*Goya's Dos Mujeres y Un Hombre depicting two women laughing at a masturbating man (source)
I bet most of you did not know that May is unofficial National Masturbation Month in US. It should be extended world-wide! It’s healthy and gives pleasure so regardless of your gender, sexual orientation and political views, do masturbate!
“It is believed that carcinogens may build up in the prostate if men do not ejaculate regularly, BBC News reported [based on Australian research findings]. The researchers surveyed more than 1,000 men who had developed prostate cancer, and 1,250 men who had not. They found that men who had ejaculated the most between the ages of 20 and 50 were the least likely to get cancer. Men who ejaculated more than five times each week were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Sexual intercourse may not have the same effect because of the higher risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, which could in turn raise the risk of cancer. "Had we been able to remove ejaculations associated with sexual intercourse, there should have been an even stronger protective effect of ejaculations," Graham Giles of the Cancer Council Victoria, who led the researchers, said in the article.
The prostate produces a fluid that is incorporated into ejaculation, which activates sperm and prevents them from sticking together. Studies on animals have shown that carcinogens like 3-methylchloranthrene can be harbored in the prostate. Frequent ejaculation encourages the cancer-inducing fluids to "flush out." (The Advocate)”
“Having regular orgasms is as important to your health as flossing your teeth.” - Devra Lee Davis, head of the Centre for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute – what a wise woman! (Cosmopolitan, June issue 2008)
In the same issue of Cosmopolitan, actress Kim Catrall (from my favourite “Sex and The City”) stresses the importance of “learn[ing] to pleasure yourself”:
“The earlier you learn to masturbate, the better your sex life will be. It took me years of self-discovery to get there – I even read books by sex therapists and stood naked in front of a mirror to try to learn how to get in touch with my body. Experimenting at an earlier age would’ve provided me with a basis for a more fulfilling sexual relationship.”