Loads of us were raised to believe that masturbation is bad. Even though it feels so good, doing it leaves you ridden with guilt and shame. Sound familiar? Well, we’re here to give you some great news: not only is masturbation totally okay, but it’s actually good for you – just like safe sex is good for you too.
Check out some of the most common masturbation myths we’re busting right here.
Masturbation myth #1: It can damage your genitals
Sheesh, that sounds awful – so thank goodness it’s not true. Think about your genitals for a second: they’re tough, so give them some credit! Over hundreds of thousands of years, our genitals have evolved to be resilient and tough – after all, they’re designed to reproduce life. The only real issue you may have is a little chafing of the more delicate skin around the genitals during extended sessions, but simply solve that with some lube – saliva, vegetable oil or any commercial variety.
Masturbation myth #2: It can ‘use up’ all your orgasms
Physiologically speaking, orgasms are unlimited! Sure, it’s true that you might only be able to comfortably enjoy a limited number during each session, but you can have thousands of orgasms in your life and you’ll never run out, no matter how many you achieve through pleasuring yourself. And yes, this applies to female masturbation too.
Masturbation myth #3: It can make you infertile
Healthy masturbation won’t use up all a man’s sperm or semen. In healthy guys, the testicles are always making sperm, and the prostate continually produces seminal fluid. Masturbation does not cause infertility and it won’t affect your chances of getting pregnant (or getting someone pregnant).
Masturbation myth #4: Women can become addicted to masturbation toys and vibrators
Some women especially like vibrator stimulation, both when they’re alone and when they’re with a partner. This doesn’t mean it’s an addiction – it’s simply a personal preference. Plus, using a vibrator with your partner can be a fun and sexy addition to your sex life. And, if a woman needs a vibrator to reach orgasm, that’s totally fine – some women need the extra stimulation, and that’s perfectly okay in solo or partner sex.
Masturbation myth #5: People in relationships don’t masturbate
Definitely not true! Studies show that people with regular sex partners are actually more likely to masturbate than people who aren’t regularly having sex. If you (or your partner) masturbates, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your relationship. It can even help to improve your sex life – and, if you feel comfortable, you can do it together to add an extra exciting element to your love life.
Masturbation myth #6: Masturbation is only for men
Female masturbation is just as common, healthy and enjoyable as male masturbation, because let’s face it: whether you’re a guy or a girl, masturbation feels good, it’s super relaxing, and it’s part of being a human with a body and normal human urges. Statistically speaking, around seven out of 10 men masturbate, while at least five out of 10 women do it.
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