Video: Is Masturbation Good For You?

September 28, 2015 by Justin Lehmiller

“Masturbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease; in the twentieth it’s a cure.” – Thomas Szasz

Historically, masturbation has been viewed as an immoral activity capable of causing a wide range of negative health effects, including everything from blindness to hairy palms to insanity. Warnings about the dire personal health consequences of self-stimulation persist even today–but is there any truth to them? Not so much. In fact, research suggests quite the opposite. For a brief summary of what the science of self-love has revealed, check out the video below, which dispels some of the most common myths and misconceptions out there. For a closer look at some of the most interesting research to date suggesting that there might be potential health benefits of masturbation, check out this article.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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