18 Strange And Interesting Facts About Masturbation That No One Wants To Talk About
Masturbation has always been a controversial topic. Over the centuries, the subject has provoked a number of unfounded (and often ridiculous) myths and old wives’ tales, from causing insanity and blindness to the loss of genitals. Thankfully, the times have changed and we now live in an age where an entire month is dedicated to appreciating and spreading awareness about masturbation! To commemorate International Masturbation Month, coming in May, we bring you 18 surprising and less-known facts about masturbation. By the time you’re done with this list, you’ll be armed with an assortment of facts that you can use to weird out (and educate) your loved ones.
Warning: NSFW content and images.
1. By age 17, about 80% of males have masturbated, as opposed to 58% females. According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behaviour, those who engage in regular masturbation are more likely to have sex and use condoms.
Both male and female adolescents were surveyed by the NSSHB (with parental permission) on the frequency of their masturbation over the prior three months, over the past year and over the course of their lifetime. Masturbation with a sexual partner and condom use was also noted. In addition to the general statistics, the more an adolescent engaged in masturbation, the greater the odds were of getting into sexual relations with a partner, compared to those adolescents who did not masturbate. In boys, it pointed to a higher likelihood of engaging in oral sex and normal intercourse, while for girls it was linked to higher odds for all forms of intercourse, along with partnered masturbation.(source)
2. Every year, up to 1000 people die while trying to strangle themselves during masturbation – an act known as Autoerotic Asphyxiation.
When the brain’s supply of oxygen is cut off temporarily (asphyxia), you experience a euphoric high in the seconds before consciousness is lost. Autoerotic asphyxiators chase this high in order to take their sexual experience to the next level of thrill, often strangling themselves with cords, ropes, scarves, and ties. Sometimes, they may even resort to sealing their heads in plastic bags. Due to the taboo nature of this sexual variance, medical professionals, and psychologists refrain from addressing the issue to avoid giving young and potentially clueless people dangerous ideas. Sexual asphyxiation comes with many dangers like cardiac arrest and coma, and doctors opine that as such, it should only be left to fantasy play.(source)
3. Some countries, like the U.K., encourage their teenage population to masturbate.
In 2009, along with other European nations, the United Kingdom made a pro-masturbation move to detract teenagers from engaging in risky sexual behaviour that could end in STDs or unwanted pregnancies. Pamphlets containing pertinent information about masturbation were distributed to parents, teenagers and youth workers.(source)
4. Animals like deer, monkeys, walruses and squirrels have been documented masturbating. Scientists have also observed that female apes used sticks for added pleasure.
The evolutionary benefits of masturbation in animals have been long debated by scientists over the decades. Studies show that many animals engage in masturbatory activities like rubbing their genitals against objects or performing self-fellatio. Studies show that porcupines prefer sex toys, and moose get off by rubbing their antlers on trees. A 2010 paper published in the journal PLoS ONE, Jane M. Waterman of the University of Central Florida found that male squirrels masturbated to ejaculation and consumed the ejaculate.(source)
5. If you masturbate too hard, you can fracture your own *ahem* ding-dong.
Yep. Before you tug at it too hard, keep this one in mind. Although there are no bones in there, the cracking sounds, excruciating pain, and swelling/bruising are identical to the fractures that occur in bones. Striking a partner’s pubic bone during sexual intercourse, rolling over at night with an erection and unusual (or extreme) forms of masturbation can lead to fractures. Unless treated immediately, the likelihood of gaining an erection after enduring a fracture is very low.(source)
6. The inventor of cornflakes, Dr. John Kellogg, published books on anti-masturbation, believed that red meat increased sexual desire and advocated the consumption of Kellogg’s cornflakes to prevent masturbation.
What’s worse? This anti-masturbation campaigner prescribed ridiculous and sadistic methods to help keep his patients away from masturbation, namely: 1) By eating Kellogg’s cornflakes. 2) By sewing the foreskins of young boys with silver wire. 3) By proposing to burn women’s clitorises with carbolic acid. Did we mention that he also pumped several of his patients’ anuses with yogurt using his enema machine?(source)