Masturbation represents different ways of stimulation of genital organs in order to get sexual satisfaction. Both men and women can masturbate and it can be performed in various ways and using different techniques.
Health aspects of masturbation
Many scientists state that masturbation has certain health benefits. In a study conducted in Australia, researchers found that risk of developing prostate cancer was substantially lower in men who masturbated more than five times a week. Ejaculation removes toxic products of metabolism from male reproductive ducts, thus decreasing the risk from cancer. Masturbation also contributes to strengthening pelvic musculature and prevents erectile dysfunction. The final act of sexual activity - ejaculation is proven to increase the levels of cortisol. Cortisol is also called a "stress-hormone" as it protects the body from stress and boosts immunity.
In women, masturbation can lower the frequency of urinary infections, make pelvic pain during period less intense, and increase threshold for pain.
Negative effects of masturbation
Along with increasing occurrence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), masturbation is today considered incomparably safer than sexual intercourse. Traditional ways of masturbation are generally considered safe, but there are numerous inadequate ways to masturbate that can produce some bad consequences. There are different cases of men and women using homemade improvised tools in order to achieve sexual satisfaction, some of which can hurt genital organs and cause bleeding or even worse complications requiring surgical management.
It is a very common question how often should one masturbate. There is no general answer to that question because it includes individual factors.
A person can masturbate as long as there are no side effects of masturbation.
The line is crossed when masturbation produces the inability to participate in daily activities, such as work, sexual activities with the partner, sleeping patterns, etc. If besides those problems the person still has the need to masturbate, then they should contact a psychologist in order to discover the reason for such behavior.
In conclusion, traditional ways of masturbation are perfectly safe and even beneficial, and are the components of normal sexual life of both men and women. There is no fear of STDs, pregnancy, and other issues related to sexual intercourse, but on the other hand, nontraditional ways of masturbation using improvised tools can result in injuries and infections.
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