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Go On And Play With Yourself, FOlks, 'Cause It Has Some Awesomely Positive Side Effects

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Masturbation is something that we've all been doing since, I don't know, 12 years old or so. And while it's completely normal—and healthy—to fantasize about something and play with yourself, one needs to be aware of the possible side effects.

Like most everything in life, yes, masturbating can lead to great things—like, you know, that feeling you get when doing it. So here's what Medical Daily wants us to know when it comes to choking the monkey or double-clicking the mouse.

According to professionals in the medical field, here are some possible positive side effects to masturbating, per Medical Daily and research from Men's Health.

Stress And Pain Relief

  • “In both men and women it [masturbation] provides release of stress, a time to commune with oneself (taking stock of one’s emotional state and needs), and for some even the possibility of greater self-awareness or insight,” Dr. Jordan Tishler, of inhaleMD.com, a Harvard physician who focuses on human sexuality, told Medical Daily in a recent email.

Disease Prevention

  • According to Sandra LaMoregese PhD—author of Switch: Time for a Change—masturbation could help to prevent prostate cancer by allowing men to safely get rid of toxins that naturally build up in their urogenital tract. “Men who ejaculate over five times per week decrease these toxin levels, and thereby possibly lower their risk of prostate cancer by a third,” wrote LaMoregese.

It Helps You Last Longer

  • It's true, if you masturbate before a date, it'll make you last longer if you get lucky later on in the evening. All it takes is some training, according to Ava Cadell, PhD, and founder of loveologyuniversity.com, who suggests training yourself by timing how long it takes you to orgasm.

It Keeps your Immune System Strong

  • Since ejaculation increases the level of hormone cortisol—which is often associated with stress—the amount of cortisol can help keep your immune system strong in small doses. That's according to Jennifer Landa, M.D., a specialist in hormone therapy, who says, “Masturbation can produce the right environment for a strengthened immune system."

Now, unfortunately, while these are just a few of the positive side effects that masturbation can lead to, there are negative ones, too. The most alarming is becoming addicted to it, as those who become reliant on it can become anxious and, worse, do harm to themselves when their mind feeds off of the chemistry of an orgasm.

Tugging on yourself every once in a while isn't terrible, but don't turn it into a three-times-a-day hobby.

H/T Medical Daily