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Samuel met up with his girlfriend Katie for a midday “afternoon delight.” As he grew stiffer, suddenly so did she.

Disappointed, Samuel realized this was now the third time in a month Katie had taken matters into her own hands (or, in this case, her own vibrator) before coming over. He decided to ask Katie to stop using her sex toy so they could improve their intimacy.

Katie acquiesced. She did get rid of the vibrator. Then she started using her electric toothbrush, instead...

Needless to say, they broke up, a perfect case study demonstrating the utter pointlessness of regulating a partner’s masturbation.

“I don’t regret how I handled it because it showed me there was a problem bigger than the masturbation,” says Samuel. (His and Katie's names have been changed for anonymity.) “It was trying to fix a symptom that you can never really fix.”


Regulating masturbation is an unwise, unwinnable and, in this case, unhealthy battle to stage. Or as researcher Steven D. Pinkerton sums it up quite nicely, “If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then surely masturbation is the world’s oldest avocation .”

To contextualize just how unrealistic it is to curb a relationship's masturbation:

80% of men and 63% of women ages 30-39 masturbated in the past year solo; 45% of men and 43% of women ages 30-39 masturbated with a partner. ( National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 2010 )

Close to 85% of men and 45% of women who cohabitate with a partner reported masturbating in the past year. ( The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994 )

Samuel met up with his girlfriend Katie for a midday “afternoon delight.” As he grew stiffer, suddenly so did she.

Disappointed, Samuel realized this was now the third time in a month Katie had taken matters into her own hands (or, in this case, her own vibrator) before coming over. He decided to ask Katie to stop using her sex toy so they could improve their intimacy.

Katie acquiesced. She did get rid of the vibrator. Then she started using her electric toothbrush, instead...

Needless to say, they broke up, a perfect case study demonstrating the utter pointlessness of regulating a partner’s masturbation.

“I don’t regret how I handled it because it showed me there was a problem bigger than the masturbation,” says Samuel. (His and Katie's names have been changed for anonymity.) “It was trying to fix a symptom that you can never really fix.”


Regulating masturbation is an unwise, unwinnable and, in this case, unhealthy battle to stage. Or as researcher Steven D. Pinkerton sums it up quite nicely, “If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then surely masturbation is the world’s oldest avocation .”

To contextualize just how unrealistic it is to curb a relationship's masturbation:

80% of men and 63% of women ages 30-39 masturbated in the past year solo; 45% of men and 43% of women ages 30-39 masturbated with a partner. ( National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 2010 )

Close to 85% of men and 45% of women who cohabitate with a partner reported masturbating in the past year. ( The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994 )

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm . [1] The stimulation may involve hands, fingers , everyday objects, sex toys such as vibrators , or combinations of these. [1] [2] Mutual masturbation (mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners) can be a substitute for sexual penetration . Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. [3]

Masturbation has been depicted in art since prehistoric times and is mentioned and discussed in very early writings. In the 18th and 19th centuries, some European theologians and physicians described it as "heinous", "deplorable", and "hideous", but during the 20th century, these taboos generally declined. There has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature. Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view. The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries. [4]

In the West , masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual enjoyment. Animal masturbation has been observed in many species, both in the wild and in captivity. [5] [6] [7]

The English word masturbation was introduced in the 18th century, based on the Latin verb masturbari , alongside the more technical and slightly earlier onanism . The Latin verb masturbari is of uncertain origin . Suggested derivations include an unattested word for penis , *mazdo , cognate with Greek mézea μέζεα , "genitals", or alternatively a corruption of an unattested *manusturpare ("to defile with the hand"), by association with turbare "to disturb". [8] [9]

While masturbation is the formal word for this practice, many other expressions are in common use. Terms such as playing with yourself , pleasuring oneself and slang such as wanking , [10] jerking off , [11] and frigging are common. Self-abuse and self-pollution [12] were common in early modern times and are still found in modern dictionaries. A large variety of other euphemisms and dysphemisms exist which describe masturbation. For a list of terms, see the entry for masturbate in Wiktionary .

Samuel met up with his girlfriend Katie for a midday “afternoon delight.” As he grew stiffer, suddenly so did she.

Disappointed, Samuel realized this was now the third time in a month Katie had taken matters into her own hands (or, in this case, her own vibrator) before coming over. He decided to ask Katie to stop using her sex toy so they could improve their intimacy.

Katie acquiesced. She did get rid of the vibrator. Then she started using her electric toothbrush, instead...

Needless to say, they broke up, a perfect case study demonstrating the utter pointlessness of regulating a partner’s masturbation.

“I don’t regret how I handled it because it showed me there was a problem bigger than the masturbation,” says Samuel. (His and Katie's names have been changed for anonymity.) “It was trying to fix a symptom that you can never really fix.”


Regulating masturbation is an unwise, unwinnable and, in this case, unhealthy battle to stage. Or as researcher Steven D. Pinkerton sums it up quite nicely, “If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then surely masturbation is the world’s oldest avocation .”

To contextualize just how unrealistic it is to curb a relationship's masturbation:

80% of men and 63% of women ages 30-39 masturbated in the past year solo; 45% of men and 43% of women ages 30-39 masturbated with a partner. ( National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 2010 )

Close to 85% of men and 45% of women who cohabitate with a partner reported masturbating in the past year. ( The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994 )

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm . [1] The stimulation may involve hands, fingers , everyday objects, sex toys such as vibrators , or combinations of these. [1] [2] Mutual masturbation (mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners) can be a substitute for sexual penetration . Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. [3]

Masturbation has been depicted in art since prehistoric times and is mentioned and discussed in very early writings. In the 18th and 19th centuries, some European theologians and physicians described it as "heinous", "deplorable", and "hideous", but during the 20th century, these taboos generally declined. There has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature. Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view. The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries. [4]

In the West , masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual enjoyment. Animal masturbation has been observed in many species, both in the wild and in captivity. [5] [6] [7]

The English word masturbation was introduced in the 18th century, based on the Latin verb masturbari , alongside the more technical and slightly earlier onanism . The Latin verb masturbari is of uncertain origin . Suggested derivations include an unattested word for penis , *mazdo , cognate with Greek mézea μέζεα , "genitals", or alternatively a corruption of an unattested *manusturpare ("to defile with the hand"), by association with turbare "to disturb". [8] [9]

While masturbation is the formal word for this practice, many other expressions are in common use. Terms such as playing with yourself , pleasuring oneself and slang such as wanking , [10] jerking off , [11] and frigging are common. Self-abuse and self-pollution [12] were common in early modern times and are still found in modern dictionaries. A large variety of other euphemisms and dysphemisms exist which describe masturbation. For a list of terms, see the entry for masturbate in Wiktionary .

Masturbation . What is masturbation ? ... If there is mouth to genital contact between your child and another child. If you feel your child is particularly unhappy or sad.

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 ...

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation may involve ...

1-8-2011  · Study Tracks Masturbation Trends Among U.S. Teens Data from nationwide survey finds boys starting earlier, doing more often than girls

What about all those things I’ve heard about the dangers of masturbation…is there any truth to them?
Throughout history, there have been many myths regarding masturbation.  All of these myths are false.  There is no medical basis for any of them.  Below are the TRUTHS about masturbation:

Written and compiled by Michelle Viglianco-VanPelt, M.D. and Kyla Boyse, R.N.  Reviewed by Jennifer Gold Christner, M.D.

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Samuel met up with his girlfriend Katie for a midday “afternoon delight.” As he grew stiffer, suddenly so did she.

Disappointed, Samuel realized this was now the third time in a month Katie had taken matters into her own hands (or, in this case, her own vibrator) before coming over. He decided to ask Katie to stop using her sex toy so they could improve their intimacy.

Katie acquiesced. She did get rid of the vibrator. Then she started using her electric toothbrush, instead...

Needless to say, they broke up, a perfect case study demonstrating the utter pointlessness of regulating a partner’s masturbation.

“I don’t regret how I handled it because it showed me there was a problem bigger than the masturbation,” says Samuel. (His and Katie's names have been changed for anonymity.) “It was trying to fix a symptom that you can never really fix.”


Regulating masturbation is an unwise, unwinnable and, in this case, unhealthy battle to stage. Or as researcher Steven D. Pinkerton sums it up quite nicely, “If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then surely masturbation is the world’s oldest avocation .”

To contextualize just how unrealistic it is to curb a relationship's masturbation:

80% of men and 63% of women ages 30-39 masturbated in the past year solo; 45% of men and 43% of women ages 30-39 masturbated with a partner. ( National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 2010 )

Close to 85% of men and 45% of women who cohabitate with a partner reported masturbating in the past year. ( The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994 )

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm . [1] The stimulation may involve hands, fingers , everyday objects, sex toys such as vibrators , or combinations of these. [1] [2] Mutual masturbation (mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners) can be a substitute for sexual penetration . Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. [3]

Masturbation has been depicted in art since prehistoric times and is mentioned and discussed in very early writings. In the 18th and 19th centuries, some European theologians and physicians described it as "heinous", "deplorable", and "hideous", but during the 20th century, these taboos generally declined. There has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature. Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view. The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries. [4]

In the West , masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual enjoyment. Animal masturbation has been observed in many species, both in the wild and in captivity. [5] [6] [7]

The English word masturbation was introduced in the 18th century, based on the Latin verb masturbari , alongside the more technical and slightly earlier onanism . The Latin verb masturbari is of uncertain origin . Suggested derivations include an unattested word for penis , *mazdo , cognate with Greek mézea μέζεα , "genitals", or alternatively a corruption of an unattested *manusturpare ("to defile with the hand"), by association with turbare "to disturb". [8] [9]

While masturbation is the formal word for this practice, many other expressions are in common use. Terms such as playing with yourself , pleasuring oneself and slang such as wanking , [10] jerking off , [11] and frigging are common. Self-abuse and self-pollution [12] were common in early modern times and are still found in modern dictionaries. A large variety of other euphemisms and dysphemisms exist which describe masturbation. For a list of terms, see the entry for masturbate in Wiktionary .

Masturbation . What is masturbation ? ... If there is mouth to genital contact between your child and another child. If you feel your child is particularly unhappy or sad.

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 ...

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation may involve ...

1-8-2011  · Study Tracks Masturbation Trends Among U.S. Teens Data from nationwide survey finds boys starting earlier, doing more often than girls

masturbation amongst the elderly

Samuel met up with his girlfriend Katie for a midday “afternoon delight.” As he grew stiffer, suddenly so did she.

Disappointed, Samuel realized this was now the third time in a month Katie had taken matters into her own hands (or, in this case, her own vibrator) before coming over. He decided to ask Katie to stop using her sex toy so they could improve their intimacy.

Katie acquiesced. She did get rid of the vibrator. Then she started using her electric toothbrush, instead...

Needless to say, they broke up, a perfect case study demonstrating the utter pointlessness of regulating a partner’s masturbation.

“I don’t regret how I handled it because it showed me there was a problem bigger than the masturbation,” says Samuel. (His and Katie's names have been changed for anonymity.) “It was trying to fix a symptom that you can never really fix.”


Regulating masturbation is an unwise, unwinnable and, in this case, unhealthy battle to stage. Or as researcher Steven D. Pinkerton sums it up quite nicely, “If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then surely masturbation is the world’s oldest avocation .”

To contextualize just how unrealistic it is to curb a relationship's masturbation:

80% of men and 63% of women ages 30-39 masturbated in the past year solo; 45% of men and 43% of women ages 30-39 masturbated with a partner. ( National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 2010 )

Close to 85% of men and 45% of women who cohabitate with a partner reported masturbating in the past year. ( The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994 )

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm . [1] The stimulation may involve hands, fingers , everyday objects, sex toys such as vibrators , or combinations of these. [1] [2] Mutual masturbation (mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners) can be a substitute for sexual penetration . Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. [3]

Masturbation has been depicted in art since prehistoric times and is mentioned and discussed in very early writings. In the 18th and 19th centuries, some European theologians and physicians described it as "heinous", "deplorable", and "hideous", but during the 20th century, these taboos generally declined. There has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature. Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view. The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries. [4]

In the West , masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual enjoyment. Animal masturbation has been observed in many species, both in the wild and in captivity. [5] [6] [7]

The English word masturbation was introduced in the 18th century, based on the Latin verb masturbari , alongside the more technical and slightly earlier onanism . The Latin verb masturbari is of uncertain origin . Suggested derivations include an unattested word for penis , *mazdo , cognate with Greek mézea μέζεα , "genitals", or alternatively a corruption of an unattested *manusturpare ("to defile with the hand"), by association with turbare "to disturb". [8] [9]

While masturbation is the formal word for this practice, many other expressions are in common use. Terms such as playing with yourself , pleasuring oneself and slang such as wanking , [10] jerking off , [11] and frigging are common. Self-abuse and self-pollution [12] were common in early modern times and are still found in modern dictionaries. A large variety of other euphemisms and dysphemisms exist which describe masturbation. For a list of terms, see the entry for masturbate in Wiktionary .

Samuel met up with his girlfriend Katie for a midday “afternoon delight.” As he grew stiffer, suddenly so did she.

Disappointed, Samuel realized this was now the third time in a month Katie had taken matters into her own hands (or, in this case, her own vibrator) before coming over. He decided to ask Katie to stop using her sex toy so they could improve their intimacy.

Katie acquiesced. She did get rid of the vibrator. Then she started using her electric toothbrush, instead...

Needless to say, they broke up, a perfect case study demonstrating the utter pointlessness of regulating a partner’s masturbation.

“I don’t regret how I handled it because it showed me there was a problem bigger than the masturbation,” says Samuel. (His and Katie's names have been changed for anonymity.) “It was trying to fix a symptom that you can never really fix.”


Regulating masturbation is an unwise, unwinnable and, in this case, unhealthy battle to stage. Or as researcher Steven D. Pinkerton sums it up quite nicely, “If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then surely masturbation is the world’s oldest avocation .”

To contextualize just how unrealistic it is to curb a relationship's masturbation:

80% of men and 63% of women ages 30-39 masturbated in the past year solo; 45% of men and 43% of women ages 30-39 masturbated with a partner. ( National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 2010 )

Close to 85% of men and 45% of women who cohabitate with a partner reported masturbating in the past year. ( The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994 )

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm . [1] The stimulation may involve hands, fingers , everyday objects, sex toys such as vibrators , or combinations of these. [1] [2] Mutual masturbation (mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners) can be a substitute for sexual penetration . Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. [3]

Masturbation has been depicted in art since prehistoric times and is mentioned and discussed in very early writings. In the 18th and 19th centuries, some European theologians and physicians described it as "heinous", "deplorable", and "hideous", but during the 20th century, these taboos generally declined. There has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature. Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view. The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries. [4]

In the West , masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual enjoyment. Animal masturbation has been observed in many species, both in the wild and in captivity. [5] [6] [7]

The English word masturbation was introduced in the 18th century, based on the Latin verb masturbari , alongside the more technical and slightly earlier onanism . The Latin verb masturbari is of uncertain origin . Suggested derivations include an unattested word for penis , *mazdo , cognate with Greek mézea μέζεα , "genitals", or alternatively a corruption of an unattested *manusturpare ("to defile with the hand"), by association with turbare "to disturb". [8] [9]

While masturbation is the formal word for this practice, many other expressions are in common use. Terms such as playing with yourself , pleasuring oneself and slang such as wanking , [10] jerking off , [11] and frigging are common. Self-abuse and self-pollution [12] were common in early modern times and are still found in modern dictionaries. A large variety of other euphemisms and dysphemisms exist which describe masturbation. For a list of terms, see the entry for masturbate in Wiktionary .

Masturbation . What is masturbation ? ... If there is mouth to genital contact between your child and another child. If you feel your child is particularly unhappy or sad.

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 ...

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation may involve ...

1-8-2011  · Study Tracks Masturbation Trends Among U.S. Teens Data from nationwide survey finds boys starting earlier, doing more often than girls

Samuel met up with his girlfriend Katie for a midday “afternoon delight.” As he grew stiffer, suddenly so did she.

Disappointed, Samuel realized this was now the third time in a month Katie had taken matters into her own hands (or, in this case, her own vibrator) before coming over. He decided to ask Katie to stop using her sex toy so they could improve their intimacy.

Katie acquiesced. She did get rid of the vibrator. Then she started using her electric toothbrush, instead...

Needless to say, they broke up, a perfect case study demonstrating the utter pointlessness of regulating a partner’s masturbation.

“I don’t regret how I handled it because it showed me there was a problem bigger than the masturbation,” says Samuel. (His and Katie's names have been changed for anonymity.) “It was trying to fix a symptom that you can never really fix.”


Regulating masturbation is an unwise, unwinnable and, in this case, unhealthy battle to stage. Or as researcher Steven D. Pinkerton sums it up quite nicely, “If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then surely masturbation is the world’s oldest avocation .”

To contextualize just how unrealistic it is to curb a relationship's masturbation:

80% of men and 63% of women ages 30-39 masturbated in the past year solo; 45% of men and 43% of women ages 30-39 masturbated with a partner. ( National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 2010 )

Close to 85% of men and 45% of women who cohabitate with a partner reported masturbating in the past year. ( The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994 )

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm . [1] The stimulation may involve hands, fingers , everyday objects, sex toys such as vibrators , or combinations of these. [1] [2] Mutual masturbation (mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners) can be a substitute for sexual penetration . Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. [3]

Masturbation has been depicted in art since prehistoric times and is mentioned and discussed in very early writings. In the 18th and 19th centuries, some European theologians and physicians described it as "heinous", "deplorable", and "hideous", but during the 20th century, these taboos generally declined. There has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature. Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view. The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries. [4]

In the West , masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual enjoyment. Animal masturbation has been observed in many species, both in the wild and in captivity. [5] [6] [7]

The English word masturbation was introduced in the 18th century, based on the Latin verb masturbari , alongside the more technical and slightly earlier onanism . The Latin verb masturbari is of uncertain origin . Suggested derivations include an unattested word for penis , *mazdo , cognate with Greek mézea μέζεα , "genitals", or alternatively a corruption of an unattested *manusturpare ("to defile with the hand"), by association with turbare "to disturb". [8] [9]

While masturbation is the formal word for this practice, many other expressions are in common use. Terms such as playing with yourself , pleasuring oneself and slang such as wanking , [10] jerking off , [11] and frigging are common. Self-abuse and self-pollution [12] were common in early modern times and are still found in modern dictionaries. A large variety of other euphemisms and dysphemisms exist which describe masturbation. For a list of terms, see the entry for masturbate in Wiktionary .

Masturbation . What is masturbation ? ... If there is mouth to genital contact between your child and another child. If you feel your child is particularly unhappy or sad.

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 ...

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation may involve ...

1-8-2011  · Study Tracks Masturbation Trends Among U.S. Teens Data from nationwide survey finds boys starting earlier, doing more often than girls

What about all those things I’ve heard about the dangers of masturbation…is there any truth to them?
Throughout history, there have been many myths regarding masturbation.  All of these myths are false.  There is no medical basis for any of them.  Below are the TRUTHS about masturbation:

Written and compiled by Michelle Viglianco-VanPelt, M.D. and Kyla Boyse, R.N.  Reviewed by Jennifer Gold Christner, M.D.

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  • What do you think? Take our online survey!

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