Okay let’s get the facts straight, the number of myths about masturbation is nothing short of amazing. Masturbation is as normal an act as going to the bathroom or breathing air for both men and women. Since masturbation often contributes to better physical and emotional health. It’s important that people feel comfortable pleasuring themselves whenever the spirit moves them, albeit in appropriate situations. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the myths that have proliferated about masturbation and get to the truth about them.
Masturbation causes blindness. Or hairy palms. This is sure an old one. It was also believed that masturbation could lead to insanity, tuberculosis, and death. If this were true half the population wouldn’t be here. These popular myths developed because of parental and religious organizations wanting to keep children and young people from masturbating believing that sex was only meant for procreation.
Masturbation causes impotence. Not sure who came up with this one. Guys who spend a lot of time gratifying themselves often make excellent lovers. They know what their penis enjoys and so are able to ‘rise to the occasion’ themselves during sex to take advantage of that information. They also typically learn more about stamina and so can often delay their ejaculations longer than they would otherwise. Yes, there are some men who masturbate a lot and may have trouble reaching orgasm in partner sex; but usually this has less to do with masturbation than with other physical or psychological factors.
Cereal dampens the desire to masturbate. This myth came about because John Harvey Kellogg (founder of Kellogg’s cereals) was very vocally against sex and masturbation. He believed that cereals had a de-stimulating effect on people and could be used to control a young man’s lust. Maybe he just ate too much of his cereal and had a full stomach?
Men who masturbate daily can’t father a child. Most definitely not true – and something any man needs to know before using masturbation as a form of birth control! Studies have demonstrated that even men who masturbate daily still produce more than enough sperm to father many children. So if you don’t want kids, make sure to use appropriate birth control.
Only single men masturbate. Solo-based sex continues to be a big part of people’s lives even when they are in committed, long-term relationships with frequent partner-based sex. One survey indicates that 70% of men in relationships still masturbate regularly.
Young boys who masturbate become sex addicts. Again, if this were true, the world would be overrun with sex addicts. Masturbation is a normal part of most people’s childhoods and a valuable way for a young person to learn about his body.
There are also health benefits that go along with masturbation such as stress relief, fewer headaches, improved sleep and better concentration.
You Can Masturbate Too Much – This is not really this case. Unless masturbating interferes with or becomes a substitute for your real life experiences it’s not a problem. However, if it causes you physical injury or you use it as an escape from problems in your relationship or your life then you should consider it being excessive. However, this is typically quite rare.
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