Masturbation

When puberty hits humans, then they show more tendencies to sexual relationships and sex hormones. Boys and girls both have different perceptions and ways to see sexual things like masturbation or sex.

Puberty also brings sexual thoughts to mind, making them make vivid sexual dreams, leading to nightfall.

Boys have a better sense of vision than girls. On the other hand, girls have a better sense of auditory. This is the reason boys show more interest in visual stimuli and patterns while girls show more interest in auditory stimuli and patterns.

What is Masturbation?

Masturbation or safe sex is a widespread activity that is or has been a part of almost all humans and is considered a healthy practice. It helps in improving sexual health, promotes relational intimacy, and reduces unwanted pregnancy.

It is atypical sexual behavior that is more common than any other and is socially accepted. Masturbation is sexually stimulating your genitals up to the level of reaching an orgasm.

As per few studies, the youngest one can masturbate between 8-10yrs. Of age and will be able to do till ripe old age.

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Difference between male and female orgasm

An orgasm is the pleasant feeling which comes when one reaches the peak of sexual excitement accompanied by an act of ejaculation or, in other words, the ejaculation of erotic tension. All the genders get to orgasm, but there are many differences between them, listed below.

  • In males, penis stimulation is the only way to reach orgasm. On the other hand, it can be reached by vaginal, anal, and clitoris stimulation in females.
  • In females combo of clitoral and vaginal stimulation is the easiest way to reach orgasm.
  • Female orgasm lasts longer (13-51 secs) while male orgasm lasts (10-30secs) on average.
  • Male orgasm has a biological reason as humanity depends on that. On the other hand, researchers have not found any biological reason for female orgasm.

Benefits of Masturbation

There can be numerous reasons why someone feels like masturbating. There can be the personal tendency of a person and social influences as people get attracted and tend to try something different and unique.

Being healthy activity masturbation has many benefits. Some of them are as follows:-

  • It helps in boosting mood.
  • Improves sleep quality
  • It gives you a better understanding of your sexual preferences.
  • It feels good.
  • It helps them to relax.
  • It helps in releasing sexual tension.
  • To understand their body/ themselves better.
  • Some people only masturbate when their partner is not around.
  • It is better to masturbate rather than indulging yourself with the wrong person in physical relation.

Symptoms and signs of masturbation

Masturbation disorder is not formally diagnosed. Therefore, it is essential to keep a close look at the symptoms and signs of it. When you see such changes in your life, you have either become addicted to it or exceed the average level (standard/intermediate level depends on one’s body, stamina, and strength) of masturbation.

  • Tiredness or soreness
  • Paleness
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety
  • Trembling of body parts
  • Anger
  • Your personal and work-life being affected because of it
  • You masturbate even when you don’t feel aroused sexually.
  • You struggle to distract your mind from masturbation.
  • You feel guilty and distressed after masturbation.
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Lack of impulse control

The symptoms and effects may differ in number and intensity depending upon the severity of the addiction.

Negative effects of masturbation

Excess of everything is bad. Even excess of something good will not benefit you. Henceforth, keeping this in mind, let’s move toward and see the negative effects of masturbation.

Once they are produced, they should be expelled from the body as there is no organ to store them.

Effects on the body (Physical damage)

  1. Tiredness- After masturbating, we feel tired because our body releases pleasure-giving hormones (oxytocin, norepinephrine, vasopressin, and serotonin). The moment the quantity of these hormones increases, it makes us happy and relaxed. The moment we feel happy and relaxed, then feel tired, which people misunderstand as weakness. This is one of the advantages as well of it.
  2. Poor vision- Many people consider this as a myth as well, but it affects your eyesight. Getting a thumbs up from the doctor or getting a 6/6 in eyesight test doesn’t mean that it is actually perfect. As per Happy theory, masturbation causes blindness by shrinking the field of the eyes.
  3. Damages to sexual organs- Masturbating might lead to:-
    1. Sex hormones and genital disorders like impotence
    2. Incomplete sexual satisfaction.
    3. Possibility of infertility.
    4. Premature ejaculation

Masturbation effect on the brain

There are tons of benefits of masturbation, but every individual does not experience and feel the same thing, or till the time you make it an obsession.

  1. Anger and aggression- People who are addicted to ejaculation or masturbation tend to become angry or aggressive more easily and often.
  2. Forgetfulness- As you area ware that physical weakness affects mental health, and now we are aware that masturbation affects physical health. Henceforth, it leads to many mental disorders. Moreover, a person who masturbates quite often can not focus or concentrate anywhere as masturbation damages mental health.
  3. Masturbation can be difficult for people with a history of abuse or sexual dysfunction.

Read more about masturbation.

Well, the information in the world is still not complete or enough to say that these are certainly the effects on the brain. There are many types of research going on to find the same.

Masturbation helps in weight loss

Weight loss generally refers to the reduction of the body mass by a mean loss of fluid, fat, or lean mass. When we intake less and burn more calories, then the calorie deficit results in weight loss. Weight loss might happen in 2 cases; those are as follows:-

  • Voluntarily by doing the workout, controlling in diet, or any changing in diet which decreases the number of intake calories and medicines that are available which help in retention.
  • Involuntarily is usually because of sickness or illness.

Excess of everything is bad, even when it comes to weight loss. Excessive weight loss may give you your desired body shape, but it may bring undermentioned unwelcomed problems like:-

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle loss
  • Constipation

Now, as we understand that what weight loss is, what could be the possible reasons that it might happen and the side effects of excessive weight loss. Henceforth, now we will try to connect the dots and see if masturbation can help in weight loss or not.

If we talk about weight loss on purpose, that happens when we burn calories, we burn calories when we do a certain set of tasks that involve our body strength and energy. So, again the question arises.

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Can masturbation help in weight loss?

Few types of research in the past have revealed that one solo session can burn 5-6 calories minimum. Whenever you indulge in solo play, your heart rate goes up. Therefore, the longer the session will be more calories you are likely to burn, and it also depends upon that how long, fast, hard you are going if you climax.

So, masturbation can actually help you in reducing in weight but probably not in the way you were expecting because ultimately you will be lying on your bed and would be getting indulge in solo play, there is no as such physical activity which would burn enough calories that the results will be noticeable.

If you were planning to skip the physical exercise and stay in bed, then I am afraid that this is not going to work. Calories burned during masturbation are negligible as compared to a workout session.

Getting into a session with a partner might burn your calories exponentially as compared to solo play. A vigorous partner play of 30mins can burn up to 63 calories.

Ways to limit masturbation

Here are some possible ways which might help you keeping away from masturbation.

Sex education

In many countries, a student is being taught about subjects like science, maths, and accounts, but they are never taught about sex education being taboo. Being aware of ourselves and sex education is really important.

It saves individual’s from challenges and difficulties which they might face in the future as it makes us aware of the approach and behavior about gender, sexual identity, sexual awareness, appropriate behavior, and confidence in our relationship with the opposite sex so that we are aware if we are being abused.

Effects of sex education

  • Healthy behavior
  • Sound sexual behavior
  • It helps in keeping mental health stable and prevents sex disorders
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Appropriate sex identity

Workout

Exercise has a lot of advantages like:-

  • It helps in keeping your body in shape 
  • Help keep the oxygen level high in the body
  • Increases life expectancy
  • Reduces sexual desires
  • Prevents from immoral behavior

Sleep

Teenagers are recommended to sleep early at night and wake up early in the morning as it helps in the prevention of abnormal sexual behavior. The best sleep is sound sleep which occurs at an early night.

Teenagers are also recommended to sleep on flat surfaces on their back and should avoid soft beds, feathers, and soft blankets. Avoiding these things might help in low sexual excitement.

Hobbies

Give your leisure time/ free time to your hobbies, if you don’t have one then make one and develop it like cycling, swimming, calligraphy, hiking and etc. Keeping yourself busy and occupied is a great way to stay away from masturbation. You will be concentrating on yourself, embracing and making yourself better every day, which will eventually make you more productive.

Taking Cold Shower

As per ancient Iranians, taking a cold shower is one of their religious tasks as it has many advantages, like keeping us cool and calm. Washing your sex organs with cold water helps in the prevention and decreases sexual desire.

Spirituality

Not everyone’s cup of tea it requires a lot of patience, concentration, and focus, but if you are able to get into it, then nothing can be better than that. As per many religions, masturbation or any such activity is not appreciated, which might give you a sense of guilt if you would do so, resulting in avoiding it.

Spirituality may also help in:-

  • Finding the meaning and purpose in our lives
  • Finding the need to love and need to be loved
  • It gives you a sense of belonging

Conclusion

Masturbation is a healthy activity till the time it is in control. Moreover, it does not help in weight loss as the calories burnt are very minimal.

Get in touch with your doctor if you find something unusual or unpleasant.