It’s time to discredit those Masturbation Myths!

Self-pleasure is something that is part of many of our self-care routines however, it’s a topic that not enough of us discuss. For years there have been masturbation myths doing the rounds. In the mid-1900s, people were told that masturbation caused blindness and disease. People thought would eat up a man’s strength and turn him feeble-minded. It was also believed that a bland diet would reduce sex drives and bring an end to masturbation, which is why John Kellogg and Sylvester Graham developed the cornflakes we know and love today.

We’re here to set the records straight.

Myth 1: People who have regular sex masturbate less

Masturbation Myths 1: People who have regular sex masturbate less

 

 

Studies have actually shown that the more sex people have, the more they tend to self-pleasure.

 

 

Myth 2: You’ll no longer enjoy sex with a partner if you masturbate too regularly

Masturbation Myths 2: You’ll no longer enjoy sex with a partner if you masturbate too regularly

 

In fact, the more you masturbate, the more you’ll understand your body and the better that you will be able to communicate your needs with a partner. Similarly to Myth 1, partnered sex and self-pleasure go hand in hand.

 

 

Myth 3: Masturbation is something that you do alone

Myth 3: Masturbation is something that you do alone

 

Mutual masturbation is a form of sex that can be done with a partner (or partners!). To watch and be watched is something that many people find enjoyable. Consequently, it is also a great way to learn about each other’s preferences!

 

 

Myth 4: Masturbating too often can lead to loss of sensitivity or erectile dysfunction

Masturbation Myths 4: Masturbating too often can lead to loss of sensitivity or erectile dysfuntion

Frequent masturbation can’t desensitise the nerves; however, if you masturbate in the same way each time, your body may become accustomed to that sensation and could start to associate it with climax.

Mix up your techniques, try out different positions, invest in a toy or perhaps explore a new fantasy!

 

Myth 5: Everyone should masturbate

Myth 5: Everyone should masturbate

 

 

Masturbating is a natural, healthy and an important tool for getting to know your body. However, it’s not something that everyone feels comfortable doing, and that’s okay too!

 

 

Here at JOI, we think masturbation can be great for your mind and body. Furthermore, if you’re interested in learning more about the facts and science behind masturbation, read here!

Ultimately, the choice of whether to masturbate or not is entirely down to you as an individual.  There is one thing that’s for sure, speaking openly about our masturbation habits will bring an end to those pesky myths!

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