Benefits of masturbation
In my childhood, masturbation was referred in different slangs that made it difficult for even our elementary school teachers to understand what we meant whenever we had a chat about the topic that to this date, few dare talk about but am not that kind of hypocrite!Words like cuffing the carrot, pumping the python, roping the pony, polishing the rocket among others that we used to refer to masturbation are still vividly fresh in my mind.In lay man language, masturbation is the process of stimulating genitals with one’s hand for sexual pleasure and its very common among blokes who hardly have time for skirts whether its a sidecars, Paznazki, Mugbug, loudspeaker, jeezie, high jumper, blister or ace of spades.The proliferation of jerkin’ the gherkin slang phrases back in my days suggested few kinds wanted to talk about masturbation, but are uncomfortable about doing so directly. Using comedic terms provided a more socially acceptable way to express ourselves.So before I talk any more about it, let’s normalise it a bit. Masturbation, or touching one’s own genitals for pleasure, is something that babies do from the time they are in the womb. It’s a natural and normal part of healthy sexual development.According to a survey done recently, 90% of men admit to masturbating, as do 89% of women. But societal perspectives of masturbation still vary greatly, and there’s even some stigma around engaging in the act. Related to this stigma are the many myths about masturbation, myths so ridiculous it’s a wonder anyone believes them.They include weird assumptions that masturbation causes blindness and insanity, masturbation can make sexual organs fall off and masturbation causes infertility.
In actual fact, masturbation has many health benefits.A health researcher I sought views on this subject few days ago, told me that for women, masturbation can help prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections through the process called tenting, or the opening of the cervix that occurs as part of the arousal process.Tenting stretches the cervix, and thus the cervical mucous. This enables fluid circulation, allowing cervical fluids full of bacteria to be flushed out. He also told me that masturbation can lower risk of type 2 diabetes though this association may also be explained by greater overall health, reduce insomnia through hormonal and tension release, and increase pelvic floor strength through the contractions that happen during orgasm. For us men, masturbation helps reduce risk of prostate cancer, probably by giving the prostate a chance to flush out potential cancer causing agents.Masturbation also improves immune functioning by increasing cortisol levels, which can regulate immune functioning in small doses. It also reduces depression by increasing the amount of endorphins in the bloodstream. Masturbation can also indirectly prevent infertility by protecting people from sexually transmitted infections that can lead to infertility and also for us blokes we can’t get ourself one of these infections which by all means need to be avoided.In addition, the greatest benefit about masturbation is that it’s the most convenient method for maximising orgasms. And there are plenty of additional benefits from orgasms generally, including reduced stress, reduced blood pressure, increased self esteem, and reduced pain.
At the end of our conversation, it was clear from a sexual health point of view, masturbation is one of the safest sexual behaviours.There’s no risk of pregnancy or transmission of sexually transmitted infections and there’s no risk of disappointing a partner or of performance anxiety and there’s no emotional baggage. And, only an arm’s length away, is mutual masturbation.Mutual masturbation where two partners who are pleasuring themselves in the company of the other is a great and safe activity to incorporate into other partnered sexual activities.I learnt that it can be especially good to begin to learn more about what a partner likes and to demonstrate to a partner what an individual like. Open communication with a partner will improve sex life and relationship, but is also important for modelling communication skills for younger generations.Talking about masturbation also has benefits. Promoting sex-positive views in homes and in society, including around masturbation, allows young people to learn healthy behaviours and attitudes without stigma and shame.Those who feel embarrassed or need extra guidance to do this should seek out sex-positive sources of information.No doubt us singletons masturbation is the best option for us.