14 Jun 2019
#HealthBytes: 5 common myths about masturbation busted!
Misconceptions about masturbation have been around since a long time, because people have given it a bad rap, citing various untrue mental and physical health concerns.
Now, getting to the point, stimulating your own genitals for sake of sexual pleasure is completely normal and healthy.
Here are 5 common myths about masturbation, and why they don't make any sense.
Myth: Masturbation can damage your genitals
People have been duped into believing that regular masturbation can cause serious damage to genitals, and lead to threatening conditions like penile fractures and erectile dysfunction.
But truth be told, rubbing and stroking of genitals is completely normal, since human private-parts have evolved to be strong and resilient for these obvious acts.
However, to avoid rashes and chafing, use of natural lubricants is recommended.
Myth: Masturbation can lead to mental health issues
Another widely propagated lie about masturbation is that it can cause a number of mental health issues among those who practise it.
But, if the word of medical experts is anything to go by, un-obsessive and controlled practice of self-love is a healthy dimension of one's sexuality, with no mental health side-effects.
That said, unrestrained masturbation could actually take a toll on your health.
Myth: Men who masturbate will run out of sperms
It is wrongly believed that men who practise masturbation are wasting their sperms, and will one day run out of their sperm count, becoming infertile.
But in actuality, sperm production is an unending, natural process of the testicles, that starts in puberty, and continues all throughout.
However, frequent masturbation among men is known to actually reduce semen volume and density per ejaculation.
Myth: Frequent masturbation will ruin sex with partner
It is generally said that regular masturbation will reduce your sexual stamina and affect your performance, when in bed with a partner.
On the contrary, medical experts believe that self-stimulation can actually help individuals understand their sexuality better.
Additionally, it can help women find their G-spot, that would further enhance sexual pleasure.
Myth: Masturbation can cause acne, or make you go blind
Experts suggest that these myths were born in times when sex was seen simply as a way of reproduction, and not as a means of pleasure.
At that time, masturbation (as it doesn't facilitate procreation) was considered abnormal, and harmful for health.
However, common sense states that there is no connection between masturbating and acne, or even your eye health for that matter.