Did your mother ever tell you to “stop that or you will go blind?” I’m sorry, but mom was wrong. Happily, there is no known correlation between masturbation and poor eye sight.
Masturbation is very common, even with those in relationships. Several reports have claimed that over 95% of men masturbate.
We know most are ‘doing it’, but what are the possible health side effects of masturbating? First, you could reduce your risk of prostate cancer through regular masturbation. A study of over 1000 men who had developed prostate cancer and 1,250 men who had not, found those who had ejaculated the most between the ages of 20 and 50 were the least likely to develop the cancer. Why? It appears that ejaculating may prevent carcinogens from accumulating in the prostate gland.
For those that suffer from urinary incontinence, masturbation may help you to “hold your water” by strengthening the pubococcygeus muscles. If masturbation is not enough to help, then there are exercises known as the “Kegel workouts” that can also help strengthen this muscle. In addition to helping with urinary incontinence these exercises can help create a stronger erection, help with premature ejaculation and can even “allow some men to achieve a form of orgasm without allowing ejaculation, and thereby perhaps reach multiple “climaxes” during sexual activity.”
Masturbation can also lead to better sex and sexual relationships. Masturbation is a great form of intrapersonal communication, and may positively affect your ability to relate to a sex partner. Masturbation is a method by which you can get to know what you enjoy and do not enjoy, potentially enhancing sex with a partner. Masturbation may lower your blood pressure. A small study has shown that full intercourse resulted in the lowest average blood pressure in stressful situations with masturbation also leading to lower blood pressure compared to those with no recent sexual activity.
And some professionals even consider masturbation to be a cardiovascular workout. (hummm, I wonder if I can get Weight Watcher activity points for jerking off?)
It is important to remember, as with all things, moderation is key. Too much of a good thing, even masturbation, can be a problem. Compulsive masturbation can be a sign of other emotional problems and can have some undesirable outcomes. But for the most part, masturbation is regarded as a normal, healthy sexual activity that is pleasant, fulfilling, acceptable, and safe.
It is a good way to experience sexual pleasure, possibly improve your health, and can be done throughout your life.