Is Masturbation Good For You?


Cristen and Caroline investigate the pros and cons of masturbation from a health and wellness perspective. Does it threaten relationships? What happens when masturbation provokes jealousy in relationships? Tune in to find out.

Episode sources:

"Can masturbation or using a sex toy desensitize the clitoris? And would my partner prefer her sex toy over me?" Go Ask Alice. Columbia. http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/3757.html

"Compulsion Masturbation and Porn" by Robert Weiss. Psych Central. http://blogs.psychcentral.com/sex/2011/04/compulsive-masturbation-and-porn/

"Does frequent masturbation affect male fertility?" by Erik P. Castle. Mayo Clinic. Oct. 13, 2011. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/male-masturbation/AN01189

"Is masturbation healthy?" Go Ask Alice. Columbia University. Reviewed May 08, 2014. http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/0539.html

"Is Solo Sex Hurting Your Relationship?" by Leanna Skarnulis. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/men/features/is-solo-sex-hurting-your-relationship

"Male Masturbation: 5 Things You Didn't Know" by R. Morgan Griffin. WebMD. http://men.webmd.com/features/masturbation-5-things-you-didnt-know

"Masturbating stats: Are there gender differences and why?" Go Ask Alice. Columbia University. Reviewed July 03, 2009. http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1568.html

"Masturbation -- too much of a good thing?" Go Ask Alice. Columbia University. Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011. http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/0020.html

"One reason why humans are special and unique: We masturbate. A lot" by Jesse Bering. Scientific American. June 22, 2010. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/bering-in-mind/2010/06/22/one-reason-why-humans-are-special-and-unique-we-masturbate-a-lot/

"The case for shameful fantasies" by Tracy Clark-Flory. Salon. May 17, 2011. http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/05/17/masturbation

"The Results Are In: First National Study of Teen Masturbation" by Bonnie Rochman. TIME. Aug. 11, 2011. http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/11/boys-masturbate-more-than-girls-seriously/

"Why Intercourse Beats Masturbation" by William Saletan. Slate. Jan. 27, 2006. http://www.slate.com/id/2134651/

Academic insights:

"Talking Masturbation: Men, Women, and Sexuality through Playful Discourse" by Geoffrey Evans-Grimm. Illinois Wesleyan University Digital Commons. 2011. http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1038&context=socanth_honproj&sei-redir=1#search=%22women%20masturbation%20site%3A.edu%22

Topics in this Podcast: relationships, sexual health, masturbation