Many have survived the quarantine without a partner because they have found a solution within their reach, both men and women.
Masturbation, more than a consolation prize, is a safe and fun way to get to know your body and all its erogenous zones, those points that make us feel pleasure, if stimulated #sinrecato.
The word “masturbate” comes from the Latin manus turnare, meaning to become disturbed or violent with the hand, which makes it clear that feminine onanism has been subsidiary to masculine onanism and there is no specific term to designate it, so the most appropriate verb would be “to digitize oneself”, according to scholars of the subject.
Masturbation is a very common sexual practice in men and women. It is a healthy way of self pleasure, either alone or in couples. Living with your partner does not have to be an obstacle to practice it, nor the other should feel excluded or replaced; it is just a way to provide pleasure. What would be really uncomfortable would be if it was always the first option before being with your partner.
Here are some benefits:
- In men, masturbation is associated with a decrease in the risk of prostate cancer based on a greater ejaculation, which is why scientists relate it to the elimination of carcinogens from the prostate and the improvement of sperm quality.
- In women, it helps the cervix open and release mucus and cervical fluids, which usually harbor bacteria.
- In men it strengthens the muscles, preventing incontinence and erectile dysfunction. This benefit is also obtained in morning erections.
- In women it reduces infections or diseases of the urinary tract.
- The use of vibrators can increase sexual excitement and function in both men and women. Many studies explain that women who use vibrators have better lubrication and men experience better erectile function.
- Women are anatomically privileged to have an organ designed exclusively for pleasure; the clitoris.
- Both men and women by masturbating and feeling orgasms, are releasing a high hormonal load such as cortisol that strengthens the immune system and endorphins in the bloodstream that reduce depression.
- It releases tension, improves mood and promotes relaxation of body and mind.
- Prevents pathologies such as type 2 diabetes.
Autoeroticism helps to overcome psychological barriers that can lead to sexual dysfunction such as anorgasmia and loss of sexual desire. Exploring your body, besides contributing to acceptance, allows you to disinhibit yourself and as long as you understand how your body responds to the stimulation of its erogenous zones you can guide your partner and enjoy together.
The only danger of solitary caresses is the temptation to function in a closed circuit.
There are also many myths about masturbation:
- That it causes blindness.
- That hair grows on the palms of the hands.
- That it causes impotence, and erectile dysfunction.
- That it produces contraction and curvature of the penis.
- That it lowers sperm count.
- That produces sterility.
- That it causes mental illness.
- That it causes physical weakness.
- That it…
However, sexologists conclude that those who masturbate the most are those who have sex more often than those who have not had sex for a while. In men, it is due to an increase in testosterone during the period of sexual activity, which causes greater desire.
But what better way to conclude, quoting from the book, ‘Sex and Feelings’ (female version) by Dr. Sylvain Mimoun and Rica Etienne: “The belief that masturbation is dangerous, has its days numbered. This practice does not tire, nor does it cause anemia. The only danger of solitary caresses is the temptation to function in a closed circuit. As we find it good, easy, practical and fast, we don’t even make the effort to propose a night of love to our Romeo. Then it is not good for him or for the couple”.
Traducción del español Catalina Oviedo Brugés.