Q&A: What Are The Effects Of Masturbation?

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QUESTION: Does masturbation cause excessive growth of facial hair?

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No, masturbation doesn’t cause growth—or loss—of facial hair.

No, masturbation doesn’t cause growth—or loss—of facial hair.

Masturbation also doesn’t cause blindness, long-lasting fatigue, hairy palms, memory loss or any other myths you may have heard.

In fact, most men and women masturbate at various points in their lives. Some people never masturbate, but most people try it at least a few times in their lives.

Although there used to be a lot of negative myths about masturbation, most people these days recognize that masturbation is often a healthy and pleasurable part of people’s lives.

Check out The Big Book of Masturbation for an entertaining and informative look at how various cultures have looked at masturbation over time, and how masturbation has been featured in art, literature, and even comic books.

Next Question: My Stamina Bothers My Sexual Partners

With my last girlfriend, sex was very long and pleasurable for both of us. She had multiple orgasms when we had sex. Now that I’m having sex with other women, my stamina continues to last very long and it’s bothering them. What is the percentage or ratio of woman that need one orgasm to have a happy sex life in contrast to those who enjoy multiple?

Read Dr. Debby Herbenick’s response.

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Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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