We’ve all been drawn to the “strange and weird” sections
Sometimes a person’s just gotta make do with their own devices. Masturbation seems like a simple concept, but there’s a lot to know about this self-loving act. Let’s get down with some facts.
1. National Masturbation Day: This annual holiday, also celebrated on an international basis, takes place on either May 7 (in the United States) or May 28 (in some other countries). The holiday was first commemorated in 1995 after President Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders for recommending that masturbation be included in sex education programs.
2. Masturbation won’t make you go blind: This cruel urban legend crops up from time to time. The truth is that masturbation doesn’t cause blindness. Nor does it cause impotence, mental illness, or hair growth on the palms of one’s hands.
3. Married people masturbate too: Did you think getting hitched guarantees a lifetime of amazing and frequent sex? Silly rabbit. Around 70% of married people admit to masturbating. That doesn’t include the ones who are too ashamed to admit it.
4. It’s possible to go too rough on oneself: Forceful male masturbation can lead to a “fractured” penis. This happens when the penis is bent while it’s engorged, which ruptures the corpus cavernosum lining. Usually, surgical intervention is required to restore normal function.
5. Masturbation isn’t simply a guy thing: In one study, all of the female subjects reported masturbating at least once per week. Admittedly, all of these women also agreed to speak freely about their sex lives, so the results may be skewed.
6. Masturbation is good for your mental well being: According to Gloria Brame, Ph.D., “Masturbation is part of a healthy sex life. It’s totally safe and harmless. It’s healthier than brushing your teeth every day.” Not that you needed any convincing to indulge yourself.
7. Masturbation can ease womanly pains: Planned Parenthood encourages masturbation, which not only helps one avoid unplanned pregnancy but also can “relieve menstrual cramps and muscle tension.”
8: Masturbation increases as one reaches adulthood: The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior reports that 80% of males and 58% of females masturbate by the age of 17. Upon reaching adulthood, 92% of men and 62% of women do it solo.
9. Masturbation can help prevent certain types of cancer: The act of masturbation is good for your immune system. Frequent male masturbators (more than five times per week) also experience lower rates of prostate cancer. The act flushes out disease-causing toxins in the urogenital tract. Win-win.
10. Masturbation can be deadly in extreme instances: Autoerotic asphyxiation causes between 500 to 1,000 deaths every year. So be careful out there.