Most of the adults, adolescents, grown-up childrern even children below 6-7 yrs.(though they may not know the term), whether male or female, have performed ‘Masturbation’ sometime in their lives; there are other synonymous terms like ‘Self-abuse’, ‘Self-gratification’, ‘Auto-erotism’ also;
Let us first define the term. It is an act of self-stimulation of female or male genital to arouse sexual pleasure of self to the point of orgasm or sexual climax. There is a lot of taboos on this issue.
Yes, the subject is somewhat uncomfortable or embarrassing to discuss with, yet I think, each of us, yes, each of us must have a transparent conception about the matter. There was a time when the practice was considered to be a guilt, a misconduct, or a vice or a sin, even a crime! And I think, still today, it is considered to be so by a considerable large section of members of the society. And this is a blunder! A great misconception! Let it be known to one and all that this practice is a healthy practice, yes, a healthy practice, provided ….. So, we should know that we are not committing any guilt or sin in practicing masturbation, it is a natural thing to happen in life. And, it is rightly said that, most of the healthy men and women have performd this sometime in their lives.
Researches prove that every person, whether male or female, has practiced this in her/his life; many of adults even used to practice this even if they are married or have sex partners. There are a lot of positive points in practicing masturbation:
1)It releases the inner pressure, restlessness and gives a satisfaction to ease the mind and heart.
2)It satisfies the sexual need of an adult human without an iota of danger to contact Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
3)Very often, it brings a deep sleep which is otherwise very difficult to set in.
4)It minimizes the attitude of violence, oppressive nature of male members in general.
5)It brings a sense of calmness and equanimity of temperament.
Like everything, it has also negative sides:
1)Though, controversial, some say that it is related to Prostrate Cancer.
2)Too much indulgence gives rise serious health and social problem, for, during orgasm, considerable amount of vital fluid is lost. Frequent masturbation may lead to ill-health unless supported by a balanced food; it also gives a sense of guilt, so the subject becomes shaky, shy and vacillating type; as a result, her/his interpersonal relation is disturbed
3)Sometimes, a great deal of injury occurs to the genitals, bringing danger to future sex life.
So, the inference is that masturbation is good and healthy provided there is a limit in practice.
What should be the healthy frequency of practicing masturbation?
It depends on the age, the state of health and gender of the person. It is observed, in practice, that male members of the society practise masturbation more frequently than their counter part.Again, the length of sexual life, by Nature, is more in male compared to female. In the phase of the height of sexual activity in male, say between age 25 to 45, this can be practiced safely once a day; below .and above this range, it may be 2-4 times a week or so. However, this is a very conservative estimate, I do admit. Another approach is that one can practise it so many times a week that would not disturb her / his normal activities even a bit.
What is Compulsive Masturbating Disorder? Can you throw some light on it?
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