It’s May! That means it’s National Masturbation Month! All month long I will dedicate my blog posts to self-love and pleasure. To kick off the month, check out these 5 interesting facts about masturbation!
1. Masturbation Got a Surgeon General Fired!
Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders was fired by President Bill Clinton in 1994 for suggesting that masturbation be included in school-based sex ed curriculums in order to discourage risky sexual activity among young people. [Source]
2. Masturbation is Pretty darn Common
Maybe Surgeon General Edwards was on to something. According to a national survey of adolescents, by age 17, 80% of males and 58% of reported engaging in masturbation. Nationally, 94% of men and 85% of women age 14-94 admire to masturbating. [Source] [Source]
3. Graham Crackers and Corn Flakes Were “Cures” For Masturbation
Graham crackers and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were invented to prevent masturbation. Religious figure Sylvester Graham and Physician John H. Kellogg believed that “flavorful, fatty, and meaty dishes” contributed to intense sexual desires and induced “self-harm”—a.k.a masturbation. In order to combat these “primitive urges”, Graham and Kellogg promoted diets of bland, flavorless foods. By the way, Graham’s original crackers were not sweetened with sugar. [Source]
4. Masturbation may help keep cancer at bay.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Harvard, frequent ejaculation appeared to protect against prostate cancer. The scientists found that men who ejaculated 21 or more times a month had a 33% lower risk of prostate cancer when compared to men who ejaculated only four to seven times a month throughout their lifetimes. [Source]
5. Masturbation Can Help Keep the Vagina Infection Free!
5. Masturbation is beneficial for women too! Masturbation may help ward off cervical infections and urinary tract infections through the process of vaginal “tenting”. Simply put, tenting is the expansion and elongation of the vagina during sexual arousal. Scientist believe tenting stretches the cervix and cervical fluid, which enables fluid circulation, allowing the bacteria-laden fluids to be flushed out. [Source]