How masturbation improves mental health

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Shamelessly ripped from: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/sex-101/masturbation-23901.htm : because I'm too much of a lazy fag and do my own fucking research on this.

Planned fucking Parenthood wrote:

Masturbation at a Glance

  • Masturbation is commonly defined as touching one’s own body, including sex organs, for sexual pleasure.
  • Masturbation is a common and safe kind of sex play.
  • Masturbation has many health benefits.

For many of us, masturbation is a taboo topic. There are many harmful myths about masturbation that may cause us to feel uncomfortable about it. These myths can cause guilt, shame, and fear.

Let’s get the facts straight. Masturbation is a natural and common activity for both women and men. Here are some common questions people ask about masturbation. We hope you find the answers helpful.

Masturbation is commonly defined as touching one’s own body, including sex organs, for sexual pleasure.

There are many slang terms for masturbation, including

  • jacking off
  • jilling off
  • jerking off
  • spanking the monkey
  • double clicking the mouse
  • self-love

Masturbation often ends in orgasm, but not always.

Masturbation is very common. Studies show that about 7 out of 10 adult men and more than 5 out of 10 adult women masturbate. It’s also common for children and teens to masturbate.

The most common reasons adults give for masturbating are to

  • relieve sexual tension
  • achieve sexual pleasure
  • have sex when partners are unavailable
  • relax

Many people think that others masturbate only when they do not have a sex partner. But that is not true. In fact, people who have regular sex partners are more likely to masturbate than people without sex partners.

What Are the Benefits of Masturbation?

Masturbation can be good for mental and physical health. People who feel good about their bodies, sex, and masturbation are more likely to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy.

Masturbation is also one of the best ways we can learn about our sexuality. It can help us explore the types of touch we like the most and help us learn how to get excited and how to reach orgasm.

Learning about what feels good to you can increase your chance of feeling sexual pleasure with sex partners. When you know what you like when it comes to sex, your comfort with sex increases. And when your confidence and comfort level are high, it is easier to let your partner know what you like.

Masturbation can enhance our physical, mental, and sexual health and the health of our sexual relationships. Masturbation may

  • create a sense of well-being
  • enhance sex with partners, physically and emotionally
  • help people learn how they like to be touched and stimulated sexually
  • increase the ability to have orgasms
  • improve relationship and sexual satisfaction
  • improve sleep
  • increase self-esteem and improve body image
  • provide sexual pleasure for people without partners, including the elderly
  • provide sexual pleasure for people who choose to abstain from sex play with another person
  • provide treatment for sexual dysfunction
  • reduce stress
  • release sexual tension
  • relieve menstrual cramps and muscle tension
  • strengthen muscle tone in the pelvic and anal areas, reducing women’s chances of involuntary urine leakage and uterine prolapse

 

 

Mutual Masturbation
Masturbation is often thought of as a solo act. However, many people also enjoy mutual masturbation. Mutual masturbation is two or more people masturbating in one another’s presence. In addition to the potential benefits of masturbation listed above, mutual masturbation may

  • be a safe way to explore sex play with another person with no risk for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (Because partners are not touching each other, there is no risk of infection — and no risk of pregnancy unless semen gets on a woman’s vulva.)
  • provide sexual pleasure and intimacy before partners are ready for sex play
  • teach people what kind of touch their sex partners like

So there.

Score one for Planned Parenthood.

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Sideways comment

 

 

Hey, here's a thing. When Leeuwenhoek was doing his microscopic studies in the late 16-somethings, he was shagging his missus one night and after getting there (I assume he withdrew and aimed at a slide propped discretely on her tummy) he dashed to the microscope "within 5 pulses of the heart" and saw to his amazement little creatures with tails swimming therein. 

The tie-in here is that when he sent his findings to London's Royal Society he was quick to point out that the discharge was as the result of conjugal coitus, not through 'defiling his own body'. Chuckle. Further, the microscope he used to observe sperm for the first time - I'm a bit surprised he could run across a room and focus so soon after the event, to be honest - recently sold for near half a million American at auction. 

 

 

"Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. The rest is poetry, imagination." Max Planck

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Another sideways comment, if you don't mind...

Atheistextremist wrote:
Hey, here's a thing. When Leeuwenhoek was doing his microscopic studies in the late 16-somethings, he was shagging his missus one night and after

getting there

(I assume he withdrew and aimed at a slide propped discretely on her tummy) he dashed to the microscope "within 5 pulses of the heart" and saw to his amazement little creatures with tails swimming therein. 

The tie-in here is that when he sent his findings to London's Royal Society he was quick to point out that the discharge was as the result of conjugal coitus, not through 'defiling his own body'. Chuckle. Further, the microscope he used to observe sperm for the first time - I'm a bit surprised he could run across a room and focus so soon after the event, to be honest - recently sold for near half a million American at auction.

I guess  Leeoo-winsomethingoranother (Dutch? Belgian?) got more of a hardon for science than shagging. Einstein didn't have that problem. In fact, he had more of Rich Wood's idea of mating and marriage in his head. I guess he kinda liked actual women instead of science or theism.

 

I get a hardon for tinynibbles.com and its idea of human sexuality.

Unfortunately, it is nsfw.

 

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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If masturbation makes one

If masturbation makes one mentally healthy, then I am the most sane person on the face of the planet. WHAT? TMI?

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Brian37 wrote:If

Brian37 wrote:

If masturbation makes one mentally healthy, then I am the most sane person on the face of the planet. WHAT? TMI?

Ah... but do you play GTAIV and are a Steelers and Jenna Jameson fan? I'm still trying to figure ragdish's comment out and I don't think he targeted anyone in particular.

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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Quote:Ah... but do you play

Quote:
Ah... but do you play GTAIV and are a Steelers and Jenna Jameson fan? I'm still trying to figure ragdish's comment out and I don't think he targeted anyone in particular.

 

Ehh, if you're a fan of Jenna Jameson at this point, you may want to look in the mirror and scream "WHHHYYYYYYY!!!??"

 

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 I must have missed the

 I must have missed the thread that inspired this, but I am pro-masturbation, especially the mutual kind. 

If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that's brotherhood. But if you - if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that's not brotherhood, that's hypocrisy.- Malcolm X

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                                                                  I'm doing it right now. 

"Most people are ass holes." Jesus of Nazareth

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ProzacDeathWish

ProzacDeathWish wrote:

                                                                  I'm doing it right now. 

You know, I only have myself to blame for tipping over the first domino. BTW how did you get the avatar of me? Thats an x-ray of what I am doing right now after reading this post.

Why do I do this to myself?

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Brian37

Brian37 wrote:

ProzacDeathWish wrote:

                                                                  I'm doing it right now. 

You know, I only have myself to blame for tipping over the first domino. BTW how did you get the avatar of me? Thats an x-ray of what I am doing right now after reading this post.

Why do I do this to myself?

 

                                       Lol 

"Most people are ass holes." Jesus of Nazareth

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(oh how I rue typing on netbooks/notebooks/whtvritscalled)

I like to hang out with my wang out

I like to rock out with my cock out

I stroke the rod that I use to prod

I beat my dick like it owes me money

(this would be so much easier with an actual mouse instead of one of these ridiculous "touchpads"!)

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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Who says cats aren't people :P

Beyond Saving wrote:

 I must have missed the thread that inspired this, but I am pro-masturbation, especially the mutual kind. 

It was inspired by a Jewey leftist catburger-hoarding gold-speculating humanitarianist theistard. The kind that herds people like those often seen in my current avatar.

 

Mutual can be fun... but only if it's watching two other people being mutual! I'm more of a lesbian rape/lesbian 'ravishment'/mother-daughter exchange/female genetic sexual attraction/queening with a smotherbox kind of guy myself.

Laughing out loud

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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Thanks for the giggle fit, Kap...

Kapkao wrote:

I'm more of a lesbian rape/lesbian 'ravishment'/mother-daughter exchange/female genetic sexual attraction/queening with a smotherbox kind of guy myself.

Laughing out loud

 

 

"Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. The rest is poetry, imagination." Max Planck