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Masturbation Myths, this topic is always surrounded by many myths and few facts. Let’s uncover the facts and dispel the myths surrounding masturbation today.
Have you ever wondered if your little habits of self-indulgence in the privacy of your own thoughts could be affecting your memory?
You’re not alone, after all.
For many of us, it has been a source of interest and worry to learn if masturbation contributes to memory loss.
Well, in order to get to the bottom of this interesting subject, we’re going in-depth in this blog. But don’t worry, we won’t complicate things too much. We’ll make everything clear, concise, and simple to follow.
So, prepare yourself to investigate the truths and refute falsehoods related to this age-old subject. Let’s get going!
Does Masturbation Affect Memory and Brain?
Pleasuring oneself is a health problem sexual activity that has several proven benefits. The practice is perhaps as old as real life. However, the recent advent of high-speed internet and extreme varieties of pornographic content, has changed the dynamics completely.
Several people in the world are falling prey to masturbation addiction and/or suffering from other harmful masturbation effects due to their compulsivity.
When dealing with any topic, it is important to know what’s true and what’s not. But many of the popular side effects propagated by the masses are fallacies. People tend to accept what coincides with their ideas and beliefs.
Despite the existence of the internet and online articles debunking the myths around masturbation, the amount of unfounded information consumed is still high.
And so the question remains, Is memory affected by pleasuring oneself?
Well, this is one of the most prominent masturbation myths. However, there is no conclusive evidence to prove that masturbation causes one to suffer from memory loss. In fact, the changes are reversible no matter how compulsive the habit has become.
That said, let us take a walk through some actual facts revolving around this topic.
It is the stigma around the topic that popularizes the misinformation passed around. Let’s take a look at some of the existing myths and facts around masturbation.
1. Masturbation and memory loss
Memory loss and masturbation have been linked together for years, but the truth about it might be surprising. Most people discard this idea as no one believes it could be possible.
However, the answer is both yes and no, depending on how you look at it.
Basically, excessive masturbation drains the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This is, in turn, replaced with stress adrenaline that results in reduced focus and memory loss. The fatigue that results from ejaculation can make one feel relaxed, maybe a little too relaxed. This can affect concentration and their ability to retain information.
On the other hand, despite the rewiring of the brain that takes place, there is no conclusive evidence to prove that masturbation causes one to suffer from memory loss.
The changes are reversible no matter how compulsive the habit has become.
2. Masturbation makes you go blind
This is perhaps the most popular myth about masturbation found universally. Masturbation does not make one go blind in any way. One could argue that this was made as a joke, and it very well might be.
But the sheer amount of people who believe it and/or spread it shows how an activity people are uncomfortable with is demonized or vilified by baseless arguments.
These myths were made at a time when sex life was considered an activity for procreation and not one for sexual pleasure or sex drive.
While understanding the harmful effects of any behavior, one must rule out fake information too. Myths like these only propagate the idea that masturbation is bad, which is rooted in the cultural, religious, or spiritual beliefs of the masses.
Instead, we must learn to talk about these topics and address our doubts.
3. Masturbation causes a reduction in penis size
The answer to whether this is a myth is (again) both yes and no. Indulgence in the activity does cause weaker and painful erections.
In such a situation, one might notice a slight difference in the size of their penis. These changes in size and feel of the penis are reversible, given they abstain from the activity for a few days.
In fact, a large number of people believe that excessive masturbation causes the penis to shrink for good. However, this is not true and again an attempt to demonize pleasuring oneself.
4. Masturbation causes infertility
It is common for many to believe that masturbation reduces sperm count and makes one impotent. Excessive ejaculation does cause a reduction in the quantity of semen expelled.
However, the body is capable of renewing sperm cells.
The loss in the amount of semen produced is felt one people masturbate more frequently. By refusing to give in to their urges, they are able to reverse these effects within a couple of days.
5. It is unhealthy to not masturbate
This is rather popular among all frequent masturbators. Or simply put, almost everyone believes this. Masturbation does have many proven benefits. However, not indulging in the activity is perfectly healthy too.
Without the habit, one gets to focus on other aspects of their life rather than constantly pleasuring oneself. Other added benefits would be not getting addicted, not injuring their genitals from excessive rubbing, and not losing concentration.
The only possible risk, if one may call it that, would be getting wet dreams from time to time and waking up to find out that you’ve made a mess all over your boxers. However, there are no proven health risks associated with abstaining from masturbation.
6. Masturbation leads to hair loss
The reason for this claim is rooted in the expulsion of proteins from the body through ejaculation. Hair growth is largely aided by proteins in the body and with a compulsive masturbator, all of it is being wasted into their oldest sock.
Semen does contain high levels of protein. However, the amount secreted while ejaculating is relatively small compared to the required levels for hair growth.
Therefore, there is no scientific report to substantiate this claim. This is another myth that, though debunked, seems to be shared extensively.
There is no need to completely give up pleasuring oneself. It is perhaps the most natural way of escaping reality. But it is also imperative that one knows when it is too much.
Now that we’ve gone over the popular myths and facts, we will look at the benefits and detrimental effects that masturbation has on one’s mind and body. Understanding the effects of the act will help you take positive steps to control your addiction.
Benefits of Masturbation
Well, wipe off that shocked look! Yes there are a number of benefits of masturbation, these include:
- Better sleep – Masturbation releases oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, the group of chemicals termed the ‘happy chemicals. The endorphins produced along with the oxytocin will help relax your muscles, which makes you fall asleep.
- Helps reduce stress – Endorphins are produced by the body to relieve stress and pain. Masturbation releases endorphins that make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Used correctly, it can be a great way to forget about the problems in life for a while and come back with a clearer head.
- Elevates Mood – Dopamine is the chemical responsible for the pleasure and reward systems of the brain. Ejaculation causes an influx of endorphins that make you happy and have a more positive outlook.
- You understand your body better – Masturbation is a great way to explore your body and figure out what senses you have a liking to. It helps with understanding your needs as well as your sexual desire, giving you an overall understanding of pleasure and your body.
- Better Focus and Concentration – The phenomenon commonly termed as post nut clarity occurs, as the name suggests, right after ejaculation. Some people use masturbation as a method to focus better on the task at hand. In spite of documented testimonials, science hasn’t backed up the claims.
Negative Effects of Masturbation
Now, just like a coin, every aspect of life has two sides. So, it’s time to look at the flip side and check out some negative effects!
- Lethargy – Masturbation causes your muscles to relax. It can cause you to feel lazy, often invoking sleepiness. Excessive indulgence in this habit can make you largely inactive and alter your mood.
- Demotivation – It is very common for people to feel a lack of motivation to do anything after pleasuring themselves. This feeling can cause significant changes to one’s lifestyle if it is persistent, affecting different spheres from person to work.
- Decline in penile/vaginal health – Excessive and aggressive rubbing of the penis can cause weaker erections and your penis to whither in size. It can also cause injuries to and/or swelling of the penis. It can also cause pain and dryness of vaginal walls in women.
- Desensitization to sex/sexual dysfunctions – When sexual organs become desensitized, real sex starts to become less pleasurable too. This can cause trust issues and bad self-esteem in couples, potentially ruining their otherwise meaningful and strong relationships. Masturbation when coupled with excessive porn consumption can cause porn-induced-erectile-dysfunction (PIED), where men can’t maintain an erection due to performance anxiety, bad body image, lower self-esteem, and/or unrealistic standards of beauty culminating from imbibing characteristics portrayed in porn.
- Addiction to Masturbation – Perhaps being the easiest, most natural escape or high one could attain, it isn’t all safe and healthy. The constant chasing of the high alters the neurological structure in the brain the same way any addictive substance like cocaine does. This can cause detrimental changes to one’s health and social life. The compulsivity can change the way your reward circuits work and alter the regulation of dopamine release in your body.
- Decrease in Testosterone Levels – Testosterone plays an important role in muscle development, hair growth, and regulating libido among many other functions. Every time there’s an expulsion of semen, a significant amount of testosterone is discharged. Studies show a remarkable increase in testosterone levels in men who abstain from masturbation for just a week.
- Weakened Ejaculation – Compulsive masturbation causes weaker ejaculation and sperm count. These effects are reversible by giving up masturbation for a while, but a failure to do so can possibly lead to other serious sexual dysfunctions including delayed ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.
- Destroying relationships – In these times of high-speed internet, it is very hard to find someone who doesn’t watch porn and masturbate. This has been a leading cause of the destruction of marriages all over the world. Choosing porn or masturbation over your spouse creates a bad body image, lower self-esteem, and a lack of trust in relationships.
- Poor performance at work/school – Fatigue and general laziness can lead to a lack of motivation that can affect one’s performance. Masturbation is proven to cause a decrease in energy levels. Excessive indulgence in masturbation might cause one to have a lesser focus on the tasks at hand.
- Guilt/Shame – It is common for men to experience embarrassment and guilt right after ejaculation. The reason for this phenomenon, commonly called ‘Post Nut Clarity’, has no scientific evidence. Researchers suggest this might be due to underlying cultural or religious beliefs of a person; sex and everything related to the topic is largely considered taboo and people are not comfortable voicing their take on the matter. This coupled with a compulsion to masturbate is highly dangerous as it can lead to severe mental health issues.
- Mental Health Issues – Isolating yourself often to masturbate can rewire the way you behave in social situations. You might tend to get anxious in social situations if you are out of touch with being social.
- Constant involvement with the activity changes the way you view pleasure, making everything else seem less pleasurable. In the same way an addictive drug works, you stop being able to find pleasure in the little things in life, other than your little buddy. The general lack of motivation can even lead to more serious problems like social phobia and depression.
Well, there you have it—we hope you got a thorough insight into myths and facts.
Basically, myths and facts have a cognitive function on your ideas and perspectives. You need to simply remember, that your brain is a complex and resilient organ, and a little self-care won’t harm it.
In fact, in this journey of self-care, addiction is a Big red flag. Therefore, it’s best to move ahead with a priority on self-care!