Experts from Queensland Health want to break the taboo and hush-hush culture around self-pleasure and have decided to use their social media accounts for this purpose.

In a Facebook post, the institute decided to give some advice to their followers about how masturbation can be useful for one’s health. Loaded with multi-coloured infographics, the post began with a pun-based statement saying, “Give yourself a hand”.

The study’s lead author, Prof Juliet Richters, said the sex differences in masturbation prevalence and frequency were consistent across many studies.

The research found masturbation was relatively uncommon among younger women, a “disappointing” finding “as it is generally agreed to have benefits for women in learning about their own bodies and negotiating more rewarding sexual practice with partners.”


The whole Judeo Christian obsession with sex and masturbation is both crazy and unhealthy.

This teaching and thinking has disturbed the sanity and peace of mind for many, many millions of people down the ages.

Sexual arousal and sexual relief are absolutely normal and indeed are a vital part of how our human bodies work.


Gloria Brame, Ph.D., a clinical sexologist, believes masturbation should become a regular part of your personal care routine, kind of like brushing your teeth. “Masturbation is part of a healthy sex life,” Brame says. “It’s totally safe and harmless.”

1) It can help lower your prostate cancer risk.

A 2004 study found that men who ejaculated more than 21 times a month reduced their risk of prostate cancer by roughly 33 percent, compared to guys who only did the deed four to seven times a month. In 2016, researchers followed up with that same group of guys from 2004 and found that those who ejaculated 8 to 12 times per month reduced their prostate cancer risk by 10 percent.

2) It makes you harder.

As you age, you naturally lose muscle tone—yup, even down there. Regular sex or masturbation works out your pelvic floor muscles to prevent erectile dysfunction and incontinence.

3) It helps you last longer during sex.

Sometimes, guys don’t last long in bed simply because they haven’t had enough practice, either with a partner or solo. Regularly taking yourself to palm prom may help extend your sack sessions. “[Masturbating] an hour before a date will give you more control,” said Brame.

4) It boosts immunity.

Ejaculation increases levels of the hormone cortisol, according to Jennifer Landa, M.D., a specialist in hormone therapy. Cortisol, which usually gets a bad rap as a havoc-wrecking stress hormone, actually helps regulate and maintain your immune system in small doses.

“Masturbation can produce the right environment for a strengthened immune system,” she said.

Plus, a very small study from 2004 showed that guys had more white blood cells 45 minutes after they had a solo orgasm.

5) It boosts your mood.

Masturbating releases a slew of feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin that lift your spirits, boost your satisfaction, and activate the reward circuits in your brain.

“An orgasm is the biggest non-drug blast of dopamine available,” said Brame.

6) It can help you fall asleep.

There are many things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep, from losing weight to eating certain kinds of food (hello, turkey and cheddar cheese). Masturbation can also help: having an orgasm releases chemicals like prolactin, serotonin, and oxytocin into the brain, all of which have been linked to feelings of happiness and relaxation. So if you find that you’re tossing and turning at night, paying a lil’ visit to Pornhub might be worth a shot.

7) It can increase your lifespan.

Yup, really: according to a Welsh study of 1000 men over the course of 20 years, the men who had two or more orgasms per week died at half the rate of men who had less than that number of orgasm per month.

8) It can improve your skin.

Orgasm causes increased blood flow to the skin, which makes your blood vessels open up; for some people, this can result in slightly rosy cheeks, or what’s better known as the post-sex glow. What’s even better? The oxytocin that’s released with orgasm can reduce inflammation, making zits and rashes less noticeable.

9) It helps you get to know your own body better.

Sure, you might think that you’re pretty well-acquainted with your body, particularly if you started masturbating at a younger age. But it’s always helpful to try new things and give yourself a refresher course in what your penis likes — and what it doesn’t. (If you want tips, check out these male masturbation techniques.)

10) It improves heart health.

Contrary to popular belief that rigorous sex can up your risk of a heart attack or stroke, regular orgasms can actually help protect you against cardiovascular disease. A report from the Massachusetts Aging Study found that men who had sex once a month or less were 45% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than men who had two or more orgasms per week. So if you cancel plans with friends to stay home and M-bate, just tell them it’s for your own health. Hey, you won’t be lying.


One of the perplexing things about masturbation (even the term is laden with pejorative judgement and condemnation) is that weirdly that the fathers of the Enlightenment teamed up with the clerics to condemn it and so this innocent genital sneeze (for a man) and deep infused pleasure for a woman became the sin of all sins – how could Aquinas get this so wrong he thought it more serious than incest and Rousseau was scathing (but confident if he said he didn’t that he was lying)!!
Catholic clergy are appalling on this particular peccadillo – ever keen to know every detail – frequency, fantasies, etc. Revealing of course their own sexual immaturity.
One priest I spoke to said it was immature and I’d grow out of it – I didn’t so I guess I must be immature.
Another told me that a priest we both knew struggled with masturbation and porn as if he was guilty of first degree murder.
I agree with Martini – the church is 200 yrs behind and nowhere is this more pertinent than the virtually obsolete and irrelevant teaching on masturbation.
Masturbation will go the same way as the doctrine on Limbo – scuttle off into the dark never to be mentioned again having inflicted and burdened ordinary people with untold grief and guilt.


‘how could Aquinas get this so wrong he thought it more serious than incest’
Surely you’ve noticed that the church always gets the gravity of moral things completely wrong? Always?
The classic example of course being the minimisation of the abuse of children by its own clergy. And it’s not even like it’s one odd member of the hierarchy, but as soon as they realise they have a problem with abuse they all heave to to ensure it’s made much much worse.


Everything has to do with sex, except sex, sex has to do with power.
From the crime of sexual child abuse to condemning masturbation – the Catholic Church’s obsession with sex isn’t to do with the dignity of the human person (it masquerades as this) but to do with the abuse of power for a cleric that’s where the frisson of pleasure is – being able to intill fear, guilt and self-loathing turns them on and is at the heart of the centuries long campaign against masturbation. Control it’s all about control!!


Your last few sentences are a perfect fit for the pervert Dominican who quizzed teenage schoolboys about masturbation. He was living in the noviceship in Cork city at the time.


Of course Pat.
Bashing the bishop ,spanking the monkey, choking the snake, whatever we call it, is natural and healthy.
Such a pity those out of control perverts called Christian brothers were so obsessed about it.
They must have been relieved that the old, filthy, black smocks they wore tended to hide their elections as they leathered young boys.


My wife is such a believer in the Christopher West/JPII theology of the body crap that she won’t even give me a hj and says it is a mortal sin even in a marriage. Makes me feel totally guilty.


Probably allowed for by Christopher West, as long as it just involves “completed acts”, as he nauseatingly put it.

On our honeymoon, again thanks to theology of the body, my wife wanted us to kneel at the side of the bed and do a prayer or song of Tobit before getting down to business. Talk about putting you off.


I’ve said that, and I also said that my pre-Vatican II parents’ generation were much less uptight than the frigid young trads.


What a nightmare and it just shows these clerics don’t understand sex or women at all. If they did they would know sex is virtually impossible without manual stimulation of the woman, in which case it can’t possibly be a sin.
Tell her you’ve taken her view on board and will penetrate her with no foreplay. Then she’ll come round.


I hadn’t come across Christopher West so have looked him up and see he has been married since 1995 and they have five children.
Older readers will remember that that ain’t nowhere near the good Catholic families we used to see, so there’s something wrong here. Either they’re using contraception, or are using unnatural family planning, which of course is unnatural and can only work if both have a low sex drive.
Actually just for the craic I can’t resist sharing another religious person nutty about sex, Rev Mark Driscoll who described a man’s wife as a home for his penis.


I’ve never been persuaded about the moral superiority of NFP versus artificial contraception. The goal and intent is the same ie no babies. They just uses different methods to secure a shared objective.

It’s a typical bit of Catholic casuistry (a bit like annulment Vs divorce).

Pius XII gave NFP the ok in one of his many allucutions, in this case to a group of Catholic midwives who wondered if the Church would join the Anglican view on contraception decided at the 1930 Lambeth Conference.


What you’re saying is wankers live longer?
I’d believe it. Look at Bela Lugosi’s contribution at 10.27. I’d imagine she’s well on in years.


Oul Gossip Alert@9:36am
What would you know about control you can’t control your obsession with asking people to contact Papal Nuncio’s. Nor the number of names you post under here with a new one today. You’re probably the biggest wanker on here, masking under your usual false piety.😏


In Rome there were at least two pairs of seminarians who did mutual masterbation (though nothing else and they all insisted that it wasn’t at all gay. One pair was caught in the act, and one half of the other pair told the director of formation, on the orders of a US Franciscan to whom he’d confessed in Assisi. That was the gossip in the college. Needless to say, all four were booted out very swiftly.


Brendan Marshall and Stephen Wilson introduced everyone in Maynooth to a game called soggy biscuit.


I am pleased that you have published it. I sent you the reference to the article. Many years ago I read the new big Catechism and looked through the bit on confession. One of the things you were supposed to ask yourself was “Do you masturbate”. I had a 14 year old son at the time and thought how bloody cruel. The Catechisms view of sexuality is appalling. How can they think they are experts? The Golden rule should be.. If in doubt, say nowt.


Absolutely although better not to feel you have to confess your sins to some deviant in a cupboard and even better not to have a bunch of ‘celibate’ clergy tell you what to do in the bedroom.


I am sure Carmel always knocks on Elsie’s door as a precautionary measure.
Only the other day, a comment by Liz said: “One time I popped round to surprise father for his birthday, and the dirty bugger was masturbating on the sofa with not a stitch on. He offered me lots of money to stay silent, but I’m not that type of girl. Shame on you all.”


Of course today is the day when in England we celebrate that a terrorist act of popish aggression was averted and the National Church retained its peace and freedom to be both Catholic and Reformed. I am working on my effigy of the pope to burn tonight.


Make the most of it. In a few years, Eid al-Fitr will replace Christmas as the big day in the English calendar.


You are so right. And we are walking right in to it. Blindly. It has simply to do with birth rates. Give it 30 years and it will happen. Big changes are on the way in the UK, and the rest of Europe. For sure.


Hi there girls, I was wondering where you were and getting a bit worried a rent boy had murdered you 😂


World of difference between control v self-control – I was referring to control of others through repressed and repressive teaching on masturbation bit lax when it comes to crimes like child abuse and masturbation.


Not having had a seminary education can clergy or seminarians shed some light on St Augustine teaching on Original Sin – forgive the simplicity but isn’t the notion because St Augustine was a bit (or a lot) freaked out that the male erection (ie his) was an involuntary reaction and seemingly (the clue is in the word involuntary) not controlled by human will – plus semen (the elixir) of life always must always (unlike Onan) have procreation as it’s telos (end goal as opposed to a happy ending).
So, and I realise one can’t have this discussion at a Sunday catechetical class, but that must mean that Jesus’ erections (what your not going to tell me he never had any) were completely under his control – voluntary not involuntary.
Catholic moral theology – Chris West a classic example of this phenomenon – has backed itself into a cul de sac or dead end by insisting that every sex act must be open to life and be both unitive and generative in a nice little package (that’s enough about me) of moral certitude without the faintest sense that it’s bollox, unattainable, a counsel of perfection and a recipe for hypocrisy which pits the Uber faithful and obedient to Papal teaching (take a bow Chris West and his Mrs) against the rest of us mass damnata in the gutter but looking up at the stars.


@4:15: Your comment’s questioning shows the intrinsic contradictions and unrealistic contradictions in just one aspect of the RCC’s theology.
And that just for starters! Virtually every aspect of its beliefs and teachings concerning human existence is similar: an absolute load of gobbledygook bollocks.
None of if stands up to analytical factual assessment.


Yes they’ve got the other problem that they don’t want to be seen changing anything because the whole thing was revealed in the deposit of faith all in one go. The RC church has backed itself into a corner far more than, say, the JWs who keep changing the date of the Second Coming. They can’t even resort to just ignoring doctrines and hoping they’ll go away.


A travesty of the real situation. The development of doctrine is a fundamental pillar of Christian theology.


Kelvin Kevin. You don’t have to believe anything. It’s up to you. Have the courage to walk away. Please go. It’s better for us.


Nowt wrong with masterbating or promoting it! Sure it’s well known health benefits of doing so also. I encourage all to masterbate you savages.


I can remember a Boston talk show that invited Father John Keane the lone supporter of the Trentish Latin Mass at the time. Father was a huge but congenial fellow whom I had served at a few of his hotel masses just prior to my Anglo-Cat days.

Well, anyway, somehow the topic of masturbation came up from a caller. I can still remember how shocked the hostess was to learn that RC theology considered such as a mortal sin. I’ll never forget the innocency on her face and in her voice as she asked, “Father, why can’t I masturbate?”


Pat, your lecture didn’t excite anyone too much today. All the girls and queens disappeared for the day. No bitchfests either. Has to be a first!! Well done..


I suspect that the answer to your supposition is found in the “Great Book of Needs” which is not unlike the Irish penitentials of yore. The application will differ not so much from country to country as from priest to priest. Economia covers a multitude of sins, as it were.


I had thought that we had long gone beyond an obsession with masturbation ? Except perhaps in some rather strange pockets of Catholicism – probably traditionalist groups such as FSSP and the Cong Orats, and of course people like Father David Marsden and his questioning of seminarians’ masturbatory habits and fantasies. Most adjusted and balanced parenting recognises masturbation as a necessary rite of passage, and after that any practice is seen as part of the normal and varied sexual activity of an adult. Most Catholics these days do not access confession on a regular basis, which is no bad thing given the rather infantalising and intrusive nature of the way this sacrament is currently practised. If anybody does and a priest leads the conversation of the confession towards the private sexual and masturbatory activities of the penitent, I would suggest the penitent simply walks out confident in the knowledge that such a direction has more to do with the interests of the confessor and his satisfying his own sexual proclivities and interests. I simply refuse to talk to an, invariably, old, unkempt and celibate man about anything that has to do with my sexual life, or indeed any part of my life. My GP, trusted friend, the local sexual health advisor are much more appropriate and knowledgeable people to access for that sort of conversation.


What can your GP, trusted friend, the local sexual health advisor tell you about sin? Can they absolve you? You might need to see a psychiatrist if your affective growth is so stunted that you have the sexual life of a teenager.


Oh, piss off @1042. Sin, absolution – I think it is you who needs to see a psychiatrist, and still have the life of a teenager.


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