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i have read that masturbation has a negative influence on our brains, being able to even damage them. would you tell me whether that is a true or not?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Myth: In many cultures you will find a variety of myths that espose a list of horrible events that will affect anyone who masterbates.This is more an attempt to shame people than reflect real information.Self sex is a normal part of human sexuality.It is known to peak in the early sexual years but may persist through a lifetime.Preoccupation to the point of disengaging in life is possible, but rare.

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