Okay, I’ll try to be succinct here while answering the points brought up by this enlightening article ;D (gosh, haven’t used sarcasm in a long time). In fact, as I finished reading, it sounded more like they were just pandering to those who are already addicted, but needed confirmation to keep on doing it. It was badly written, and there is a Trojan virus on that page.
Masturbation prevents cervical infections (Cervicitis) and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Ehh… no. While the production of mucus is, indeed, related with a healthy vagina, women in their fertile years will naturally produce mucus, specially during their fertile days, without needing stimulus. (this ‘mucus production’ was the article’s -]excuse/-] explanation for how this prevention occurs)
Cervical infections are not common ailments on healthy women. Most cervicitis, in fact, are related with STDs, which are not the sort of disease someone gets from masturbation alone. Other causes of cervicitis would be infection (usually around the vulva, anus or urethra), to which you’d have to be producing a lot of mucus to avoid spreading it. (not to mention, that masturbation MIGHT be what moves the infection from vulva into the vagina)
Masturbation Prevents Prostate Cancer
The explanation was that, with ejaculation, a man would ‘eject cancer causing agents’. This… makes really no sense to me, but I’ll get to that.
Studies have shown some relation between ejaculation and prostate cancer, but with a different conclusion from this article. It was found that, in younger men (their early 20-30), frequent masturbation (2 to 7 times - or more - a week) increased the risk of prostate cancer by the time they reached age 60. As 3DOCTORS said, correlation does not equal causation. This correlation might be due to hormonal levels: higher levels of testosterone would have a more pronounced effect on a man’s reproductive organs (higher risk of developing cancer); at the same time, higher levels of testosterone are directly related to a higher sexual drive and libido (which would make a man more likely to ejaculate, either by sex, masturbation or nocturnal emission).
So, in conclusion, its not the frequency itself, but what causes it. While a boy in his 20s would only engage in so much masturbation due to some hormonal imbalance (such as too much testosterone, or other causes like depression), a healthy male with a wife might do so because they are trying for a baby, or because they both enjoy one another, so he wouldn’t be at increased risk of prostate cancer.
As to helping eject ‘cancer causing agents’, my question is: what agents? The only substances that get around there (other than hormones and blood) are seminal fluids + sperm and urine. How would more seminal fluids, sperm and urine help clean that? Why doesn’t anyone recommend peeing as prevention as well? I know I may sound petulant to the medical society here, but this still sound silly as a theory for prostate cancer cause.
Masturbation Reduces Tension/Stress
Well, yeah. Just as a person orgasms (and during sexual stimulation overall), the body is suddenly filled with neurohormones that cause muscle relaxation and lightheaded-ness (reduced activity in the cerebral cortex). So, you relax and think of nothing for a while. Yay!
Problem of this is, like much in our lives, masturbation is not going to solve any of your problems. So, as soon as you finish feeling good from the orgasm, you not only remember everything that was causing you tension, you’ll add “wasting time masturbating” to the list.
Masturbation Reduces Insomnia
Ehh. No. Again.
You’ll feel relaxed, and tired, and it might help you to sleep. The thing is, if you can sleep soundly all night at all, then you don’t really suffer from insomnia. You might be having some acute insomnia, caused by something that is going in your life at the moment, to which any other exercise (or reading a boring lecture in bed) would help as much as masturbation in putting you to sleep. Differently, someone with chronic insomnia would soon wake up, and resume their lives as insomniacs.
Increases Pelvic Strength
The excuse was that, during orgasm, the contractions of muscles count as exercise. Cute.
As true as this might be, as someone who has to make actual exercises for pelvic muscles (I have a mild case of urinary incontinence), unless you actually masturbate 12 times a day or something, the contractions from orgasm are NOT enough to increase pelvic strength, not even to maintain it (those are not muscles that go flaccid for no reason).
Ohh, the lies. People tending towards depression will, in fact, find themselves even more aggravated after masturbation. Specially those who are single, there is nothing that makes you happier than to remember you have no one to be with in that moment. (I know, I’ve been there)
While orgasm DOES release endorphins on the bloodstream, that makes for only a very small moment of ‘elation’. Note, I didn’t say ‘happiness’. You may feel a bit better for a few minutes, but it is not enough to make you get your life back on tracks and avoid getting depressed. To not be depressed you’d need those endorphin on normal or high levels ALL THE TIME, but if something is preventing normal levels of endorphin, it is not a 4 seconds endorphin rush that is going to fix it.