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A 23-year-old male asked:

What are the harms of masturbating for men? any damages to eyes? eyesights, change eye prescription or etc?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Really none: The issue of masturbation and changes in bodily function or mental problems is what is termed an "old wives tale". It probably started from observing that mentally disturbed persons will frequently masturbate, but that is an effect and not the cause. Hopefully you will soon acquire a partner and then not have to worry about this.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Self sex is a common practice across genders at any age.It is seldom discussed openly and suffers many cultural taboos about supposed bad effects. These are all myths designed to force cultural restrictions.Given that there is no risk of STD's it has less risk to the body than partner sex. Studies see the emergence as the body awakens in puberty and some decline when partner sex is available.

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Last updated May 31, 2017

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