7 Things you didn't know about masturbation
Happy National Masturbation Month! Yup, that's right--May is not only the month we get to usher in the spring season, it's also the time to celebrate the act of self-love! So in honor of this pleasurable holiday, check out seven things you didn't know about masturbation:
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- Everyone masturbates. For some reason, masturbation has always kind of been a taboo topic—which is odd, because according to a 2010 study, 94 percent of men and 85 percent of women do it!
- Too much can't hurt you. There's this myth that self-pleasuring too often can cause stunted growth, insanity and blindness. Don't worry—the American Psychiatric Association has confirmed that this is false and there's no such thing as too much masturbation. That's straight from the source, folks!
- Your masturbation habits have nothing to do with your relationship. Just because you're in a relationship doesn't mean you can't masturbate or vice versa. In fact, research has found that people with active sex lives actually tend to masturbate more.
- It has no effect on your sex life. Some people think that masturbation ruins how other kinds of sex feel, but it shouldn't. If anything, it should help other kinds of sex feel better since you learn what works for you.
- Humans aren't the only ones who do it! Deers, monkey, squirrels, and walruses have all been known to pleasure themselves too.
- The practice could once have cost you your life! In 17th century Connecticut, masturbators were eligible for the death penalty. Yeesh…good thing that's over.
- It cures everything. Well…sort of. It has proven health benefits including stress management, menstrual cramp relief, and a lower risk of type-diabetes, prostate cancer, and cervical infections. It can also help strengthen your immune system and create healthier pelvic muscles. Basically, there are no health risks to masturbation. Plus, research has found that masturbators reportedly have happier marriages and lives!
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