10 Facts You Should Know About Masturbation

These ten facts help separate fact from fiction when it comes to masturbation

Masturbation is probably a topic that is a little awkward for your average discussion with your parents or even your friends, but you probably have some real questions about it — and many of those questions may come from the raft of bad information, "old wives' tales" and stories aimed to scare you or make you feel ashamed about doing it.

It is important to get your questions about masturbation answered with the facts.

That way, the myths and scare-tactics can be dismissed.

Whatever your age, curiosity about your body and how it works, especially when it comes to sexuality and sex itself, is a totally normal thing. It's also normal to feel a little uncertain about the topic—sex and masturbation are viewed in a great many ways, both positively and negatively—and that curiosity starts in a time of life when there's a lot of change happening to you.

Here are ten important facts about masturbation. They will help put to rest fears you may have about it. They will help you begin to understand it — what it is, and what it isn't — so you aren't stressing yourself out about it or being led to believe things about it that simply are not true.

10 Important Facts to Know About Masturbation

  1. Masturbation is a normal and healthy part of sexual development, and both guys and girls do it.
  2. Masturbation is not harmful, dirty or evil. It will not make you go blind, drive you insane, turn you into a pervert, stunt your growth, cause hair to grow on your palms, give you an STD, make you sterile or get you pregnant.
  1. Masturbation is a very personal thing and should not be done in public places or around people who are not willing partners (with willing partners it can be a form of safer sex).
  2. You are normal if you masturbate. You're also normal is you wonder about masturbation but don't do it. And, you're normal if you have never given it a second thought and you don't do it. Masturbation is one of the few things in life that is "normal if you do, and normal if you don't."
  1. Masturbation may make sexual intercourse more enjoyable because you will learn what physically pleases you during sex.
  2. Masturbation alleviates stress and releases endorphins, which are the body's pleasure hormones, into your system. These hormones relax you.
  3. In children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, a kind of masturbation that is an exploration of the body is common. In teens, masturbation becomes more sophisticated and sexually motivated.
  4. Surveys have shown that 80% of males and 59% of females have masturbated by age 18.
  5. Many experts believe that masturbation is more prevalent in the teen years due to a strong fluctuation of hormones; masturbation alleviates the strain of this build up and is a necessary part of development.
  6. The only real problems that come with masturbation are psychological resulting from unhealthy negative views and attitudes toward it, such as being ashamed if you do it, or engaging in abnormal practices like public masturbation.