Spanking the monkey, cleaning the pipes, choking the chicken, crank the shank; whatever slang you may call it, it’s still masturbation. There’s nothing to be ashamed about playing with yourself. In fact, we often receive queries about masturbation. Here are some of the commonly asked questions, as replied by Dr. Martha Lee, clinical sexologist at Eros Coaching and a Men’s Health advisor.
Is Masturbation Harmful?
It is perfectly healthy and an important part of sexual health, tied to our physical, emotional and psychological states, says Dr. Lee. But be aware of your body – watch for signs of soreness or sensitivity, and slow down if needed. If your masturbation is causing you pain or you feel compulsive, talk to your doctor or a qualified sexologist.
Okay, stop “practising”. Masturbation won’t give you the kind of mind-blowing eye-roller that sex will. You know it, your partner knows it and what’s more, Mother Nature likes it that way. According to a study by Stuart Brody, professor of psychology at the University ofPaisley in Scotland, the body releases 400 per cent more of the hormoneprolactin (which makes us feel sexually satisfied) following vaginal penetration than it does after masturbation. “Evolutionary forces always reward behaviours associated with successful reproduction,” saysBrody. “And penile-vaginal sex is the only sexual behaviour that passes in your genes.”