- What Happens If You Don't Masturbate?
- History/Origin of The No Fap / No Nut November Movement
- Difference Of The No FapTo Semen Retention
- Benefits of Masturbation
- Alleged Advantages of Abstaining From Masturbation
- Testosterone Boost
- Better Relationships
- Conform To Their Religious Or Moral Values
- Decrease Use Of Pornography
- Stress and Mood
- Improved Sexual Health
- Improve Focus And Concentration
- More Time For Other Pursuits
- Depression Relief
- Risks of Avoiding Masturbation
- When To See A Doctor
- Conclusion / Debunking The Myth
You've probably heard the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, how about trading that apple for a daily masturbation session? I’ve always believed that masturbating regularly has its benefits.
Masturbation is a natural part of human sexuality, and many indulge in it as a form of self-exploration and pleasure. I recall my own journey of curiosity, starting with a serendipitous introduction through my first porn film. From the initial awkward hand experiment to innovatively using a vibrating toothbrush, I realized I found the pathway to daily bliss– it was the regular practice of masturbation.
Embracing this form of self-care, I've experienced its benefits including pain relief, improved mood, and relaxation. The best sleep I’ve ever had always happened post-orgasm. I became such a staunch advocate that I often find myself recommending friends to explore the world of sex toys or simply indulge more often.
But, let's address the burning question: What really happens when one abstains from masturbation?
In this blog post, we'll explore the topic in detail, debunk any myths, and shed light on the benefits and risks of avoiding masturbation.
What Actually Happens If You Don’t Masturbate?
Masturbation is a natural and healthy part of human sexuality, but there is often speculation and debate surrounding the effects of abstaining from it. To give you a quick answer, not masturbating won't cause any major physical harm or any health risk. However, it can frustrate, trigger, and make some people moody.
For men, It's also worth mentioning that refraining from masturbation won't lead to any dire consequences such as exploding testicles, as some exaggerated claims on the internet suggest.
From Meme to Movement: Tracing the Origins of No Fap November
One movement that has gained popularity in recent years is the No Fap or No Nut November movement. It encourages people to abstain from any form of sexual pleasure, including masturbation, for a certain period of time. The origin of this movement can be traced back to online forums and communities dedicated to self-improvement and personal growth. It gained momentum as individuals shared their experiences and claimed various benefits from abstaining from masturbation.
The Difference Of The No Fap and Semen Retention
It's important to distinguish between the No Fap movement and semen retention. While the former focuses on abstaining from all sexual activities, including masturbation and intercourse, semen retention specifically refers to the practice of not ejaculating. Semen retention is associated with claims of increased energy, improved focus, and enhanced overall well-being, but its scientific evidence remains limited.
Benefits of Masturbation
Sure, there’s the movement above. But, during the pandemic, masturbation levels across the world reached an all-time high, with most people not being able to bone during lockdown. Some people even went as far as tracking their masturbation habits. I’ve never tracked mine, but I do know that I’ve experienced some of the benefits.
We can discuss some of the advantages I’ve encountered when researching this story:
Healthier Sperm and Semen: Firstly, it promotes sperm and semen health in males. Regular ejaculation helps flush out old sperm, reducing the risk of DNA damage and improving fertility. It also aids in the prevention of prostate problems.
A Boost in Sexual Health: Additionally, masturbation contributes to better sexual health overall. It allows individuals to explore and understand their bodies, leading to enhanced self-awareness and better performance during intercourse. For me, it’s really helped me accept and love my own body.
Better Practice of Abstinence: Masturbation can also serve as a valuable practice of abstinence, especially for individuals who are not currently sexually active or who are practicing safe sex while in a monogamous relationship. Some of my friends would partake in hook-up culture. I prefer to stay safe and masturbate alone.
Mental Fitness and Physical Benefits: Moreover, there are various physical and mental health benefits associated with masturbation. It releases endorphins, which are known as "feel-good" hormones, helping to relieve stress and improve mood. It can also help with pain relief, ease menstrual cramps in women, and facilitate better sleep. Masturbation is a natural and pleasurable way to reduce sexual tension and promote overall well-being. I’m even a big believer in doing so just before I sleep. It helps me fall asleep faster and deeper.
Alleged Advantages of Abstaining From Masturbation
Now, let's discuss and debunk some of the advantages of abstaining from masturbation. One common claim is that abstaining will result in a significant boost in testosterone levels.
Increase in Testosterone Levels: Scientific research indicates that testosterone levels are not significantly affected by masturbation or ejaculation frequency. Testosterone levels fluctuate naturally throughout the day, and abstaining from masturbation won't lead to any significant changes.
Fertility: Another claim suggests that abstaining from masturbation can improve fertility. While there is some truth to this, the effect is minimal. Regular ejaculation through masturbation or sexual intercourse is necessary to maintain sperm quality and prevent sperm from becoming stale or stagnant.
Relationships: Additionally, some proponents of abstinence argue that it can lead to better relationships. They claim that by avoiding sexual release, people will be more motivated to pursue real relationships and establish deeper emotional connections.
However, healthy sexual expression is an integral part of many relationships, and complete abstinence may not be the right approach for everyone. Open communication, trust, and mutual understanding are key to healthy relationships, regardless of one's masturbation habits.
One thing I did notice though, personally, when I regularly masturbate, I’m in a more relaxed state of mind to date. And in a relationship, I’m in a happier mood towards my partner. So, I feel that this is a win-win situation for both people.
Values: Others may refrain from masturbation to conform to their religious or moral values. This is a personal choice that should be respected. It's important, however, to approach such decisions with a balanced understanding of the human body and its natural desires.
Pornography: Some individuals advocate for abstaining from masturbation as a means to decrease the use of pornography. While this may be a valid approach for those struggling with addiction or unhealthy habits, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Moderation and self-awareness are key when it comes to engaging with any type of sexual content.
Focus and Concentration: Some claim abstaining from masturbation can also result in improved focus and concentration, more time for other pursuits, and relief from depression. While some individuals may experience these benefits, they are not guaranteed for everyone. Improving focus and time management can be achieved through various means, and it is essential to address depression with professional help and appropriate treatment. Oftentimes, when I have a busy day coming up, I would masturbate to kick off the day on a good start. That to me, is just a mindse, rather than a scientifically proven habit.
Risks of Avoiding Masturbation
I have had friends who have told me that even when practicing celibacy (the act of not having sex) they also practice no masturbation. Often times, I’m shocked at how they are able to do both. But I do know that every person has their own beliefs when it comes to pleasure. So, I try to not preach!
It’s essential though to discuss the risks of avoiding masturbation as well. Some studies have shown a correlation between a lack of sexual activity, including masturbation, and poorer mental health. Sexual expression and intimacy are vital aspects of human relationships and can contribute to emotional well-being.
I do find that friends who are celibate and also not masturbating have a very anxious manner about relationships and dating. However, it's important to note that this relationship is complex and multifaceted, and it varies from person to person.
When To See A Doctor
If you find yourself questioning whether you should see a doctor regarding your masturbation habits, it's important to listen to your body and trust your instincts. If you experience persistent pain, discomfort, or changes in sexual function, it may be wise to seek medical advice to ensure there are no underlying health concerns.
In conclusion, we’ve come a long way from being anti-masturbation. In the past, there have been extreme beliefs that masturbation is not good for you or even considered a disorder. Just read this story on how Kellogg’s cereal was actually invented to stop people from masturbating.
At present, the majority don’t think this way. And it’s been proven that refraining from masturbation won't cause any major physical harm. However, it is always best to understand the benefits that come with engaging in this natural and pleasurable activity.
Masturbation promotes sperm and semen health, contributes to better sexual health, serves as a practice of abstinence, and has various physical and mental health benefits. While there are claimed advantages to abstaining from masturbation, they are not scientifically proven or guaranteed for everyone. It's important to approach this topic with an open mind and prioritize self-awareness, balance, and overall well-being.
Personally, a healthy masturbation practice gives me more bliss than an apple.