In spite of being the land where the first book about sex ‘Kamasutra,’ was written, Indian society has always been skeptical about the topic of sex. Many taboos are still prevalent in the twenty-first century. Some of these taboos revolve around masturbation.
Just like other sexual activities, masturbation is also a forbidden topic. For this reason, many myths about masturbation go around which people start believing since they have no source from which they can confirm its validity. Following are some myths about masturbation that have been busted.
Myth: People who are in a relationship do not masturbate.
Fact: This one is probably the most prevalent myths about masturbation. People are made to believe that masturbation is not needed when a person regularly indulges in sexual intercourse. But, this is far from the truth. Masturbation has nothing to do with sex. It is entirely reasonable to feel the need to masturbate even after being a relationship. Masturbation will help you understand what exactly excites and pleasure you. This, in turn, will lead to better performance in bed. Masturbation also helps in case the sexual desires of the two people in a relationship differ on a great level.
Myth: You should not masturbate ‘too much.’
Fact: Most people believe that people should only masturbate a certain number of times. This is not the case. Until and unless masturbation becomes an obsession and hinders with your daily activities, one can masturbate as many time as they want. Doctors suggest that if masturbation starts affecting your physical or emotional health, you should start to consider cutting back on it. But, very few people reach this point.
Myth: Women do not masturbate.
Fact: Studies reveal that women masturbate almost as much as men. The difference is that women are not as vocal about it as men are. Indian society has great stigmas attached to women exploring their sexuality. Due to these stigmas, even though most women do indulge in masturbation regularly, they choose to lie when confronted with this topic.
Myth: Masturbation is not related to any health benefits.
Fact: Masturbation has both emotional and physical health benefits. It helps in achieving better sleep, a youthful appearance, better self-esteem, reduced stress levels and much more. In case of women, it helps them to eliminate premenstrual tension, pain during sexual intercourse and vaginal dryness. In men, it helps to control premature ejaculation.
Myth: Masturbating at an early age can lead to deviant sexual behaviour.
Fact: It is perfectly fine for teens to masturbate. Studies reveal that teens who masturbate have positive sexual experience later in their life. They learn about sex without coming in contact with STD’s and the risk of pregnancy.
Thus, masturbation is quite normal irrespective of gender and age. And with these myths busted, you can indulge in it in an informed manner without any doubts in your mind.