In the past (especially during Victorian times), the act of male masturbation was frowned upon. Conscientious citizens even invented so-called “anti-masturbation” devices that were anything but comfortable for the frustrated man or boy to wear. The act was thought of as sinful, dirty and the very proper term “uncouth”.
Thankfully, times have changed. We now live in an era that has allowed science to surpass superstition. Thus, we can shed a bit of light into this dark and even uncomfortable corner. If there were ever valid reasons to masturbate, the 21st century is indeed a great time to live.
All in your hand, or all in your head?
For centuries, it was thought that improper sexual arousal and the desire of a male to masturbate was the result of a poor upbringing, a lack of morals or even a mental condition.
However, do not all males (and females, for that matter) experience nocturnal arousal?
Modern theories have found that these dreams and responses actually occur during what is known as rapid-eye movement sleep (REM). This is the part of sleep where the body is completely paralysed so it will not physically act out a dream. So, why would the genitalia become aroused? How would this even be possible? These questions have led to the discovery that the impulses which cause masturbation are much deeper in the mind than we have ever thought possible.
Instinct in modern times
As a rule of thumb, the deeper parts of the brain are those which have existed for the longest; millions of years in many cases. So, it seems that male masturbation has been rooted into our very beings long before we were even walking upright. What purpose would this form of self gratification serve? Millions of years ago, should we not have been running away from the rather hungry predator as opposed to thinking about that particularly fit cave woman?
The answer to this is directly related to the health of the sperm. The longer they remain idle (stuck in the fish tank, as it were), the more chances they will have to develop abnormalities. In turn, these defects would then be passed on to future generations.
The biomedical scientist named Dr. Roy Levine states that regular masturbation will help the body to replenish newer sperm, which will allow for higher fertility rates during intercourse.
Indeed, research in 2009 showed that one daily orgasm for one week (either through masturbation or sex) improves the overall quality of sperm on the 8th day compared to the traditional approach of three days abstinence1.
Ensuring survival of our species
Our urge to masturbate is therefore an evolutionary mechanism – a case of nature protecting itself. Masturbating on a regular basis is perhaps nature’s original way to embrace the concept of “out with the old and in with the new”.
What is interesting is that our minds take much longer to evolve than our civilisation. So, it could be said that the more basic levels of our brain are still stuck in the need to masturbate to procreate the species. This is quite convenient for the male who hopes to justify a behaviour that he may consider a bit “selfish”.
But what if you can’t do it?
The most frustrating thing in the world is when you want to masturbate, but can’t physically do it.
I used to be in this very situation.. and thankfully I managed to fix myself. Sharing the experience is one of the main reasons why I set up this blog.
Hopefully, I can inspire you to take action. You can be much happier, healthier and stronger – when and where it counts, everytime! 🙂
- “http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090630075311.htm#sthash.ZkPkAxvS.dpuf” ↩