The Dangers of Abstinence

Masturbation has numerous positive health effects and health experts and sex therapists say it is a normal, natural and useful activity. Abstaining from masturbation could have negative consequences for one's health and wellbeing.

News Items

Masturbation Prevents Prostate Cancer
Frequent masturbation, particularly in the 20s, helps prevent prostate cancer later in life, according to new research.
Australian scientists have shown that the more men masturbate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop the disease that kills more than half a million men each year.
They suspect that frequent ejaculation has a protective effect against the cancer because it prevents dangerous carcinogens from building up in the gland.
- As reported by Reuters, from a report in New Scientist Magazine 16 July 2003

Sexual activity does not cause prostate cancer, and men who ejaculate frequently may even be protecting themselves against the disease, US researchers reported today. The study, which involved more than 29,000 healthy men and covered sex of all kinds including masturbation and nocturnal emissions, confirms a smaller Australian study from last July that reached similar conclusions, the authors said.
- As reported by Reuters, April 7, 2004

Masturbation Treats Female Sexual Dysfunction
"Table 6: Basic Treatment Strategies for Female Sexual Dysfunction
Enhance stimulation and eliminate routine
Encourage use of erotic materials (videos, books); suggest masturbation to maximize familiarity with pleasurable sensations; encourage communication during sexual activity; recommend use of vibrators (provide information for obtaining one discreetly); discuss varying positions, times of day or places; suggest making a "date" for sexual activity."
- from Female Sexual Dysfunction: Evaluation and Treatment by Nancy A. Phillips M.D., American Family Physician, July 1, 2000

Other News

Watching Porn Encourages Better Sperm
Men on IVF programs produce better sperm after they've viewed porn movies, according to the University of Western Australia. Apparently seeing other men having sex produces an instictive need to compete, and the sperm subsequently swim faster. It's called "sperm competition."
- As reported by ABC Australia, June 5, 2005

Porn is Better Than Drugs For The Aged
Staff in a retirement home in Denmark have been providing their residents with blue movies, and swear that it does more for their quality of life than vitamins or drugs. The Danish government has also released a report stating that sexuality is an important part of life for the aged and that carers should cater to their needs.
- As reported by Ananova and the New York Post, September 9, 2001

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