At some point in time, masturbating became a hush-hush topic that nobody ever wanted to talk about IRL (well, unless it was about dudes masturbating). People started spreading rumors about masturbation that made the act seem, well, kind of terrifying. Some religious groups called masturbation a sin, making it seem like you would be damned for eternity if you ever participated in it. Someone online created this photo declaring that “every time you masturbate, a kitten dies.” And while both sound ridiculous in retrospect, if you didn’t know much about masturbating when hearing them, you might start to think that some of these things are true – or at least that masturbating is inherently wrong and shameful. It’s not, and I’m here to dismiss all of the crazy masturbation myths you might have heard.
Of course, like anything else, there are some bad things that happen when you’re enjoying some solo sex: if you do it wrong, you might get hurt, or even get an infection. You could potentially get addicted to it, which could mess with your sex life. But honestly, there are way more pros than cons, and the bad things that could happen are so few and far between that you really don’t need to stress over them. There are proven benefits to masturbating, and you shouldn’t let some dumb myths stop you from doing your thing. So, take a look at these masturbating myths that you probably believe are true, and why they actually aren’t.
Using A Vibrator To Masturbate Ruins Sex For YouThere's a really popular belief out there that using a vibrator too often can negatively affect your sex life. A lot of people think that if you use one a lot on your own, you'll get so used to that feeling that then you won't be able to orgasm when doing anything else. People also believe that the vibrator can, after time, desensitize you down there, causing your vagina to stop responding to stimulation. False! Science has proven that there is no such thing as using a vibrator too much. There are a ton of ways to get stimulated sexually, and a vibrator is just another way! Image Source: iStock
You Can't Masturbate On Your PeriodA lot of girls think that they need to take a break from masturbating during their period, but you actually don't need too. It's completely fine to masturbate on your period. It might get messy, we've got some tips for that. Make sure you're using clean hands, and you can even do it in the shower so you don't have to worry about cleanup. Image Source: iStock
Masturbating Causes STDsWhile it is SUPER important that you wash your hands before you touch your vagina, you won't get an STD from masturbating. If you and your partner are masturbating together, then you are at risk of pregnancy or STDs or STIs. According to sti.health.gov, "herpes and genital warts can be passed through hand and genital contact with open sores or cuts." That just means you have to be suuuper careful if you and your bae are masturbating together. Make sure to get tested frequently for STDs and infections! Image Source: iStock
You Should Never Tell Your Partner You MasturbateApparently, people think that being "sexually active" without your partner is a bad thing, and if you masturbate on your own without your partner there, it's like you're saying they can't satisfy your needs sexually! Some people even believe it's the same as cheating. That's not true! It's totally acceptable to masturbate AND tell your partner about it. If they get mad at you for masturbating, tell them that it's your body and you can do what you like with it. Image Source: iStock
Something Is Wrong If You Don't MasturbateWe talk a lot about how good it is for you to masturbate, but if you are not into masturbating, that's totally okay. It doesn't mean there is something wrong with you. Masturbating is supposed to fun, and if you don't find it fun, don't do it! It's okay. I promise! Image Source: iStock
Masturbation Causes BlindnessThis is something I ACTUALLY believed for a while when I was little. I don't know how or why, but at some point in time, some parents started a rumor that masturbating would cause blindness. I can 100 percent assure you that it doesn't. In fact, it has some health benefits, like relieving headaches and reducing stress. Image Source: iStock
Girls Don't MasturbateI don't know why it's so socially acceptable for guys to masturbate and us girls need to pretend we are all ~pure~. I can assure you that girls masturbate, and they do it about as often as boys do. The idea that girls don't masturbate just comes from the idea that girls aren't allowed to be sexual, which is dumb. We are allowed to do what we want with our bodies!
People In Relationships Don't MasturbateJust because you have a bae that you have sex with on the regular doesn't mean that you can't please yourself sometimes. Just like how telling your partner you masturabte isn't bad, masturbating itself isn't bad, even if you're in a relationship. Image Source: iStock
Did you believe any of these masturbation myths? Tell us in the comments!