Masturbation, is it helpful or harmful?

There’s nothing more natural than getting the urge to rub one out, right? Well, the effects of masturbation on health and overall well being are actually up for debate. This is alarming when you consider that in one study, masturbation was registered by 95 percent of males and 89 percent of females. 

Most males and females experience masturbation as their first sexual act. It’s often a common part of a child’s discovery of their body when they are young. Masturbation is common in adulthood, and many people continue to do so throughout their lives.


Sexual development, including physical development, emotional development, learning, and improving language and communication skills, is an important part of a child’s natural growth and development. Contrary to popular belief, masturbation does not have any physical side effects. Excessive masturbation, on the other hand, can be harmful to your relationships and daily life.


It’s also done when a man has to give a sample of his sperm for infertility testing or sperm donation. Masturbation can be administered by a sex therapist to encourage a person to achieve an orgasm (often in women) or to postpone its arrival (often in men) when sexual dysfunction is present in an adult.


When it comes to the research, studies and articles pertaining to the topic of masturbation; there’s a prevalent perspective that self-pleasure could hold some benefits and a few issues regarding excessive or compulsive behaviors. Let’s take a look at the factors.


Benefits of masturbation

1. It can help you relax

Although oxytocin is widely referred to as the “love hormone” and is linked to social bonding, it is also linked to stress reduction and relaxation. According to a 2005 report, oxytocin is critical for stress regulation and anxiety reduction. It accomplishes this by decreasing blood pressure and cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that has been linked to stress.


2. It can help you fall asleep

Many people, according to anecdotal evidence, use masturbation to fall asleep — and it’s easy to see why. Since oxytocin and endorphins are linked to relaxation, it’s not surprising that masturbation can help you sleep, particularly if stress and anxiety are keeping you awake.


3.It may also affect your self-esteem

Masturbation may be a way for certain people to practice self-love, get to know their bodies, and spend quality time alone. Masturbation will improve your self-esteem because you’re learning to appreciate your own body and finding out what makes you happy.


4.It could improve your sex life

If you’re single or in a relationship, several sex therapists recommend masturbating regularly. A raise in self-esteem combined with relaxation can be beneficial to your sex life, in addition to the physical benefits of masturbation. When it comes to your libido, there’s some evidence that masturbating can aid in the maintenance of a healthy sex drive. This 2009 research, for example, ties frequent vibrator use to increased sex drive, improved sexual function, and overall sexual wellness. Masturbating will assist you in determining what is pleasurable and enjoyable for you, allowing you to demonstrate your preferences to your partner.


Side effects of masturbation


1.Societal pressure to refrain from masturbation

Because of cultural, moral, or religious values, some people might feel guilty about masturbating. Masturbation is neither wrong nor immoral, but warnings that self-pleasure is “dirty” and “shameful” can still be heard. If you’re feeling guilty about masturbating, talk to someone you trust about why you’re feeling this way and how to get past it. Therapists who specialize in sexual well-being could be a good source of information. Malay Men in Malaysia, a mainly Muslim country, might refrain to do so because of indoctrinated societal shaming, even though it might be beneficial to men’s health.


2.Addiction to masturbation

Masturbation addiction may harm your relationships and other aspects of your life. Masturbating excessively can cause interruptions in your work or research, lowering productivity. Since you don’t spend as much time with your loved ones as you used to, or don’t pay attention to their needs, it may damage your romantic relationships and friendships.


How much masturbation is too much?

Some people masturbate daily, or even several times a day. Some people masturbate once a week, once every few weeks, or once in a while. Some people never masturbate, which is perfectly acceptable. All of this is completely natural.


Masturbation becomes “too much” when it interferes with your work, obligations, or social life. If this is a concern for you, you may seek the advice of a psychologist or therapist.


Sexual desire is normal, but too much of anything can be harmful. Instead of increasing the frequency of your masturbation sessions, you should consider delving into more productive activities – allocating your time to things like sports or hobbies. This ensures a balanced, stable, and happy life for you.


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