. However, certain sections of society are still said to be living in the shadows - the myths regarding masturbation. It is not only challenging for people to talk about it, but it can also provoke many minds in our country. General observation in India is that most females are shy to speak about masturbation, the act or if they enjoy doing it. But when it comes to males, they are quite open to speak about masturbation. Let’s talk about married couples, wives tend to usually feel insecure when they learn about their husbands’ masturbating habits despite having a sex life. Whereas, it is the opposite with the husbands, some feel turned on by knowing or watching their wives masturbate. Sexual satisfaction indeed works in strange ways!

Its not just this, there are several other myths that are attached to masturbastion and are still believed in.

 

Few Myths that people believe are caused by Masturbation:

BlindnessHairy PalmsAcneImpotence later in life
Erectile dysfunction Penis Shrinkage Penis Curvature Damaged Genitals
Low sperm count Infertility Sexually use you up It’s wrong to masturbate, if you’re in a relationship.
Mental illness Physical weakness Vibrators ruin women for sex without them. Women can become addicted to vibrators.
 

What is really a myth if it is not busted? We are busting a few myths for you regarding masturbation. Trust US:

  • Masturbation does not make your eyesight weak or make you blind
  • It does not cause hairy palms, neither does it give you acne on your face
  • It will not make your penis shrink or disfigure it
  • The process will neither cause erectile dysfunction, nor will it damage your genitals
  • Masturbating doesn’t make you sperm count low or make it sterile. You can make children with your partner in the future easily.
  • Masturbating helps you to know about your body pleasures. It does not sexually use you up.
  • It’s perfectly fine and normal to masturbate if you are in a relationship. It not just fulfils your sexual desires, but also ‘up’ your sex game with your partner
  • Cases have been observed where some people get mental sickness and physically weak when they you do not indulge in masturbation
  • Vibrators do not ruin women’s sex-life, everybody deserves some alone-time to pamper and pleasure themselves. So who better than your vibrator-buddy to take you on a pleasure trip to wonderland?
  • Oh yes! Women can surely become addicted to vibrators, and why not? At least they play well and give immense pleasure to them, wrong advice is that they cause immense irritation to a woman’s private parts.
 

Well, this list is not complete yet. We do live in a diverse country, but with some weird mindsets of people, beyond the term ‘Orthodox’.

  • While some people think masturbating can make you go insane, others think it can also cause cancer. Everybody needs it, and everyone wants it. There’s no shame in hiding, and there’s no shame in feeling insane about it. Cancer still has a cure, but masturbation does not have one because it does not need one.
  • While some advice that it makes you a pervert, others feel it can give you a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). Well, masturbation is not a strange sexual interest, nor is it abusing the same or opposite sex. So it will not turn you into a pervert. Having unprotected sex with different people can cause STD, but masturbating can only drive you crazy for intimate pleasures, which is a normal human body need.
  • Some people think that it is self-abuse, a stepping stone to homosexual lifestyle and unnatural. Others feel it is infidelity and can hinder your social and emotional development. However, pleasuring and pampering yourself is not abuse. We all are free to choose anyone to be our life partner, whether you choose to be with the same sex or the opposite one. But, masturbation is your desire, whether you are straight or homosexual. It won’t make you step towards homosexuality unless you feel like, or want that lifestyle. It is natural, fidelity and does not hamper your social and emotional development.
 

We hope many of your doubts might have been cleared by now. But, clearing off the negative thoughts from your mind, it is also essential to let our readers know about its benefits.

People masturbate for various reasons which include pleasure, fun, enjoyment to release tension and more. While some individuals masturbate alone, others masturbate along with their partners. As we said earlier, it depends on individual’s choice, but some people who indulge themselves in masturbation also have a purpose behind it.

 

Check out some of the other reasons below to know why people masturbate?

Reduce stress Improve sex To enhance sleep quality To boost concentration To elevate mood To relieve menstrual cramps To alleviate pain
 

While some like to experience the pleasure of masturbation, others like to masturbate even in a long-term relationship or marriage. Everyone masturbates less or multiple times in a day, and there is no right or wrong sum of count to that. If you feel like masturbating, you do it, and it doesn’t matter whether you feel like getting into the process by watching a porn video/ film, listening to a romantic/sultry song or by using a different kind of sex toys.

Masturbation is only a problem if it interferes with your day to day life or if it is used as a substitute for real intimacy with your partner. Men often use pornography to masturbate but then again, this is only a problem if it interferes with your daily lifestyle by hampering your work and sexual relationship with your partner.

Masturbation can help you learn what you like and do not like sexually and how you need and want to be stimulated by your partner (especially for women). It is sometimes used to release stress, tension and fatigue to make oneself feel relaxed, pampered and pleasured, which can help in giving a calm and deep sleep to feel fresh and happy like never before. While some couples masturbate if they can't achieve orgasm with their partners through intercourse, but that is not the same with each couple. Some couples like to experience it to know more about their different intimate pleasure to enhance their sexual intimacy with each other. It helps in giving you a healthy and passionate relationship with your partner. While it is up to you whether or not you tell your spouse or partner that you masturbate, but being open and sharing your sexual interest with them will definitely make for a more lively and healthy conversation rather boring and confusing one were you brainstorm your mind and assume about the special spots of your partner to make him feel pleasure.

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