That means at least one out of every two of your guy friends has done it -- even if they won't admit to it. About half of the girls in your class are doing it, too. Here are some honest answers to questions you might have been too embarrassed to ask about masturbation. When you masturbate, you release sexual tension.
You'll have what's called an ejaculation. Ejaculation is the release of semen from the penis. Semen is made up of fluid and sperm. Masturbation will not harm your body. Many teens have heard strange but untrue rumors about what it can do, such as:. None of these things is true.
Masturbation won't hurt you and no one will know that you're doing it unless you tell them. About the only risk to masturbation is that it might irritate the skin of your penis. You can reduce that risk by using a lubricant such as lotion or K-Y Jelly.
Masturbation isn't bad or dirty. It's a normal part of your sexuality. You shouldn't feel any guilt or shame about doing it. Feeling guilty about masturbation can make you think badly about yourself. And that can be unhealthy. Whether or not you masturbate is up to you. There is nothing wrong with choosing to do it or not to do it. You can't catch a sexually transmitted disease STD from masturbating. You also do not lose your virginity by masturbating. When masturbation starts to take over your life, then it could be a problem.
If you'd rather hang out at home alone and masturbate than be with your friends, then you may want to talk to a therapist or psychologist for help. There is often no scientific evidence to show that masturbation causes any of the adverse effects suggested.
Masturbation will not cause:. Some couples worry that their relationship must be unsatisfying if either one of them masturbates; this, too, is a myth. Most men and women continue to masturbate either alone or together when they are in a relationship or married, and many find it an enjoyable part of their relationship. One study found that women who masturbated had happier marriages compared to those who did not masturbate.
Some people may experience chafing or tender skin if they are too rough, but this will usually heal in a few days. If men frequently masturbate within a short space of time, they may experience a slight swelling of the penis called an edema.
This swelling usually disappears within a couple of days. Some people who worry that masturbation conflicts with their religious, spiritual, or cultural beliefs may experience feelings of guilt. However, masturbation is not immoral or wrong, and self-pleasure is not shameful. Discussing feelings of guilt with a friend, healthcare professional, or therapist that specializes in sexual health might help a person to move past feelings of guilt or shame that they connect with masturbation. If men have an aggressive masturbation method that involves too tight a grip on their penis, they can experience decreased sensation.
A man can resolve this over time with a change of technique. Enhanced stimulation, such as using a vibrator, may increase arousal and overall sexual function in both men and women. Women who use a vibrator have reported improved sexual function and lubrication, while men experienced an improvement in erectile function. The jury is out as to whether masturbation increases or decreases the risk of prostate cancer.
Researchers need to conduct more studies before they can reach a conclusion. A study demonstrated that men who ejaculated more than five times each week during their 20s were one third less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer than those who ejaculated less often.
Researchers speculate that the reduced risk was because frequent ejaculation may prevent the build-up of cancer-causing agents in the prostate gland. A similar link between frequent ejaculation and a lower risk of prostate cancer was discovered in a study. Researchers found that men who ejaculated 21 times per month or more had a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. In contrast, a study found that frequent sexual activity during a man's 20s and 30s increased his risk of prostate cancer, especially if he masturbated regularly.
Someone who thinks they might be adversely impacted by their masturbation practice should speak with a healthcare professional. A doctor or counselor may suggest talk therapy to determine ways that they could manage their sexual behavior. Consulting a sex therapist may also help with coping strategies for excessive masturbation. Masturbation has many physical and mental health benefits. Few studies focus specifically on the benefits of masturbation, but research suggests that sexual stimulation, including stimulation through masturbation, can:.
Masturbation has also been identified as a strategy to improve sexual health by promoting intimacy, exploring self-pleasure, desires, and needs, reducing unwanted pregnancies, and preventing sexually transmitted infections STIs and HIV transmission.
Individuals who choose to abstain from sex or who do not currently have a sexual partner may often masturbate as a sexual outlet. Masturbation also has sexual health benefits specifically for older women, such as less vaginal dryness and decreased pain during sex.
Prevalence and characteristics of vibrator use by women in the United States: Masturbation among women is increasingly common. Evidence for masturbation and prostate cancer risk: He is faithful to do that which He promised, not just in a select few mighty men and women of God, but in all who are willing to come humbly before Him. You'll run out of sperm and won't be able to have children. For those of us in relationships in which consensual sex is a distant memory, this is the only outlet that many of us have. I had forgotten that 6 months of liberation was given as a sign for me that my weakness was not a bondage.
Some people may feel embarrassed, guilty, or ashamed when talking about masturbation. But masturbation is normal, healthy, and not something to feel guilty about. Masturbation will not lead to blindness or cause physical and mental health problems. In many cases, masturbation has more health benefits than adverse effects. Masturbation is usually only a problem if it begins to interfere with daily life and relationships with friends, family, coworkers, and romantic partners.
In those circumstances, it may be helpful to speak to a healthcare professional, especially a sex therapist. Article last reviewed by Thu 7 December All references are available in the References tab. Evidence for masturbation and prostate cancer risk: Do we have a verdict [Abstract]?
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