What is Masturbation ?
Masturbation can be defined as the sexual stimulation of your own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, with or without the achievement of orgasm. Masturbation often involve the use of hands, fingers and sex toys such as vibrators. A British national probability survey reported that, among individuals aged 16 to 44 years, 95% of men and 71% of women masturbated at some point in their lives. About 73% of men and 37% of women reported masturbating in the four weeks before their interview, while 53% of men and 18% of women reported masturbating in the previous seven days. Read Does Masturbation Cause Hair Loss
Causes of Masturbation
-In-ability to control ones sexual tension
-Rising levels of hormone as secondary sexual characters appear which influences sexual arousal
-Peer pressure and influences
What are the Side effects of Masturbation
Nerve Damage and Premature Ejaculation -Excessive masturbation may cause damage to the nerves that allow for the ejaculation. This can cause premature ejaculation or even an ejaculation during sleep.
Increased Risk of Allergic Reaction and STDs– Introducing foreign objects into the vagina is not without the risk of tears , abrasions and allergic reactions which can sometimes be life threatening. In addition , when you touch the genitals of an infected person and then touch yours or when you share sex toys with a person infected with a sexually transmitted disease, you can easily become infected with Sexually Transmitted Infections such as HIV, Trichomoniasis, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhea, syphilis , Chlamydia and a host of others.
Increased Risk of Testicular torsion and penile injury– Regular masturbation can increase the risk of testicular torsion in men. When you masturbate in a face-down position, you tend to exert more pressure on the penis, and you may injure it in the process. Also See Does Masturbation Cause Acne(Pimples)
Damage to Blood Vessels – The genitals of both men and women is highly vascularized. Rigorous stimulation and squeezing can damage the nerves and blood vessels in the penis which can force the semen into the urinary bladder in men.
Unhealthy Weight loss and decreased sensation– Masturbation mess up your relationship and make it difficult for you to enjoy sex with your partner. Studies has shown that too tight of a grip during masturbation can decrease sensation. Excessive masturbation also significantly increases your risk of unexplained weight loss .
How to Stop Masturbation
Get busy doing something exciting
One of the most effective ways of overcoming the habit of masturbation involves engaging in exciting activities. This has been proven to help replace the urge to masturbate. Such activities may include sports, learning how to play new musical instrument, writing a book and learning how to swim can effectively distract you and help you stop masturbating.
Minimize consumption of aphrodisiac foods
An aphrodisiac food are foods that when consumed arouses sexual instinct, brings on desire or increases sexual pleasure or performance because of their libido-boosting effects. Eating food such as oysters, salmon, chili peppers, coffee, avocados, banana, and chocolate can make it difficult for your to stop your addiction to masturbation because they arouse sexual instinct and bring on desire .
Refocus your brain on the delayed gratification
Leverage on the fact that your brain is simply not equipped to deal with the massive number of ‘objects’ that are perpetually trying to disrupt your focus. Masturbation is centered on instant gratification. When you exercise, get enough sleep and eat good diet it will help you learn how to become the master of your brain instead of its slave.
Determine the time you like to masturbate the most and introduce a new activity
If you fall in the category of those who have masturbation related insomnia or those who find it difficult to refrain from the temptation to masturbate in the shower, don’t despair!. You can easily overcome the temptation to masturbate by simply picking up a book to read OR drop to the floor and do push-ups until you’re too exhausted to do anything but fall asleep. If your shower time is messing up your desire to overcome masturbation, start using a bath timer to ensure that you don’t spend unnecessary time in the bathroom you can also use ice cold water to reduce the time you spend bathing.
Avoid solitude as much as possible
The negative effects of solitude are socially depriving and may trigger the onset of mental illness if not properly managed. If you masturbate frequently because you feel lonely, find ways to be as socially engaged by volunteering , joining a social club or going out of your way to make more friends. The aim here is to short circuit the goal of imaginative, solitude masturbation.
Avoid pornography, romantic movies, and novels
One of the major triggers for masturbation and the principal reason for relapse into masturbation is emotional or romantic scenes visualized or imagined. If you must stop your addition to masturbation you must avoid pornography , movies with excessive sex scenes, romantic novels or places where people masturbate either openly or privately. Watching movies with others can also help reduce your tendency to masturbate.