What are the effects of masturbation on the body?

In this blog we discuss the various effects of masturbation on the body. 

We will also briefly discuss what masturbation is, how common it is, and how it impacts your mental health.

What are the effects of masturbation on the body?

The most potent impact masturvaton has on the body is the decrease in stress, increase in relaxation, and improvement in mood as well as a healthy maintianance of one’s sexual health and libido. 

The way masturbation affects the body includes its effects on the brain. Masturbation triggers the brain to release various neurochemicals which inturn triggers the release of hormones that impact the body and overall health.

The effect masturbation has on that body has a lot to do with how it impacts the brain. When an individual reaches an orgasm while masturbation, the signals of the brain triggers the brain to release certain hormones in the body and this leads to different effects on one’s physical body. 

Some of these effects, according to S.Ferguson, author for Healthline, include:

  • The release of dopamine in the brain increases the levels of these happiness hormones which lead the individual to feel satiated, rewarded, and other positive feelings which improves mood. 
  • Another chemical that is released includes endorphins which reduces pain in the body and decreases stress as well as improves mood. 
  • Orgasms also trigger the brain to release Oxytocin which is a hormone that is usually released to make a person feel loved and bonded to others, and when someone masturbates the chemical can make them feel positive feelings as they would when they feel loved and this can a positive impact on their overall mood. 
  • Prolactin is another hormone that is released that plays an important role in improving your mood and immune system.
  • While it is not clearly understood how, orgasms after masturation can also help an inidvdidual concentrate better and remain more focused- most experts believe that this is because the individual feels more relaxed and destressed. 
  • It can help alleviate stress and anxiety in the body due to these hormones that are released. These chemicals can regulate stress by reducing blood pressure and lowering cortisol levels (healthline).
  • Another positve impact on yourbody is that mastubation can help sustain a healthy libido and sex drive of an indidvdiuals that can directly impact their overall sexual wellness. 
  • Some researchers believe that masturbation decreases the likelihood that prostate cancer will develop in individuals. Researchers believe that frequent ejaculation might be linked to prevention of cancer causing agents in the prostate gland. However, more research needs to be done to have conclusive evidence on how cancer and masturbation is linked since there are studies that show otherwise. 

What is masturbation?

Masturbation is a sexual, self pleasureing activity ususlaly done alone or with a partner where indidvdiuals stimulate their genitals for sexual pleasure with or without the intent to orgasm. 

Masturbation involves touching, rubbing, penetration etc of vartous parts of one’s body for sexual pleasure. The parts of the body that are involved include the penis, scrotum, clitoris, vulva, breasts and anus. 

Masturation is a very common activity that indidvdiuals can engage in to explore their own bodies, imorive their sexual knowlegde, and is ahealthy way to learn how to achieve an organsm and sxual fullfilment. 

As mentioned above, masturation can also occur between two people known as mutual masturvation, however, for such a case, there is need for consent to be given and obtained. 

Masturbation is a common behaviour that is seen in individuals or all genders and at different ages. Children might also engage in masturation as they begin to develop sexual and become curious about their own bodies. 

Teens and adults also enage in these behavors as a healthy way to explore their own bodies, leanr about their pown sexual needs and pleasue, and attain sexual fullfilment. 

It is a very common experience however, it depends on personal preferences as to how much an indidvdidual masturabtes and in what form or what way. 

How common is masturbation?

When ti comes to the prevalence of masturation, the reported percentages can differ according to the culture that surrounds sex and sexual development of the population. 

In one recent study conducted from 2012 to 2013 in Australia, the report showed that more men reported to masturbate than women with a percentage of 72% whereas only 42% of women reported to masturbate. 

It is speculated that the huge discrepancy in percentages is because it is more likely that women underreport their habits due to stigma and gender issues surrounding shame and secry related to female sexuality. 

Accoridng to a reseach conduted by an adult sexual toy distrubting company TENGA across five countries- United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain with over 5000 respondents, it was reported to be a universal behavior amongst americans who were higher in percentage as compared to reposndents of other countries. 

It was summarised that men were reported to masturbate more with the use of adult content whereas women were more likely to use imagination. The view of masturbation was reported to be more positive, and a majority of them viewed it as a form of self-care and stress reliever. 

Is masturbation bad for your health?

No. Masturbation is not bad for your health. 

In fact there has been plenty of research that suggests that masturbation is an activity that can boost your overall health- be it sexual health, physical health, and mental health. 

However, one has to understand that excessive or incorrect masturation can lead to a few problems. These problems include:

  • Infections and UTIs caused by unclean toys or hands.
  • Skin irritation and infection caused by too frequent or too rough.
  • Swelling on the gential areas due to frequent masturbation. 

These side effects are not caused by mastrubation itself but rather it is caused by incorrect masturbation or excessive masturbation. 

Excessive masturvation that is obsessvive and gets in the way of sexual fullfillent with your partners, your day to day life and repsonibsilities etc- can be a sign of masturbation addiction whcih can negatively impact your health and mental well-being. 

Masturation also has a lot fo stigma around it, like most sexual issues, this can lead to a lot of guilt that can impact your emotions, your sense of self leading to other mental health problmes. 

Masturbation can affect sensitivity during sex for men, not because of masturbation itself, but because of their technique- for example their grip is too tight which can decrease sensation.

How does masturbation impact your mental health?

As mentioned earlier, masturbation not only impacts your physical body but also your mental health. Annamarya Scaccia for healthline notes a few ways that masturbation can impact your psychological health:

Guilt

Masturbation, especially when the cultural or spiritual climate is such that it is considered morally wrong, can lead to a lot of emotional stress stemming from guilt. 

This is mostly in the case of cultures where secual health includeing masturation is not edcuated to young people and instead myths and stigma is fed to these growing minds. This can lead them to develop a lot of guilt and shame- leading indidvdidual to negatively associate with masturation. 

Some people may feel guilty about masturbating because of cultural, spiritual, or religious beliefs.

Addiction to masturbation

It is possible that masturbation can lead to an addiction, and this is mainly the case when the indidvdiual is struggling with other underling mental and emotional issues such as lack of fullfiment fro their relationships or their lives, and also compulisons. 

Mastubation becomes an addiction when it gets in the way of sexual fullfillent with your partners, your day to day life and repsonibsilities etc. This can be a sign of masturbation addiction whcih can negatively impact your health and mental well-being and also harm your relationships 

Improvement in mood and reduction in stress. 

Masturbation and its impact on the brain, the release of neuochmeicals and hormones can impact your overall leves of stress in a positive way as it can lower cortisol levels, imoirve mood, and lead to more bonding and relaxation. 

Another chemical that is released includes endorphins which reduces pain in the body and decreases stress as well as improves mood. 

Orgasms also trigger the brain to release Oxytocin which is a hormone that is usually released to make a person feel loved and bonded to others, and when someone masturbates the chemical can make them feel positive feelings as they would when they feel loved and this can a positive impact on their overall mood. 

Prolactin is another hormone that is released that plays an important role in improving your mood and immune system.

Improvement in sleep

Oxytocin and endorphins that are released are associated with relaxation and thus, masturbation can improve sleep which can further help your mental health

Sexual fulfillment 

Another positve impact on yourbody is that mastubation can help sustain a healthy libido and sex drive of an indidvdiuals that can directly impact their overall sexual wellness.

Masturbating can help you figure out what’s pleasurable and exciting for you and release sexual tension.

Conclusion

In this blog we discussed the various effects of masturbation on the body. 

We have also briefly discussed what masturbation is, how common it is, and how it impacts your mental health.

What can Mastubation do to your body?

The most potent impact masturvaton has on the body is the decrease in stress, increase in relaxation, and improvement in mood as well as a healthy maintianance of one’s sexual health and libido. 

The way masturbation affects the body includes its effects on the brain. Masturbation triggers the brain to release various neurochemicals which inturn triggers the release of hormones that impact the body and overall health.

What do you mean by Mastubation?

Masturbation is a sexual, self pleasureing activity ususlaly done alone or with a partner where indidvdiuals stimulate their genitals for sexual pleasure with or without the intent to orgasm. 

What is seuxal health?

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as,

“…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” (CDC)

References

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Ferguson.S. Does Masturbation Have Positive or Negative Effects on the Brain? Healthline. Retrieved on 21st feb 2022. https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/masturbation-effects-on-brain

Nichols.M. Are there side effects to masturbation? Medical News Today. Retrieved on 22nd Feb 2022. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320265

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