DO YOU MASTURBATE ? (pro’s and con’s)

Masturbation is considered a natural and safe way for men and women to express sexuality and may help promote self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-confidence (both physically and emotionally)
original by Alex Words
 Today’s course I’ve chosen a taboo subject cause it’s the most frequently exaggerated subjects on the internet. Though many appear being truthful, a deeper understanding of the cause and effect needs to be addressed.
 Why not present the pro’s and con’s of masturbation, each and everyone of you will be able to understand and asses their current status and YOU will be able to know for sure what, why and where.
 Cause it is not about experience, it’s just about information and when information is involved I would like my blog to be of reference, I made a selection of the most common and well tested theories and placed them in a short article. Most of what is written is not my own writing, so please enjoy !
 So just as leak of what is to come, I want to share the next information for you all to see why it is important that penises have their daily erection, and please understand though the article is more inclined to talk about the male genitalia, women can take the information as their own (unless it is regarding the prostate) :
So Koskimaki MD, PhD, a urologist at University Hospital in Tampere, Finland says :

Both forms of sexual activity seem to protect nerve fibers and blood vessels responsible for erectile function and prevent scarring of the chambers inside the penis that fill with blood to form an erection.”Meaning  sex and masturbation helps the phallus be healthy.

THE BENEFITS OF MASTURBATION
The physical benefits of masturbation and having an orgasm or ejaculating creates heightened arousal while epinephrine courses through the body, producing the flushed face, shallow breath and post-climactic euphoria. It is held in many mental health circles that masturbation can relieve depression, stress and lead to a higher sense of self-worth (Hurlbert & Whittaker, 1991). Masturbation can also be particularly useful in relationships where one partner wants more sex than the other – in which case masturbation provides a balancing effect and thus a more harmonious relationship.Mutual masturbation, the act by which two or more partners stimulate themselves in the presence of each other, allows a couple to reveal the “map to [their] pleasure centers”. Witnessing a partner masturbate is an educational activity to find out the method a partner pleases him- or herself, allowing each partner to learn exactly how the other enjoys being touched.In 2003, an Australian research team led by Graham Giles of The Cancer Council Australia concluded that frequent masturbation by males appears to help prevent the development of prostate cancer. The study also indicated that this would be more helpful than ejaculation through sexual intercourse because intercourse can transmit diseases that may increase the risk of cancer instead. Also, frequent ejaculation is more easily obtained and sustained over time with the aid of masturbation.

A study published in 1997 found an inverse association between death from coronary heart disease and frequency of orgasm even given the risk that myocardial ischemia and myocardial infarction can be triggered by sexual activity. Excerpt, “The association between frequency or orgasm and all cause mortality was also examined using the midpoint of each response category recoded as number of orgasms per year. The age adjusted odds ratio for an increase of 100 orgasms per year was 0.64 (0.44 to 0.95).” That is, a difference between any two subjects appeared when one subject ejaculated at around two or more more times per week than the other. Assuming a broad range average of between 3 to 5 ejaculations per week for healthy males, this would mean 5 to 7 ejaculations per week. This is consistent with a 2003 Australia article on the benefits against prostate cancer.

Masturbation is also seen as a sexual technique that protects individuals from the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Support for such a view, and for making it part of the American sex education curriculum, led to the dismissal of US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders during the Clinton administration.

Sexual climax, from masturbation or otherwise, leaves one in a relaxed and contented state. This is frequently followed closely by drowsiness and sleep – particularly when one masturbates in bed.

Some people actually consider masturbation as a cardiovascular workout. And while doctors have no proof of this actually being true, those suffering from cardiovascular disorders (particularly those recovering from myocardial infarction, or heart attacks) should resume physical activity (including sexual intercourse and masturbation) gradually and with the frequency and rigor which their physical status will allow. This limitation can serve as encouragement to follow through with physical therapy sessions to help improve endurance.

For those that are too lazy to read it all or just want a summary :
  • masturbation can relieve depression, stress and lead to a higher sense of self-worth, NOT TO BE confused with self-esteem;
  • It balances out the sexual drive of a partner in a relationship;
  • thru masturbation we learn “the map” to our pleasures and orgasm;
  • it may have a beneficial effect to preventing prostate cancer;
  • the subject of masturbation was introduced in sex education as an alternative to sex and a way of preventing sexual transmitted diseases;
  • sexual climax (orgasm) from masturbation can relax and calms down a person, it can induce sleep if done in bed;

THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MASTURBATION

Many side effects that will be presented here can actually replace the positive effects. As there is an fine line between a healthy and compulsive / between control and addiction.

Who read my other articles should have learned by now that anything done excessively can get you addicted. Addiction is never Ok, as balance is what our bodies live on, it’s the universal law of function.

According to Louanne Cole Weston, PhD, a board-certified sex therapist “One lesson of long-term relationships is that both people need not be interested in doing the exact same things at the exact same time – and that includes sex.”  If the partners within a relationship are capable of communicating their needs, desires, and expectations with one another, masturbation can then be part of a healthy component of a relationship.

But what is healthy sexual experience and where does it stop being healthy ?

Men who have trouble getting erections have sex less often than men with normal sexual function, several studies have shown.

But can a long sexual dry spell actually cause erectile dysfunction (ED)? And can men cut their risk for ED by having sex (or masturbating) on a regular basis?

According to the Mayo Clinic.com, 3-6% of Americans suffer from sexual obsession, a disorder found more commonly in men. Sexual obsession or sexual addiction may result in socially and financially detrimental consequences including using sexually explicit phone lines, visiting x-rated web sites and sex-related chat rooms, or exposing oneself in public.  Most individuals who suffer from such illnesses may seek treatment with a counselor, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist for counseling, therapy, and medication.

Excessive masturbation can stimulate acetylcholine/parasympathetic nervous functions. This immoderate amount of stimulation can result in an over-production of sex hormones and neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin, causing a considerable change in body chemistry.

The side effects of these changes in body chemistry can manifest themselves as:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Memory loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Groin/testicular pain

Because over-masturbation distresses liver and nervous system functions, it can also lead to sexual exhaustion (even in younger males). This can include the appearance of impotence or erectile dysfunction in males way before the average age of onset. Seminal leakage, otherwise described as the emission of sperm from the penis without an erection, is another common problem associated with extreme masturbation. This is a sign that the nerve keeping the ejaculation valve shut is weakening because of excessive use and over-stimulation.
To add to the associated physical problems, in extreme cases, your compulsion with masturbation may get in the way of your work and family life the same way any other addiction (like alcohol or gambling) would.

So what are the long term effects of excessive masturbation ?

Polyxeni Dimitropoulou, PhD; Rosalind Eeles, PhD, FRCP; and Kenneth R. Muir, PhD, obtained detailed sexual histories from 840 men. About half the men got prostate cancer by age 60, and about half did not have cancer.

The findings were surprising. Sexual intercourse did not affect prostate cancer risk. But frequent masturbation did — in different ways, at different times of life.

 “Frequent masturbation during men’s 20s and 30s increased their risk of prostate cancer” Dimitropoulou tells WebMD (LINK). “But men in their 50s who masturbated frequently had decreased risk.”

Of course, masturbation frequency is relative:

For men in their 20s, “frequent masturbation” was two to seven times per week. Compared to same-age men who reported masturbating less than once per month, 20-something frequent masturbators had a 79% higher risk of prostate cancer by age 60.

For men in their 50s, “frequent masturbation” was one or more times per week. Compared to same-age men who reported never masturbating, 50-something frequent masturbators had a 70% lower risk of prostate cancer.

What’s going on? The study wasn’t designed to answer that question. But Dimitropoulou and colleagues have some theories.

They suggest that young men genetically predisposed to have hormone-sensitive prostate cancer will be at higher risk if their bodies naturally produce high levels of male hormones — the same hormones that give them an intense sex drive.

So it’s not masturbation itself that’s increasing prostate cancer risk in young men. More masturbation may just mean more sex drive — and more androgens bathing prostate tissues.

SO TO THE QUESTION :  HOW OFTEN CAN I MASTURBATE UNTIL I SHOULD WORRY ?? 
ANSWER IS :  When you feel that masturbation is the answer to your : social, physical and psychological problems. Address your problems accordingly, don’t lay on masturbating.

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Posted on September 26, 2013, in Sex ED and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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