Healthy Benefits of Male Masturbation

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What if I told you there are reported benefits to masturbation for men? These reported benefits include healthier relationships, physical and psychological upsides. Being that masturbation may sometimes be met with criticism or the focus of stigma, research showing positive results may help change some views.

 

Why masturbation can be important for intimate health?

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) guidelines on sexuality education include masturbation as a key topic, but masturbation is often omitted from sexuality education, which is one of the reasons why it’s a good idea to learn more about these benefits that may provide valuable results. 


According to Medical News Today, masturbation has many physical and mental health benefits, and is a normal and healthy sexual activity.


Research has shown that approximately 63% of men masturbate. People masturbate for a variety of reasons. These include pleasure, enjoyment, and to relieve tension. Some people masturbate alone, while others masturbate with a partner. 


Whatever your personal reasons and preferences for masturbation are, I am hoping this article will help you with some knowledge and helpful tips.  


Male Intimate Areas

Knowing male anatomy, erogenous zones, and pleasure points may be helpful in finding new ways to enjoy masturbation. 


Frenulum: The frenulum is the piece of sensitive skin on the underside of the penis near the center of the head, where the skin from the foreskin attaches itself to the penis. It is thought to be the most sensitive part of the penis. 


Penis Shaft: The main portion of the penis.


Glans Penis: The glans refers to the rounded head or tip of the penis. The term glans penis was derived from the Latin word for 'acorn’ because of its shape.


Perineum: The perineum is the space between the anus and scrotum in men. The perineum protects nerves, pelvic floor muscles, and the blood vessels in the genital region. 


Prostate Gland: The prostate gland is an internal male reproductive organ located below the bladder in front of the rectum. The prostate's function is the production of a fluid that, together with sperm cells from the testicles, makes up semen. The muscles of the prostate also expel semen during ejaculation.

 

3 Wellness Benefits of Masturbation

Now that the male intimate areas have been identified, let’s look at a few reported healthy benefits. A Gallup Poll reported that half of Americans regularly take a vitamin or nutritional supplement with the hopes of improving their health. Perhaps masturbation should also be considered as an addition to wellness routines given the following benefits. 

 

1. Masturbation & Healthy Sexual Development

Research found masturbation plays a role in healthy sexual development throughout a person’s life. 

 

2. Psychological Benefits

Research found masturbation can help fight depression and provides relief for stress and tension by lowering blood pressure.

 

3. Physical Benefits

Research reported masturbation can benefit the immune system, while the University of Sydney found it lowers chances of diabetes and insomnia. 


Products to Target Male Anatomy

Frenulum: In order to target this specific area, using a masturbation device designed to stimulate the frenulum is helpful. Consider something like the Pulse Solo Essential Guybrator was created to specifically target the frenulum. 


Penis Shaft: Using a masturbation sleeve that can stimulate the shaft may help provide new pleasurable sensations. Using a clear version allows visual stimulation as well, such as the Helping Head Ultraskyn Pro Stroker


Something else to keep in mind, pleasure products that offer multiple stimulations, such as vibration, may engage and please the penis shaft in its entirety. Consider the Satisfyer Men Vibration Stoker


Glans Penis: A product that offers stimulation that can be focused on the head of the penis may be helpful in arousing this area. Consider the PDX Talk Dirty Robobator Auto Head Stroker. 


P-Spots – Perineum & Prostate Gland: There are specific products that can stimulate both individual areas—and a few select items that aim to engage both P-spots simultaneously, such as the Anal Fantasy Ass-gasm Cock Ring Plug


Couples & Masturbation

One last thing to consider—don’t discount the benefits of a simple masturbation sleeve that can amplify pleasure options. While any of these masturbation products may be used solo or with a partner, masturbation sleeves are particularly fun when used together and offer an interesting element to oral sex play. Check out the GoodHead Helping Head sleeve


According to Planned Parenthood, masturbation can enhance sex between partners both physically and emotionally, can  increase the ability to have orgasms, and can improve relationship and sexual satisfaction.


Male masturbation products may offer new ways for couples to share pleasure. 


Masturbators & their Helpfulness

Have you heard of Idiosyncratic Masturbation? It happens when a person’s body becomes so accustomed to a particular method of masturbation that ejaculation becomes difficult. When this happens, it’s the bodies way of telling a person to switch things up. 


It’s suggested to try different types of stimulation to re-engage the body. This is another situation where male masturbators may be helpful. 


There’s another reason male masturbators may be helpful. A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine reported 60% of penile fractures occur during masturbation, most often using one’s hand.  


Do you consider masturbation healthy? Is masturbation part of your coupled love life? Please send me your questions and comments. I’m always here to help you. 


Dr. Sunny does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

Dr. Sunny Rodgers is a clinician, author, and speaker who has worked in the wellness industry since 2000. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, a Master of Arts in Clinical Sexology, and is an accredited Sexual Health Educator. She is the Founder of The Institute of Intimate Health, an Ambassador for the American Sexual Health Association, regular lecturer for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Sexual Confidence Coach for the Marigold App, and a professional Sex Toy Concierge™. Rodgers hosted a popular weekly show on Playboy Radio, has been an expert guest on several TV and radio programs, and is a regular contributor to HuffPost, Men's Health, Cosmo, Bustle, and many more publications.