Despite all the rumors and myths perpetuated among hormonal teenage boys – it will make your palms hairy, or it will make you go blind – masturbation remains one of the most popular extra-curricular activities for the average male. From the first you hunched over a copy of Penthouse magazine and pretended you couldn’t hear your mother calling you for dinner, few other activities can be as easy and satisfying as a few minutes of self-pleasure.
But despite the obvious enjoyment one can get from a little solo time, there remains a social stigma about masturbation. High school sex education classes barely touch on the subject, and few people will discuss their masturbation habits publicly, despite the fact that more and more television shows and movies have overtly sexual themes. In fact, for many people, masturbation is shameful, something to do in secret and deny to others.
Although you might not know it, May is masturbation month, and what better time to abandon the idea that self pleasure is something to be embarrassed about? Masturbation is more than a good time – it’s also healthy for your body. Read on for the top reasons to masturbate (if you really need a reason).
Reasons to Masturbate:
While this might seem too good to be true, a group of scientists in Australia found that regularly jerking off might actually work to prevent prostate cancer. The group studied the sexual habits of over 1,000 men, and found that the more men ejaculate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer. The team believes that ejaculating prevents carcinogens from building up in the prostate gland. Of course, the scientific specifics aren’t really necessary. All you need to remember is that the cancer prevention appears to be on a sliding scale. Just masturbating isn’t enough; you have to do it often to have an effect. So the next time your girlfriend walks in your “alone time” during your morning shower, just tell her you’ll be right out – you just need to finish preventing a build-up of dangerous carcinogens.
The average person can burn anywhere from 50 to 100 calories while having sex. This number can vary depending on your height, weight, and how strenuous the activity is. Fortunately, the same rules apply for solo sex. You won’t burn as many calories as you would with a partner, but the more active you are, the higher the number of calories burned will be. So don’t be afraid to get rowdy the next time you’re watching Internet porn. At the very least, think twice before reaching for a calorie-laden chocolate chip cookie – an orgasm is usually a lot more enjoyable, and you can spend ten less minutes on the treadmill.
As society becomes more and more fast-paced and down-time is frequently relegated to a few hours on Sunday afternoon, relaxation has become increasingly important. But few people take the time to truly unwind, and as a result, we’re having more stress-related health problems. Here’s where masturbation comes in. It’s relatively quick, easy, and a guaranteed way to unwind and relax your muscles. To make your masturbation even more effective, set aside an hour post-pleasure to enjoy the glow. Lie on your bed and read a book, or listen to some music. It’s not a weekend in Bermuda, but it’s definately better than an ulcer!
Casual sex is fun in theory, but there a host of things that come along with it that are much less enjoyable – STDs, for starters. Condom use helps, but it’s not 100% effective in preventing the spread of (for example), crabs, herpes, or even AIDS. To top it off, there’s the issue of pregnancy, something that can’t always be prevented by a condom alone. Masturbation lets you avoid the stress of the bar scene, and there’s absolutely no risk of disease. (You also avoid the awkward “Who are you?” the next morning).
It turns on your girlfriend
If masturbating is something you typically do when your girlfriend’s out of the room, you’re missing out on a potentially great way to get her interested in sex. Watching a partner masturbate can be a huge turn-on for many women, especially if she knows you’re fantasizing about her. If you’re lucky, she’ll eventually want to get in on the action, and what started off as sex for one will turn into a pairs event. To spice things up, try asking her if she’d like to strip for you while you masturbate. You get the pleasure of your own peep show, and she gets the thrill of having control.
While we’re on the subject, why not try out mutual masturbation? There are a few reasons why you might not want penetration during sex: she might have stomach cramps, for example, or you both might be already exhausted from a busy few hours the night before. Mutual masturbation has a number of benefits, the least of which is learning how to better please your lover. There are few better ways to observe what particular touch turns her on the most, so masturbating each other can be more than enjoyable – it can also be educational.
Deal with pain
Why take muscle relaxants or pain medication when your body has its own natural alternative for coping with pain? One of the main benefits of masturbation (specifically, reaching orgasm) is that in addition to relaxing your tense muscles, it also releases endorphin into the body, chemicals that naturally relieve pain. So as long as your affliction isn’t two broken wrists, try nature’s remedy before popping a pill.
It’s all about you
By far the biggest benefit of masturbation is that you’re in charge, period. You can be as selfish as you want, since you’re the only party who needs pleasing. The intensity of the orgasm and whether you stop at one or try for a few more is entirely up to you. Of course, this isn’t meant to knock the virtues of good old fashioned sex – but sometimes a little time alone is just what the doctor ordered.