Masturbation is the act of sexually stimulating your genitals to the point of orgasm. It’s a common occurrence in both men and women, and it’s a natural aspect of growing up for children of both genders. Between the ages of two and six, most children play with their genitals. The sight of children fondling their own genitals can be upsetting to an adult since he or she glances at them.
Looking at the act through the eyes of an adult. This act, however, is a very normal part of every child’s growing up, as it is a process of self-exploring their own bodies and discovering how each part of their body responds to touch, and how some parts are more pleasurable than others. Rubbing his or her genitals feels innocently pleasurable to a child and is neither “wrong” nor “bad.” Adults frequently introduce these “adult filters” to children, and the child often ends up feeling confused and worried as a result.
These elderly retaliate to the child in the same way that they saw their own parents or matured react to them when they were children discovering their own bodies. The act itself is neither “good” nor “bad,” though religious beliefs may lead people to label it as such in some cases. The critical factor in such a scenario would be how an adult approaches a child and makes the child feel comfortable with his/her own body, as well as gently explaining the propriety side of it, should the child engage in the act in front of others, without shaming the child.
Sexual development is an essential part of a child’s normal growth and development, just as physical development, emotional development, learning, and developing language and communication skills are.
Having said that, it is also important to note that, while there is nothing wrong with masturbation, it is also acceptable not to masturbate. Some people are born with lower levels of sexual desire, while others may choose to abstain from masturbation for religious or personal reasons. You are free to choose whichever option you believe is best for you.
Effects of Masturbation
- Excessive masturbation may hurt you: Excessive masturbation may cause injury. Though the injury can be mild, such as skin chaffing of the vagina and penis, it can also cause Peyronie’s disease, which is a buildup of plaque in the shaft of the penis as a result of excessive stroking. So, if you’re injuring yourself, you should cut back on how often you do it.
- Masturbation may have an effect on your sex life: Masturbation, without a doubt, aids in sexual activity. However, if you overdo it, it may have an effect on your sexual life. This is due to the fact that rubbing or stroking your vagina or penis teaches your brain a solo act. And after a while, your brain and body only respond in your solo response. This could have an effect on your sexual relationship with your partner.
- When you use unclean sex toys: If you use sex toys for masturbation, you must keep them sanitised and clean, as unclean toys can cause bacteria and infections. Also, avoid using them with multiple partners. This may increase the risk of sexual infections and will cause more harm than good.
- You may be addicted: This is true not only of masturbation but of any type of addiction that can lead to loss of control. Manage to overcome this addiction, as it may have a negative impact on your health in the long run. Again, if this is the case with you, you must seek medical attention. Masturbation addiction will cause you to overdo it and may result in sexually transmitted diseases.
- Excessive amounts of anything can be harmful: Excessive masturbation can harm the nerves that allow for ejaculation. This can result in premature ejaculation or even ejaculation while sleeping. Excessive masturbation can also lead to: fatigue, weakness, early ejaculation, may also inhibit sexual activities with your partner, injury to the penis, vision changes, lower back pain, testicular pain, hair loss.
Masturbation addiction can have a negative impact on your relationships and other aspects of your life. Masturbating excessively may cause interruptions in your work or studies, lowering productivity. It may also harm your romantic relationships and friendships if you don’t spend as much time as you used to with your loved ones or don’t pay attention to their needs.
If you are concerned that you may have a masturbation addiction, talk to your doctor or a counsellor about ways to reduce your masturbation.
Talk therapy can assist you in dealing with your addiction. You could also reduce your consumption by substituting other activities for masturbation. The next time you feel the urge to masturbate:
- try going for a run
- writing in a journal
- spending time with friends
- going for a walk
- Listening to music
Masturbation has no negative consequences. Some people, however, may feel guilty about masturbating or suffer from chronic masturbation. Because of cultural, spiritual, or religious beliefs, some people may feel guilty about masturbating. Masturbation is neither wrong nor immoral, but you may still hear messages that it is “dirty” and “shameful” to enjoy oneself. If you are feeling guilty about masturbating, talk to someone you trust about why you are feeling this way and how you can overcome your guilt. Sexual health therapists could be a valuable resource.