Is masturbation good for your health?

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché,

I caught my husband  masturbating the other night when I got up late to use the bathroom. He says he read online that it was good for his health and “keeps him young” if he does it daily.  I am not sure how I feel about it.  I certainly don’t want to have sex with him every day! Is it true that it is good for his health?

Wife

 

Dear Wife,

The supplement market makes billions of dollars a year with promises of eternal health and beauty with little evidence to support their claims. The best supplements I know of to bring about better mood, improve the immune system and decrease the likelihood of prostate problems are folk remedies that cost almost nothing. There is strong empirical evidence that an apple a day and an orgasm a day both support prostate health. Orgasm has also been shown to help alleviate anxiety and depression and improve overall immune functioning. And, of course, it is a well-known preventative for premature ejaculation.

There are prohibitions against masturbation in most cultures and religions. The dire predictions range from “going blind” to ruining your relationships, but scientific data shows just the opposite.   Few relationships include daily sex…and the orthodox view that “saving it makes for better sex” does little but increases the risk of early orgasm in men.  You could just as easily say practice makes perfect!

Woman don’t get the prostate benefit but they do get the anxiety, depression and immune support benefits from orgasms.

A caveat, of course, is that if a person is spending excessive time masturbating in lieu of sex with their partner, or doing it at inappropriate times, this might be cause for alarm.

Dr. Brilliant Cliché

 

Granny says: oh, come on. Do people really still believe that masturbation is for perverts and social psychopaths? Wife, you need to do some reading. Men are capable of having more orgasms than you can ever imagine. I’ve known guys who are at it three times a day. Easily. The rate at which teen boys can get it up is somewhat awe inspiring.

The list of benefits which orgasm can produce is pretty awe inspiring too. In addition to the stuff already mentioned, it improves circulation, increases fertility in women by stimulating the hypothalamus gland, aids in lymphatic cleansing, promotes healthy hormone levels, spikes DHEA levels to improve brain function and skin appearance, and can even help cure migraines. So back off, Wife! What are you trying to do, kill the guy?

Here’s an encouraging thought- if your husband is masturbating at home, he’s probably not having an affair. If you can’t imagine having sex more than once a week, I would not mess with your husband’s current methods.

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One Response to Is masturbation good for your health?

  1. ken says:

    Dear wife,
    Since religion was brought up in the blog, I would like to quote from the catechism of the catholic church. Paragraph 2352 states: “By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. Both the magisterium of the church, in the course of a constant tradition, and of the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action. The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose. For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self giving in human procreation in the context of true love is achieved.”
    This response is totally expected in the context of heterosexual monogamous practice. However the next section requires further explanation.
    Paragraph 2352 continues: “to form an equitable judgment about the subjects’ moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety, or other psychological or social factors that can lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability.”
    Even with this explanation, the church is inaccurate. The problem the church his having with its explanation of masturbation is its lack of distinction between masturbation and ejaculation. Because the church defines one of the functions of marriage to be procreation, it sees masturbation as necessarily leading to ejaculation, specifically sperm release. The church is not opposed to stimulating the reward center of the brain which can be done by masturbation. If the church were opposed to pleasure, its members could do nothing internally or externally to stimulate the brain’s natural capacity to cause pleasure. Underneath the church’s condemnation of masturbation is instead a condemnation of the release of sperm outside of heterosexual monogamous marriage which in its view is a form of birth control.

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