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Dangers of Masturbating: Myths, Legends or Facts?

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I used to belong to the school of thought that believed in the immense benefits of repetitive masturbation.

Until med-school happened.

As much as we like to suppress it, we are sexual beings. Our genetic makeup makes it all the more undeniable.

While many are desirous of some form of sexual relationship, only a fraction of them enjoys some orgasmic session with a partner. Some are stuck in the fantasy island of wet dreams. Others take the route of masturbation, little wonder the porn industry rakes in billions of dollars annually.

Growing up, masturbation was considered a taboo.

Anyone caught masturbating was insulted, and put to shame.

Damning the consequences, a lot of people still indulged in the act. It was the easier path to take if an orgasm was desired compared to wooing the opposite sex, and getting down in the sack.

Yet, there were hushed discussions among peers and friends about the dangers of masturbation.

Wrong or right, many of us gulped these details hook, line and sinker partly because the tale was quite harrowing and described by people we trusted.

But is masturbation healthy? Are there dangers associated with self-gratification? Let’s solve this mystery once and for all.

Masturbation and Orgasm

For those who don’t know, masturbation involves an individual touching his/her genital to derive pleasure and reach orgasm.

Let’s face it:

Orgasms are blissful.

They relieve stress, improve blood flow, help you sleep better and they are certainly worth the effort.

So who wouldn’t want to travel to an orgasmic paradise? I know I would.

Frankly, if you don’t have an orgasm over a long period of time, your body makes it happen through wet dreams, and this is common in males due to their high testosterone level.

Masturbation might seem like a pretty harmless venture especially considering how it helps you reach orgasm, but a lot goes under the pipeline to make this possible.

The Science of Masturbation

Masturbation goes beyond rubbing your genitals with your hands. If you take a look at your genitals, there are nerves scattered around them.

According to health.com, there are 8000 nerve endings in the glans of the penis alone (the penis tip). The clitoris has just about the same number of nerve endings as well. Apparently, rubbing these areas would create some sensation in your genitals. The penis swells and the clitoris peeks up.

Many of these actions are controlled by hormones. Before this happens, you would often have been excited. If it is not porn, it is memories of a previous tryst.

 

When stimulated, dopamine is released by the brain which in turn triggers an increase in testosterone level. This explains the surge in blood level within the penis, clitoris, and labials.

When you keep rubbing your genitals, the parasympathetic system kicks in, and an orgasm takes place.

So what’s wrong with masturbation?

Ever heard of the idiom, too much cook spoils the soup? That’s the problem with masturbation.

When it’s done in excess, the dangers become visible – maybe not initially.

“Who masturbates every day?” That’s what we all say.

But we are guided by our senses. For someone who indulges in masturbation, anything which is slightly sexual or brings back memories of a previous sexual encounter would have them beating their genitals in record time.

Deny it all you want, but these are facts.

Frankly, I dare you to avoid masturbating for a week. Thinking about how hard that is, right?

You are addicted.

Getting hooked to masturbation is much easier than a drug lust.

First, you are not seeing a problem.

In fact, you believe you are doing something good by releasing all that pent up lust. While it makes sense to you, your body is sobbing from the damage you are doing.

The untold facts about masturbation

By masturbating daily, you are burning more calories which could go into more useful ventures.

The release of dopamine becomes problematic as you release more of the biochemical compound than the previous session.

Your excitement comes at a cost, and the extra dopamine level is expected to take care of that.

As you release more of the chemical, the dopamine receptors which are expected to get triggered become less sensitive to the pleasure chemicals.

This explains why it takes longer to reach orgasm through sex for those guilty of excessive masturbation.

It goes beyond the sensitivity of the glans of the penis but the change in your biochemical makeup due to masturbation.

Another side effect of excessive masturbation is the decline in testosterone due to an increase in female sex hormones like prolactin and estrogen.

With this decrease in testosterone level, senescence (ageing) sets in. You look older than your age.

Mood swings, depression and muscle loss are also consequences of masturbation when it is done in excess.

Another myth claims masturbation causes hair loss. According to ???, a study conducted in 2001 on a select group of adult males who abstained from masturbation showed no sign of alteration of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is linked to hair loss.  Apparently, nothing supports the claim that excessive masturbation is linked to hair loss as claimed.

Generally, having an orgasm comes at a cost. Those fluids discharged were produced using materials which you either consumed or your body manufactures. When you masturbate continually, these things are depleted faster than they are produced. This affects your body resulting in ageing, sexual insensitivity, and erectile dysfunction later on.

What could be done?

Don’t overdo it.

Masturbation isn’t harmful when done in moderation.

Have some days off to allow your body to replenish what’s lost.

Also, when you masturbate, can you skip watching porn? It has more effects on your brain than you can imagine.

Finally, diet is important towards keeping the negatives of masturbation at bay. Regular ingestion of certain vitamins and minerals can help restore the testosterone levels which are depleted when you masturbate.

And don’t forget to live more.

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