Masturbation; Normal Or Harmful?


Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the genitals to achieve
sexual arousal and pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm (sexual climax). It
is commonly done by touching, stroking, or massaging the penis or clitoris
until an orgasm is achieved.
Who Masturbates?
Just about everybody. Masturbation is a very common behavior, even
among people who have sexual relations with a partner.
Why Do People Masturbate?
In addition to feeling good, masturbation is a good way of
relieving the sexual tension that can build up over time, especially for people
without partners or whose partners are not willing or available for sex.
Masturbation also is a safe sexual alternative for people who wish to avoid pregnancy and the
dangers of sexually
transmitted diseases
. It also is necessary when a man must give a
semen sample for infertility
 or for sperm donation. When sexual dysfunction is
present in an adult, masturbation may be prescribed by a sex therapist to allow
a person to experience an orgasm (often in women) or to delay its arrival
(often in men).
Is Masturbation Normal?
While it once was regarded as a perversion and a sign of a mental
problem, masturbation now is regarded as a normal, healthy sexual activity that
is pleasant, fulfilling, acceptable, and safe. It is a good way to experience
sexual pleasure and can be done throughout life.
Masturbation is only considered a problem when it inhibits sexual
activity with a partner, is done in public, or causes significant distress to
the person. It may cause distress if it is done compulsively and/or interferes
with daily life and activities.
Is Masturbation Harmful?
In general, the medical community considers masturbation to be a
natural and harmless expression of sexuality for both men and women. It does
not cause any physical injury or harm to the body, and can be performed in
moderation throughout a person’s lifetime as a part of normal sexual behavior.
Some cultures and religions oppose the use of masturbation or even label it as
sinful. This can lead to guilt or shame about the behavior.


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