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.

"Compulsion Masturbation and Porn" by Robert Weiss. Psych Central.

"Does frequent masturbation affect male fertility?" by Erik P. Castle. Mayo Clinic. Oct. 13, 2011.

"Is masturbation healthy?" Go Ask Alice. Columbia University. Reviewed May 08, 2014.

"Is Solo Sex Hurting Your Relationship?" by Leanna Skarnulis. WebMD.

"Male Masturbation: 5 Things You Didn't Know" by R. Morgan Griffin. WebMD.

"Masturbating stats: Are there gender differences and why?" Go Ask Alice. Columbia University. Reviewed July 03, 2009.

"Masturbation -- too much of a good thing?" Go Ask Alice. Columbia University. Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011.

"One reason why humans are special and unique: We masturbate. A lot" by Jesse Bering. Scientific American. June 22, 2010.

"The case for shameful fantasies" by Tracy Clark-Flory. Salon. May 17, 2011.

"The Results Are In: First National Study of Teen Masturbation" by Bonnie Rochman. TIME. Aug. 11, 2011.

"Why Intercourse Beats Masturbation" by William Saletan. Slate. Jan. 27, 2006.

Academic insights:

"Talking Masturbation: Men, Women, and Sexuality through Playful Discourse" by Geoffrey Evans-Grimm. Illinois Wesleyan University Digital Commons. 2011.