Misconceptions on Masturbation
An act of stimulating the genitals or sexual arousal to the point of orgasm followed by ejaculation without sexual intercourse is called masturbation. Organically there is no difference between masturbation and sexual intercourse. The stimulation involves gentle rubbing of genitals using the hands or other objects.
Masturbation can be viewed as:
- A means of releasing sexual tension.
- Serving part of adolescent struggle to achieve a sense of identity and sexual self-image.
- Becoming acquainted with his /her sex organs and the sensations they are able to produce.
- A means to release tension caused by frustration, loneliness, poor self image, inadequate boy girl relationship, conflicts with parents, school pressure etc.
Myths and Misconceptions
- Masturbation causes physical and mental harmful effects.
- Masturbation affects sexual relationship in future.
- Masturbation makes a person insane.
- Masturbation causes growth of hair on the palms, pimples or blindness.
- Masturbation makes one pale and use up all the sperms in the body.
- Masturbation makes the person weak and makes it impossible for a man to father children.
- Masturbation causes one to lose the desire for opposite sex..
- Masturbation makes one proud and self-centred.
Masturbation becomes a problem when:
- It is excessive – the person cannot function or get through daily tasks without masturbating.
- It is done in public places where other people may see.
The truth about Masturbation:
- Masturbation does not make your eyesight go bad or cause you to go blind.
- Masturbation does not cause acne.
- Masturbation will not cause your penis to shrink.
- Masturbation will not make you go insane.
- Masturbation will not make you sterile.
- Masturbation will not turn you into a pervert.
- Masturbation is not a steppingstone to the homosexual lifestyle.
- Masturbation will not hinder your social and emotional development.
- Masturbation is not infidelity.