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Masturbation is good for you, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

Published on:4 October 2021, 19:00pm IST
Masturbation has been steeped in myths and misconceptions, and is considered an even bigger taboo for women. It’s time to bust them all so that you can pleasure yourself without any worry!
Geetika Sachdev
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There is a whole lot of misinformation around masturbation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Masturbation is a taboo in our society, more so for women. The act of arousing or sexually stimulating one’s genitals is looked down upon as if it’s a crime to pleasure yourself. Let’s face facts — masturbation is a normal physical function, and as natural as peeing or breathing

Even then, masturbation has been stigmatised to another level, so much so that there are so many myths and misconceptions around it. 

truth about masturbation myths
Masturbation does not seem to have any harmful effects. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

Without further ado, let’s get to them right away. 

Myth 1: Masturbating is bad for your health

Fact: It is actually quite the opposite. It helps with stress relief, improved sexual satisfaction, increased emotional intelligence, reduces menopausal symptoms, and contributes to a better self-image. In fact, it holds sexual benefits for older women, including reducing vaginal dryness and pain during sex. So, when are you going to pleasure yourself?

Myth 2: People who masturbate too much are addicted

Fact: False! There’s no hard and fast rule for the number of times one can masturbate in a day. So long as you are not hurting yourself, avoiding your responsibilities, and engaging in masturbation as a means of escape. 

Myth 3: People in relationships don’t masturbate

Fact: Anyone can masturbate, irrespective of their relationship status. And there’s nothing wrong with masturbating, even when you are involved with someone else. There are certain partners who feel ‘cheated’ when their partners masturbate, or they feel that they aren’t good enough in bed, that’s why this is happening. But what’s important to understand is that every person has different levels of sexual desire, and all of them are healthy. 

truth about masturbation myths
Women find it really hard to confess about masturbation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In fact, some couples also enjoy masturbating together. You could always experiment and see how it works for you!

Myth 4: Masturbation is not a normal part of sexual development

Fact: It is absolutely normal! In fact, a study published in the JAMA Pediatrics that involved more than 800 teenagers between ages 14 to 17 found that 74 percent of boys, and more than 48 percent of girls, masturbate. And guess what? There’s really nothing unhealthy about it! 

Also, read: These are 7 things you must NEVER use for masturbation

Myth 5: Masturbation can make you blind

Fact: In the past, it was believed that sex was only meant to pop babies. Of course, masturbation isn’t for that, so it was considered full of issues. Some people also believed that masturbation could lead to tuberculosis, hairy palms, and even death.

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.