The pursuit of pleasure is one of the main goals of human beings. Men and women don’t just live on thinking and hard work. Pleasure, in its many facets, is associated with happiness and is (or at least should be) something we should all strive for.
There are many ways to experience pleasure, including sex, with other people or with yourself. We will talk about this last possibility today, immersing ourselves in masturbation and its multiple positive effects on our physical, psychological and physiological health.
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Masturbation: pleasuring yourself has its advantages
Masturbation is a sexual behavior which can be defined as any form of sexual self-pleasure obtained by any type of direct physical stimulation. This sexual behavior has been widely practiced since 95% of men and 63% of women have ever masturbated.
Masturbation as a common practice typically begins in adolescence, with boys starting earlier than girls as a trend, with an average age of onset of 14 and 16, respectively. A curious fact is that women tend to masturbate more often when in a stable relationship, while men tend to masturbate more when they lose a relationship and become single again.
This sexual behavior is not specifically human, because it is also seen in other animals, Especially in mammals.
Historical view of masturbation: religion and taboo
Masturbation has been condemned throughout history, Giving it a negative connotation and causing or attributing various physical and mental problems to people who have practiced it.
So, for example, the Christian religion has historically persecuted it, viewing it as an even worse sin than incest or rape in the past. Culturally, masturbation was believed to be the cause of health problems such as vision loss or infertility, which science categorically denies. However, at a time when information and access to scientific sources was a utopia, people firmly believed that masturbation would involve serious problems for them, and therefore suppressed their instinct to practice it.
But it is not only religion that has transmitted negativity and generated a cultural taboo towards this sexual behavior: several scientists and health professionals have written extensively on the negative effects of masturbation on the health of women. people who practice it. For example, Tissot, In 1758, he considered masturbation to be the cause of cerebral softening.
It has also been speculated that this practice is one of the causes of homosexuality, and Kraepelin he explained that masturbation is a symptom of various mental illnesses. Sigmund Freud also wrote about this sexual behavior, and had the theory that masturbation was normal in childhood, but a symptom of immaturity in adulthood, especially in the case of female masturbation.
Physical and psychological benefits of masturbation
Clinical research has been able to show that masturbation is beneficial both physically and psychologically., And in fact, it is widely used as a technique of sex and couple therapy
Here are some of the benefits of this practice.
- It causes an analgesic effect and can help with menstrual cramps as it causes inflammation of the genital area.
- It allows you to maintain a healthy condition of the genitals: It helps maintain good lubrication in the case of women, and a good reflection of erection and ejaculation in the case of men.
- Some studies indicate that masturbation helps strengthen the immune system and prevents infections, due to the higher levels of immunoglobin A that can be seen in people who have more orgasms.
- It helps improve sleep, especially in men, due to the release of serotonin and opioids.
- It has a relaxing effect and a feeling of well-being, Help to release sexual, physiological and psychological tensions.
- It helps to explore and learn more about one’s sexuality, Promote positive attitudes towards sex and genitals, and in turn be able to improve sexual functioning in the couple.
- Cabell, F (2010). Manual of sexology and sex therapy. Madrid: editorial summary.