Every guy should take his health into his own hands, literally. Male masturbation jokes always get laughs in buddy movies and comedy routines. But a new study actually has something serious to say about the typical dude's favorite shower activity: Masturbating frequently could significantly reduce a man's risk of prostate cancer. What qualifies as frequently? To reach these findings, researchers surveyed 31, men, sending them questionnaires about how often they engaged in self-love.
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How Often the Average Woman and Average Man Masturbate
Masturbation is a common and healthy behavior, but it can be a challenging topic to discuss. Even adults who are in close sexual, romantic, or other intimate relationships might feel embarrassed about bringing up the topic. The subject of masturbation can even feel "taboo" for married couples to openly talk about. One reason people may find it hard to discuss is that there are many masturbation myths and misconceptions that persist despite evidence that masturbation is normal, healthy, and can be beneficial regardless of relationship status. A person might also feel differently about masturbation when they are single versus when they are partnered or married. For example, you might worry that your partner's desire to masturbate means that you are not meeting their sexual needs —but this is not necessarily the case.
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Depending on your own self-pleasuring habits, the titillating facts will either shock or mildly interest you. The gap closes in for those who reported masturbating multiple times a month, with But the disparity generally remains the same throughout our lives, with women coming in at least percentage points behind men in each category.
Masturbation can sometimes feel daunting. I also get frustrated by how easily I can get thrown off course, or about how particular I am with my environment. Ultimately, though, I feel happy to have one reliable way to get myself off. I know from my experience as an educator that there are many, many others who have yet to find a way they like to do it. When we take the time to explore on our own, though, both our solo and partnered sex lives benefit.