Is Masturbation Normal or Harmful?
Masturbation is only considered a problem when it inhibits sexual activity with a partner, causes significant distress to the person or is done in public. It may cause distress if it interferes with daily life and activities.
While it once was regarded as a perversion and a sign of a mental problem, masturbation now is regarded as a normal, healthy sexual activity that is pleasant, fulfilling, and safe. It is a healthy way to experience sexual pleasure and can be done throughout life.
Some experts suggest that masturbation can actually improve sexual health and relationships. By exploring your own body through masturbation, you can determine what is erotically pleasing to you and can share this with your partner.
In general, the medical community considers masturbation to be a natural and harmless expression of sexuality for both men and women. It does not cause any physical injury or harm to the body, and can be performed in moderation throughout a person’s lifetime as a part of normal sexual behavior.