Masturbation and premature ejaculation: are they connected?

June 7, 2012

Can masturbation actually be a cause of premature ejaculation? Studies have shown that masturbation can have a negative impact if abused, yet on the other hand, have a positive effect. Here we will look at some of the more specific details on male and female masturbation.

Has it always been taboo?

Masturbation is one of the most popular taboos amongst modern day cultures; the term is derived from the Latin words ‘manus strupare’, which in effect signifies touching oneself with your hands.

If we consider that this term implies some type of shameful and disgraceful action, then the word immediately becomes something terrible.

‘Manus strupare’ can also be placed into the same group as terms such as Onanism, which is strongly linked to masturbation. This term originates from the biblical character Onan, the son of Judah, who after the sad death of his Brother was forced into sexual relations with his widow.

Considering the situation, the last thing that Onan wanted was for his Brother’s widow to become pregnant by him, and so he would ejaculate outside of her vagina. However, the situation was soon unveiled and Onan was consequently punished by Yahvé, for disobeying the Leverite laws and wasting his ‘precious seeds of life’.

Within this story, we observe the first uses of contraceptive methods, such as coitus interruptus (interruption during sex). A famous French historian, Philippe Ariès, once stated that “despite the wide variety of potions, condoms, coils and sexual devices, only the coitus interruptus method, as used by Onan, has been the most widely used.”

Is masturbation normal for teenagers?

Masturbation is a response to a sudden desire; a need to explore your body and find satisfaction in the stimulation of your more intimate areas. It’s not something that happens solely through puberty; in fact, we’ve also witnessed similar behaviour amongst young children.

There are some that believe it shouldn’t happen, especially concerning children so young. However, research has shown that there can be negative consequences.

In the past, masturbation was considered a forbidden act; boys would find themselves strapped up with ropes or chains, their hands scorched with burning stone and torture devices attached to their penis. Women were also subjected to harsh punishment, and in most cases would have their clitoris removed so as to avoid any stimulation.

Is it true that masturbation can spur on premature ejaculation?

Although there is not definitive connection between the two, some researchers believe that premature ejaculation is indeed caused by masturbating. In effect, by masturbating wantonly with no technique, men are actually damaging their chances of combatting the condition.

Studies have shown that there are two types of way that men masturbate: the first one is to masturbate continuously until ejaculation, often quite fast. The second prolongs the pleasure of masturbation by stopping stimulation just before climax is reached. This stop-start techniques delays orgasm for a time. Men who fall into the group of masturbating continuously and quickly often are diagnosed with premature ejaculation.

Is there anything to suggest there are problems with the female orgasm?

Although there is no strong relation between premature ejaculation and the female orgasm, research has furthermore shown that many women have never masturbated or touched themselves. They themselves are also clueless as to how their bodies and sexual stimulation function.

Masturbation amongst women has always been supressed and censored, much more so than male masturbation. Many women have only actually experienced masturbation after marriage, in the confines of the marital bedroom. Common methods of female masturbation include rubbing the clitoris and the sensitive area around it, inserting fingers into the vagina, using sex toys such as dildos and also exploring the body with water in the shower or bath.

Has masturbation always been considered a sin?

In the Holy Bible, there is no indication that masturbation is a prohibited, except for in the case of Onan and his sexual crimes. The main views of the Jewish faith say that life, existence and growth are key priorities and are important in keeping their religion alive. Therefore, any sexual act that was not sexual intercourse was punishable. At the beginning of the XVIII (18th) Century, an English monk published a paper that spoke out against masturbation and labelled it an ‘Onanism’, after the sexual crimes of Onan.

The idea that was contained in this word expressed that masturbation was an unnatural act and a sin. Until 1758, this ideal was embedded into every generation, and was eventually accepted also as a sin by contemporary Doctors of the time.

A Swiss doctor by the name of Tissot became the forefront preacher against masturbation, considering it the most sinister and lethal of all sexual activities.

The people of the time were diagnosed with a long list of ‘side effects’ that could come from masturbation, the likes of which include: exhaustion, nervous dispositions, schizophrenia, physical ailments and other psychological problems. It was also accepted knowledge that anybody who masturbated was liable to receive divine punishment, a one-way ticket to Hell and any one (or all!) of the following penalties: depression, chronic nervousness, blindness, impotence, complete sterility, heart failure, loss of appetite, weight loss, tuberculosis, baldness, freckles, acnes, hairy hands, suicidal tendencies, warts, shrivelled up testicles, brain damage, your clitoris will fall off…. The list goes on! Other wondrous assumptions of the times stated that people who masturbated would become rapists, whores, drug addicts, alcoholics, vagabonds and serial sinners.

Is it true that some masturbation techniques are used as treatments? Could this be considered ‘Onanism’?

Some papers discuss the possibility of using masturbation as a mechanism to control premature ejaculation, with methods such as the stop-start technique proving useful. The first step is that the patient understands how these techniques can assist them in understanding how their body works, the feelings associated with ejaculation and how to better prepare themselves for their next sexual experience.

For some women, masturbation can actually be the only way to reach orgasm. Unfortunately, towards the end of the XIX (19th) Century, compulsive or frequent masturbators were seen to have serious mental problems.

Between 1911 and 1912, a psychoanalytical society held a seminar in Vienna, where people such as Freud talked about masturbation being a therapeutic return to ‘Onanism’. This consideration helped to affirm that masturbation could be used as a tool for those who could not reach orgasm through penetration and that, because of this, masturbation should not be oppressed.

Are there some irrational causes for masturbation?

It is likely that masturbation can have a non-erotic purpose; it can be a release for people who are experiencing depression, stress or confusion, and becomes a way of instilling calm within themselves. Masturbation can happen habitually, impulsively, in tense situations or in calm situations, regardless of the time and place. Although it cannot serve as a way to solve the problem, masturbation can certainly serve as a release that can make somebody feel much more at ease. For example, people who masturbate whilst at school often do not have a problem with masturbation itself, but are looking for a way to forget about their problems. Masturbation can also serve to mask other mental problems, social problems and phobias.

It can be a way of escaping the real world, or it can be a hindrance. Somebody who feels the need to masturbate whilst other people are present could harbour feelings of excitement that only occur in public situations. This is the situation that most exhibitionists and people with voyeuristic tendencies find themselves in. This is a mental aspect that requires further study.

Can older people still masturbate?

The answer is yes, you can masturbate until the day you die! It is an intimate, private act that is unrelated to the rest of society. It can be enjoyed at your own leisure for as long as you like.

Can me and my partner masturbate together?

Yes, this is common practice! Many couples choose to masturbate together; playing erotic games together can be fun! You need not even think of it as masturbation, it is purely sexual indulgence. You can do it together, separately, facing each other or even during intercourse.

Not every man masturbates the same way, and there are many ways in which the penis can be stimulated: grabbing it firmly, or weakly, whilst rubbing, forming a ring with your fingers, rubbing against a pillow or the mattress are just some ways. Different types of masturbation, anal stimulation and pornography can be linked with some premature ejaculation problems whilst others help to control it.

There are also different types of female masturbation, including stroking the thighs, stimulating the clitoris and vagina and rubbing against the bed or hand. The subject of using fingers and toys within the vagina differs betweeen women.

Is masturbation still taboo? Are we encouraged to do it? Modern studies

Modern studies in scientific sexology do not affirm that we will all masturbate at some point in our lives. Whilst some people do not masturbate because they do not feel the need to, other religious views still play a big part in the masturbation game. What everybody needs to realise is that masturbation is not a sin, nor a punishable act or anything else. In fact, masturbation has been promoted by some gay activists as a way of halting the spread of AIDS.

This created a huge stir amongst conservative and puritan sections. At the end of the day, masturbation is something that we can all learn to enjoy, tolerate and utilise in a constructive and mature way.

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