Is Masturbation Bad For Me

Is Masturbation Bad For Me
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 31-03-2023

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Masturbation involves deriving sexual pleasure from touching one’s genitals. Most individuals indulge in the act of masturbation from time to time. It is a way of satisfying sexual needs as well as arousing oneself. It is a private activity that needs to be dealt with sensitivity. However, more often than not, individuals are subject to various myths and doubts about masturbation. One of them is deciding whether it is bad for one’s health or not.

The act of masturbation is completely normal as it is not harmful either physically or mentally (unless aggressive means are applied). Thus, masturbation does not cause health issues such as infertility, shrinking of genitals, etc. In fact, it is considered a safe way of sexually engaging oneself without the risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

People often engage in this act due to reasons such as the following:

  • Relieving sexual tension

  • Learn about their sexual responses
  • Express their sexual desires
  • Reduce stress
  • Sleep better

Most individuals, including adolescents and young adults, engage in masturbation to explore their sexual tendencies. Thus, it is associated with a sense of well-being and is not meant to inflict harm.

The act of masturbation, therefore, is not unhealthy or harmful. However, there are important considerations related to it. As a sexual expression, masturbation occurs in private moments only. Engaging in it publically is highly inappropriate and also considered illegal. Another important aspect is its frequency. Although there is no specific number that decides its threshold, a key point to look out for is the extent to which one’s social or personal life gets affected by engaging in it. Concerns related to this can be discussed with a mental health professional.

Masturbation is common across cultures and age groups. Thus, it must be dealt with with an open mind. This is especially important when young children have questions related to it. As an act of sexual exploration, masturbation should be explained without attaching guilt or shame to it so as to develop a healthy attitude toward it.

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