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The Health Benefits of Masturbation for Men

While the moral, social, psychological, and spiritual ramifications of autoerotic sexual stimulation (commonly known as masturbation) rage on, we know beyond any doubt that self-pleasuring is one of humankindÂ’s earliest recorded acts, with cave illustrations tracing its practice back millennia--followed by thousands of years of written accounts and artistic representations.

While the moral, social, psychological, and spiritual ramifications of autoerotic sexual stimulation (commonly known as masturbation) rage on, we know beyond any doubt that self-pleasuring is one of humankind’s earliest recorded acts, with cave illustrations tracing its practice back millennia--followed by thousands of years of written accounts and artistic representations.

According to Martha Cornog, author of The Big Book of Masturbation, self-pleasuring is surely the second most common human sex act

And while it sometimes seems the constraints of social stigma surrounding masturbation appear to be loosening, even in current times there are many who think it a subject never to be openly discussed; an act never to be admitted to.  

Even so, numerous cross-cultural scientific studies reaching all the way back to the famous Kinsey surveys of the 1940s show that 95 percent of all men say they have masturbated.  (And if it’s any consolation, so do dogs, cats, horses, bulls, rats, hamsters, deer, whales and numerous other animals.  It is apparently a physical function we are designed to perform, serving a number of beneficial physiological purposes.)

"We [of the animal species] are programmed, as best we know, to need orgasms," says clinical sexologist Dr. Gloria Brame, Ph.D., from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in Athens, Ga.  And for the male of the species, "It's a fundamental aspect of men's health, right up there with brushing your teeth. It relieves stress and keeps everything about your body—your heart rate, blood pressure, reproductive system, brain chemistry—in very good shape.  Men are doing themselves a favor with regular ejaculation," Brame says, "it cleans out the plumbing."

Supporting Brame’s perspective are numerous wide-sweaping studies including those conducted by an Australian team of researchers led by Graham Giles of the Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, who reported that frequent masturbation may serve an especially important health purpose, that of lowering a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. They say cancer-causing chemicals could build up in the prostate if men do not ejaculate regularly.

A survey of men found that the more frequently a man masturbates between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely he is to develop prostate cancer.  In fact, those who masturbated more than five times a week were one-third less likely to develop this deadly disease.

According to research data summarized in a 2007 article in the Official Journal of the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy, masturbation may benefit men’s health in a wide variety of ways:

>  Improving the immune system’s functioning

>  Building resistance to prostate gland infection, making for a healthier prostate

>  Providing a highly effective form of stress relief

>  Improving mood by releasing endorphins

>  Stimulating a natural sleep sedative

>  Building stronger pelvic muscles, which can lead to better sex

>  Stimulating a natural energetic pick-me-up

>  Providing empowerment; especially by helping men feel better about their bodies, genitals, and sexual ability (especially important in midlife)

>  Delivering rewarding and intense ejaculations

>  Potentially enhancing sex life in general by boosting sexual confidence which may result in becoming a better lover

>  Getting you or your partner off the hook if neither is available or not in the mood for conventional sex

>  Helping combat premature ejaculation; if a man can train himself to last longer solo, it could translate to lasting longer with   a partner

>  Not putting oneself at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease

Additionally, according to Blame, for those couples who share the autoerotic experience, "Masturbating together and doing each other will see you through thick and thin. It'll see you into old age. It's something you can always do together." Also, if you don't have time for a long, intimate night, masturbating each other is a great, intimate quickie. And the more you do it, the better you become at learning which buttons to push to make each other climax faster.”

Last but not least, many therapists suggest that masturbation can, in many cases, strengthen your sexual relationship with a partner.

In that many couples have different sexual drives and needs, masturbation is one way to meet personal needs not met by a partner.

Also, witnessing a partner masturbate can not only teach us what methods our partners use so we can learn what they enjoy, it can also open the lines of communication between partners who otherwise might be assuming that the “routine” is still working.

References:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,401722,00.html

http://www.menshealth.com/health/health-and-sexual-benefits-masturbation/page/2

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3072021.stm

http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14681994.asp

The Big Book of Masturbation, Martha Cornog

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Comments (5)

Hmm, people must be too embarassed to leave comments, but like your article on sex toys this was a very well-researched and informative piece.

Thanks, Michael. I believe you are quite right. I can only hope that people do otherwise realize that an article on this topic directly relates to a far greater audience than most any other topic I write on--and quite important considering the incidence of prostate cancer. And yes, this was thoroughly researched.

LOL, when I said it was well researched I meant from published sources, not necessarily first-hand experience. I make no assumptions!

Understood my friend--understood!

Interesting read. I wonder if masturbation has the same benefits for women (except for the prostate cancer part...maybe it can help offset cervical or ovarian cancers)?

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