You may have heard many myths around the subject of masturbation during your childhood, many of which may have, at the time, led you to question whether masturbation is harmful. While the origin of many of these myths is unclear, what is certain is that they are almost always unfounded, having no grounding in reality.

From the very silly myths concerning masturbation and the spontaneous growth of hair on the palms, to the more believable claims regarding masturbation and erectile dysfunction, there are plenty of false truths out there when it comes to pleasuring yourself.

According to our Global Sex Survey, six out of ten of men and women currently masturbate/self-pleasure, and around a third do so at least weekly. With so many of us getting ourselves off, there has never been a better to time to shatter the top 5 masturbation myths.

Can masturbation cause blindness?

Does masturbation cause blindness? Although the origin of this myth is unclear, it has likely been used throughout the ages a way to dissuade young men in particular from masturbating. But is there any truth in it?

This one’s easy, there is no evidence to suggest masturbation is linked to blindness. According to the NHS, there are several unusual claims out there regarding masturbation, including those linking the act to not only sight loss, but even as a cause of insanity.

The NHS go on to swiftly set the record straight. No, masturbating can’t lead to sight loss or blindness, no matter how many times you indulge in self-pleasuring.

Masturbation and hairy palms

Another rather comical masturbation myth you may have heard is that masturbation can cause hairy palms. It goes without saying, this myth has no basis in reality. Masturbation can in no way lead to the growth of new hair or speed up the growth of any hair you may currently have.

So next time you settle down to give yourself a treat, you can be more that certain that things aren’t suddenly going to get hairy halfway through.

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Will I get erectile dysfunction from masturbation?

Let’s keep this one simple and to the point as there is a lot of uncertainty out there when it comes to masturbation and erectile dysfunction. Can masturbation cause erectile dysfunction? The answer is a resounding no, provided you are engaging in normal and natural masturbation and not using any techniques that may injure your genital tissue.

According to the International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM), the idea that normal, healthy manual stimulation causes erectile dysfunction is certainly a myth. In fact, masturbation can actually have a lot of benefits for both men and women.

The ISSM do go on to say however, that the more unusual forms of masturbation can cause issues with sexual function. For example, if you are roughly pressing, folding or bending your penis, this could lead to problems down the line.

Does masturbation result in a lower sperm count?

Another one of the top male masturbation myths you may have heard is around sperm count. You may have even been told this yourself at some point or another that, by masturbating, you are reducing your sperm count to the point where, if you do it often enough, you may not have any left.

Again, this is of course not true. Men do not have a finite amount of sperm that can be used up by masturbating too frequently.

According to the NHS, masturbating has no effect on a person’s sperm count as men produce sperm continuously. Granted, if you have just ejaculated, you may find you need a rest period before you can come again. This rest period allows the testicles time to replenish their store so to speak.

Does masturbation affect penis size?

One common myth surrounding male masturbation is the effect it has on penis size. Asking yourself “does masturbation increase penis size?”, or maybe you’re worried that engaging in frequent ‘me time’ might actually decrease your penis length or girth?

If you are one of the hopeful people out there wondering if masturbation can increase penis size, unfortunately the answer is fairly straight forward - no. There is no evidence to suggest that masturbation can boost your penile length.

Similarly, there is no evidence to suggest masturbating can reduce penis size. If you are masturbating in a natural and comfortable way, rest assured that you won’t experience any negative effects.

If you are worried about anything concerning masturbation or sexual health in general, then please seek advice or help from a trained healthcare professional.

 

Want to learn more about the masturbation myths and facts? Why not head over to our blog article on the benefits and side effects of masturbation. Want to read more about other sex topics? Head over to our Explore Sex blog now.

 

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