Common myths about masturbation

     Nothing is true.

These types of myths have been debunked many times; but they seem to have a life of their own and crop up again and again. In fact, if all of the threatened ill effects were true, there would be a lot of blind, insane, infertile people with hairy palms and acne. Masturbation has long been condemned on moral grounds for decades. We cannot talk about spiritual or metaphysical effects. However, we can say that masturbation has been thoroughly researched and no connection to the physiological effects has been proven.

     Masturbation does not cause any damage to the penis like shrinking, curving, changing of shape. This is just one of many misconceptions about the link between masturbation and penis size. There is no scientific evidence that masturbation has any permanent effect on penis   size.  It’s normal for a penis to curve in some direction.

However, aggressive masturbation can reduce the sensitiveness of the penis. An example of aggressive masturbation is grabbing the penis very hard while masturbating.


Masturbation can lead to an erection that increases the size of the penis, but it is temporary. After ejaculation the penis returns to normal size.

It’s not clear where this misconception came from. Some believe that it stems from the idea that doing Kegel exercises, as well as other penile muscle and tissue manipulations like masturbation, helps with bladder and sexual health, which can increase muscle strength. This may have led to the notion that stronger muscle equals bigger size — which is false.


Masturbation does not cause any change in the ability of the sperm to fertilize the egg or decrease the sperm count.


A man’s testicles tend to produce semen after 24 hours of puberty till his reproductive hormones are healthy. Semen is produced at a slow rate and, it can take up to 48 hours for a satisfactory ejaculation. Frequent masturbation when reporting a test can affect the quality of sperm. It is therefore often advised that men should abstain from masturbation or sexual intercourse when submitting semen samples for testing the fertility capacity.

     Masturbation per se will not cause mental health problems. It will not make the individual a pervert. It may cause only guilt. Too many guilt thoughts about masturbation harm emotionally and psychologically. People have been told that it’s unnatural and perverse. This can make them think that doing it is guilt. If one’s religion considers masturbation as an unlawful act / offense, it is up to the individual to analyze and find whether it is normal or abnormal. Sexologists have agreed that masturbation is normal, healthy and it does not cause any sort of physical or mental health problems.

     Masturbation will not make you blind.

Sexology researches proved that there is no link between masturbation and blindness.  Masturbation is one of the most common sexual topics that people are interested in. Masturbation has historically been considered an immoral act that encompasses everything from blindness to hairy palms to insanity. These warnings about the dire personal and moral consequences of self-stimulation persist even today.

    No, it is a myth that masturbation causes pimples. It is hormonal changes that actually make the skin produce more oil thereby leading to acne. This phenomenon can be observed when a person attains puberty.

  No. Not under any circumstances. These claims about masturbation are not backed up by science. There are no follicles on the palms of the hands and, therefore, no hair.

An extremely rare genetic disorder may cause hair growth on your palms. However, it’s so uncommon that’s only been documented a handful of times in history.

     Some people may feel embarrassed, guilty or ashamed when talking about masturbation. But masturbation is normal, healthy and not something to feel guilty about. Anything within limit is always best.


     Dr. Vijayakumar did his MBBS in Kilpauk Medical College and later went on to Madras Medical College for his Master courses in Clinical Pathology. He underwent masters in Psychology and Yoga. Underwent Fellowship training in Andrology and Clinical Embryology by Prof Ariff Bongso. Did his PhD in Hormones, Yoga and Sexual problems. He has been trained by the Council of Sex Education & Parenthood International (India). He was the first medical professional to start an exclusive clinic for the management of sexual problems in Salem,Tamil Nadu in the year 1988. He has put up more than thirty years experience. He has offered professional help to thousands of persons especially newly married. Besides treating sexual dysfunctions, he is also an expert in treating pre-marital counselling.

Trekking and offroad jeeping are his other passions.