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self-stimulation of the genitals for sexual pleasure.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Self-stimulation of the genitals for erotic pleasure, often resulting in orgasm.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Sexuoerotic stimulation of one’s own—or another’s—external genitalia, by manual contact or means other than sexual intercourse
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


Automanipulation, digital autoeroticism, secret vice Sexology Sexuoerotic stimulation of one's own–or another's–external genitalia,
by manual contact or means other than sexual intercourse. See Coitus. Cf Social vice.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


Self-stimulation of the genitals for erotic pleasure, often resulting in orgasm.
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Self-stimulation of the genitals, with sexual fantasizing, in order to reach orgasm. Repetitive movement of the skin of the penis or gentle massage of the clitoris is the usual method. Over 90% of males and 75% of females are believed to masturbate at one time or another. Kinsey found that the frequency varied from three or four times a week in adolescence to once or twice a week in adult life. Urologists have long been aware that male masturbation can be beneficial but have refrained from mentioning it. Recent research has, however, brought the matter out into the open by showing that frequent male masturbation between the ages of about 20 and 50 substantially reduces the risk of prostate cancer. An equal frequency of orgasm by sexual intercourse does not, apparently, provide the same advantage.
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Patient discussion about masturbation

Q. what is the impact of masturbation? because I diden't find my girl?

A. the only physical impact i know is an addiction that can occur when doing it way too much. doing it releases chemicals in our brain in the pleasure areas. you can easily get addicted to it.

Q. Masturbation - How serious is it? One of my friend who is 32 years old caught into the habit of masturbation for the past 3 years. He is seeking for help to overcome it. Now i want to know to help him and also like to know for myself about the GOOD and BAD results of masturbation.

A. Masturbation is something that a large percentage of the worlds population does at one point or another. It is normal, a normal part of life as you begin to explore your body.

As long as you do it safely and within the confines of your own home you will be fine. Just make sure to not let it rule your life. For example, dont stay home from work just because you want to masturbate. Make sure you keep your priorities in order.

Q. Im a 29 yr old male that has pain after masturbation seems like the longer i go without the better I feel? Should I not masturbate at all? I have had 2 urethral scricture surguries and my doctor he seen no reason for the pain. I feel less of a man because I want to have a healthy sexual relationship with my partner. Should I quit for a long period of time like 6 months and see if the condition will go away? Do you think I may have imflamation or cause damage to urethra from masturbation? Thanks for your time

A. Hi! My guess would be that the pain you are feeling is being caused by scar tissue that has built up from the surgeries that you've had and when you ejaculate that tissue is being forced to stretch in order to allow the ejaculate to pass through the urethra.My ex Husband had something similar after his vascectomy.

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"Masturbation is one of the safest, healthiest activities a young person can do in the privacy of their own bedroom and yet we continue to shame it and avoid discussion of it when it has the power to potentially prevent cases of sexual trauma and STDs."
In the episode, his character Louie commented on an apparent habit of chronic masturbation. He is joined by a female character who roundly denounced the act by citing religion.
However, Haynes argues that it was evangelical women, not male doctors, who made masturbation a prominent social issue in the United States, and that these women initially saw the female sex as being as susceptible to self-abuse as the male sex.
In addition, no relation was seen between sex and the masturbation score (P=0.88 in the male infants <24 months old and P=0.47 and in the male children >24 manths old).
I remember the first day I applied the therapeutic masturbation to my son.
He recalled the priests' stern condemnations of masturbation (by young teens with raging hormones, who had no available outlet in marriage).
In another passage Foucault captures the distaste for masturbation in Western culture and the association of the practice with pathological aberrations necessitating control and cure:"First there was medicine, via the "nervous disorders"; next psychiatry, when it set out to discover the etiology of mental illness, focusing its gaze first on "excess", then onanism, then frustration, then 'frauds against procreation,' but especially when it annexed the whole of the sexual perversions as its own provinces; criminal justice, too, which had long been concerned with sexuality, particularly in the forms of "heinous" crimes and crimes against nature" (30).
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Sex and Saudi Female Attitudes to Masturbation In an anonymous survey, 10 single female Saudis wrote down what they thought about female masturbation.
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