In this Article
- Introduction to masturbation
- Who masturbates?
- Why do people masturbate?
- Is masturbation normal?
- Is masturbation harmful?
Is Masturbation Harmful?
In general, the medical community considers masturbation to be a natural and harmless expression of sexuality for both men and women. It does not cause any physical injury or harm to the body, and can be performed in moderation throughout a person's lifetime as a part of normal sexual behavior. Some cultures and religions oppose the use of masturbation or even label it as sinful. This can lead to guilt or shame about the behavior.
Some experts suggest that masturbation can actually improve sexual health and relationships. By exploring your own body through masturbation, you can determine what is erotically pleasing to you and can share this with your partner. Some partners use mutual masturbation to discover techniques for a more satisfying sexual relationship and to add to their mutual intimacy.
WebMD Medical Reference
Reviewed by Raya Almufti Abraham, MD on March 04, 2010
Last Editorial Review: 3/24/2010
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