Masterbation makes you blind
Masturbating Causing Blindness: Debunking the Myth
No, masturbating doesn’t cause blindness. Let’s debunk this myth and highlight some other common misconceptions about masturbation.
Masturbation is often a natural part of a healthy sex life for single people and couples alike. But there are lots of masturbation myths out there that might try to convince you that masturbation is unhealthy or dangerous.
For decades — and maybe longer — these misconceptions and urban legends have perpetuated stigma, shame, and fear around a common practice of self-pleasure.
For example, some people might believe that masturbating “too often” can negatively affect the eyes. But can you actually experience vision loss or blindness from masturbating?
Losing your vision or going blind isn’t a common side effect of masturbation.
“This unfortunate myth about masturbation — causing blindness, acne, or other health hazards — is quite untrue,” says certified sex therapist and resident sexologist for Adam & Eve Jenni Skyler, PhD, LMFT. She explains that this is an “old myth made to control the masses with a fear that sexual arousal would cause out-of-control behaviors and the collapse of society.”
Masturbation can cause damage to the eyes in very extreme cases, such as an instance reported in this 2014 study.
“On a rare occasion, vigorous activity of any kind — including masturbation — can increase blood flow and heart rate and pop a blood vessel (to include in the eye),” Skyler explains. However, eye injury from masturbation is extremely rare and requires excessive force.
So, if you’re regularly masturbating with moderate force and vigor, it’s unlikely that your self-pleasure could lead to a popped blood vessel or loss of eyesight.
Going blind from masturbating is just one of many masturbation misconceptions. Some other common myths surrounding masturbation include:
- masturbation is bad for you
- masturbation causes health hazards
- masturbation should never be done with a partner
- masturbating with a vibrator will damage your genitals
- masturbation will ruin your marriage
- masturbation is considered a form of cheating
- there are no health benefits to masturbation
Where do these false beliefs come from? According to Skyler, they’re typically perpetrated by:
- older media messages about sex and sexuality
- religious messages that claim masturbation is dangerous
- cultural messages or family beliefs that stigmatize self-pleasure and sexual expression in general
- ineffective or rigid sex education programs that promote sex negativity
Despite these claims that masturbation is unhealthy or harmful, the truth is that the side effects of masturbation are generally positive.
Masturbation and self-pleasure can offer a rich opportunity to build an intimate relationship with yourself and your body, Skyler says.
With masturbation, you can explore and experiment with:
- your erogenous zones
- desire and arousal
- how your orgasms work
- your imagination and fantasies
Skyler argues that masturbation may be essential to sexual health and wellness. “If we don’t know about our own pleasure spots, how are we going to be able to tell a partner where to find them?”
Self-pleasure can also be great for your overall sexual health. You can experience the benefits of sex with a minimal chance of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or becoming pregnant.
“If a person masturbates multiple times a day, it can make the body feel fatigued and tired,” she adds. “[But] the most common side effect of masturbation is a deep sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.”
Masturbating is perfectly healthy and natural. Self-pleasure won’t cause you to go blind — unless you do it so intensely, you pop a blood vessel in your eye, which is extremely rare and unlikely.
But if you were taught growing up that masturbation is wrong or dangerous, you might experience feelings of guilt and shame when you masturbate, Skyler says.
In rare cases, you could also experience self-pleasure patterns that are difficult to control, such as the urge to masturbate at work or in public places.
When you’re conditioned to see masturbation as unhealthy, your body may “shut down” in response to self-pleasure, as well as desire and arousal, Skyler adds.
If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
Skyler recommends permitting yourself to craft a new narrative embracing masturbation as healthy, enjoyable, important, and welcome.
Seeking support from a sex therapist or mental health professional can also help you unlearn sex-negative messages — including these myths — and reframe your beliefs around pleasure.
“Don’t forget: Self-pleasure is our birthright,” adds Skyler. Once you examine these unhelpful beliefs, you can start to feel good and enjoy all of the wonderful benefits that masturbation offers.
Can Masturbation Make You Go Blind? And Other Ridiculous Questions
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The answer to this question – NO, masturbation will not make you go blind. Unless maybe if you get copious amounts of jizz in your eye, many times. JK, Maybe not even then.
As ridiculous as this question sounds, it points to the plethora of myths surrounding masturbation. Myths exist to create fear and taboo. Want to demonize something? Surround it with myths, add some stigma and stir! However, beware that if it’s done excessively, masturbation might indeed create problems for you. Read more on MrMindBlowing.com. The idea of pleasure scares the powers that be in a patriarchy, and the idea of self-pleasure, of women of female identifying bodies experiencing that, on their own – oh! there is nothing deadlier than this. * insert exploding sounds*
Truth is there is nothing more empowering that realizing the potential of your own pleasure. Your pleasure is in your hands (pun intended) and when you take the time to explore your own body – what you like, what you don’t like, where your boundaries are – you will be a better position to communicate those to your partner(s). And good communication means good sex, so hey! Everyone wins.
So let’s get the bottom of these masturbation myths shall we?Myth 1: Only sad people who ‘can’t get some’ with a partner, masturbate.
First of, it is impossible to ‘be sad’ while masturbating. Secondly, this myth propagates the problematic view that people in relationships do not masturbate.
Masturbation is good for you. It helps discover volumes about yourself and not just with regards to your sex life.
Truth: Everyone deserves pleasure and exploring your own body can be really good for your sexual relationships with others.
Masturbation is good for you. When you take the time to explore your own body, at your pace, you can discover volumes about yourself and not just with regards to your sex life. Sex with a partner can often performative, especially for women and female identifying bodies. Instead of being present in the moment and enjoying the journey we are on, we can become distracted by how our bodies look while having sex, if we are making the right sounds, or faces, if our hair is falling over our shoulders the right way. This distraction can stand in the way of us following our bodies call to pleasure, especially if we don’t know what makes us feel good. When you take the time to practice some solo-self-love, you can let go more easily and the insights you gain will be good for your sexual relationships with partners.Myth 2: Masturbation/Vibrators can ruin sex for women.
Does eating lunch ruin eating dinner? If you can eat different things on the same day and still like eating, why can’t you enjoy both masturbation and sex?
Truth: Masturbation/vibrators help women have better sex.
Women who masturbate are more likely to be comfortable with their bodies. Women who masturbate are more confident in bed because they know what they like and are also more likely to be open to communicate this to their partner. Basically, female masturbation can only ruin sex for men who don’t want their female partners to feel pleasure. And girl, trust me, you are better off without these kinds of men. Also, vibrators are aides that allow women to feel pleasure in different ways or faster. They are not a threat to sex, they could very easily be incorporated into partnered sex and add to the pleasure. Also, masturbating together with a partner can be very sexy.Myth 3: Masturbation can damage your genitals.
Not unless you masturbate with a sledgehammer.
Truth: Masturbation is safe for your genitals.
Some touch themselves every day, some a few times a week and some never. All of these are normal. Masturbation does not cause any physical, emotional or psychological damage to your body. In fact, it is good for you. Masturbation can become ‘ too much’ if it gets in the way of your daily life responsibilities, job or social life. In this case, you can get help from a therapist and treat it like any other addiction.
Also read: Female Masturbation: Politics and PleasureMyth 4: Masturbation causes hair growth, infertility, acne, mental health issues, *insert your own scare*. In short, masturbation is BAD for you.
Myths around masturbation are propagated as a result of ignorance, lack of information and fear around human sexuality and pleasure. Masturbation is not bad for you.
Masturbation relieves stress, helps you sleep better, promotes a healthy self-image, reduces cramps, strengthens your pelvic floor and even helps lubricate your joints!
Truth: Masturbation is healthy and is associated with various physical, emotional, and psychological benefits.
Taking the time to pleasure yourself has many many health benefits. Masturbation relieves stress, helps you sleep better, promotes a healthy self-image, reduces cramps, strengthens your pelvic floor and even helps lubricate your joints! Masturbation is self-care. Those of us who grapple with trauma around sex and intimacy can use masturbation as a way to heal our relationship to pleasure and develop different ways of being in our body.
Also read: Flying Solo: 5 Female Masturbation Techniques Worth Exploring
Basically solo-sex, flicking the bean, masturbation, erotic self-love whatever you call it, is good for your emotional, physical, psychological, sexual health and for your relationships, especially the one with yourself. The myths listed here are just four out of the countless myths that stigmatize pleasure, after all they have developed over centuries of patriarchy. So next time you come up against one just take a step back and ask yourself who you are hurting by giving yourself a few minutes/hours of self-care? The answer is nobody. Because everybody deserves care and touch and pleasure and there is nothing more empowering than giving that to yourself.
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Masturbation can make you blind
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