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Australian researchers "discover" that masturbation is a miracle drug of sorts

Many want to live a healthier life, but it's not always easy.  In fact it can be quite hard.  After a long day on the job, it's not easy to exercise those stiff muscles.  Vitamins are easy to forget -- and studies have shown they might prove impotent.  And sucking down healthy foods like acai berries and whole wheat sounds great, but many just don't like the taste.

But researchers at the University of Sydney's public health department would like to extend another way to improve your health -- masturbate.  

Spring Chenoa Cooper and Anthony Santella share this good news in a new article in their university's news service, The Conversation.  Their findings come from years of experience both probing the topic in their labs and steadily combing the annals of research.  While many groups, including evangelicals in America, consider masturbation "sinful", scientific professionals say it's their loss.

Spring Cooper and Anthony Santella
Professors Spring Cooper (left) and Anthony Santella (right) suggest masturbation as a means of disease prevention. [Image Source: The Conversation]

According to the duo, as more people masturbate more regularly in today's sexually liberated society, that might be part of why lifespans are increasing.  They cite a 2010 Indiana Univ. study, which found that 94 percent of men and 85 percent of women admit to masturbating -- though the true numbers might be higher.  The researchers suggest even babies masturbate in the womb, citing prior research.

Not looking to beat around the bush, they write:

Societal perspectives of masturbation still vary greatly, and there’s even some stigma around engaging in the act.  Related to this stigma are the many myths about masturbation, myths so ridiculous it’s a wonder anyone believes them.  They include: masturbation causes blindness and insanity; masturbation can make sexual organs fall off; and masturbation causes infertility. 

In actual fact, masturbation has many health benefits.

Masturbating woman
For females masturbation produces a number of specialized health benefits.
[Image Source: Eileen McFall]

The pair summarizes years of sweat and vigorous research worldwide which has helped scientists discover physiological explanations of why masturbation is so beneficial.  They write that the health benefits may be particularly potent for females, explaining:

For women, masturbation can help prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections through the process of "tenting," or the opening of the cervix that occurs as part of the arousal process.  Tenting stretches the cervix, and thus the cervical mucous. This enables fluid circulation, allowing cervical fluids full of bacteria to be flushed out.

[Masturbation can lead to a] lower the risk of type-2 diabetes (though this association may also be explained by greater overall health), reduce insomnia through hormonal and tension release, and increase pelvic floor strength through the contractions that happen during orgasm.

For men they point out that past studies have shown masturbation helps release toxins from the prostate gland.  These toxins can cause cancer if they build up over time.  So in effect sex and masturbation can help "fight" some, if not all prostate cancer.

They write that masturbation arouses the cortex of the adrenal gland, a tissue located on top of the human kidneys, to produce a slight spike in cortisol, boosting immunity.  Masturbation -- like sex -- also releases endorphins, particularly when an orgasm is achieved.  These brain chemicals, whose actions resemble those of opiate-containing drugs, decrease depression, boosting feelings of satisfaction and well-being.


The informal review of the topic reaches its climax concluding that thanks to work of hundreds worldwide of researchers worldwide conducting studies alone or together in groups, a scientifically sound analysis is being realized at last regarding the health affects of masturbation.  They summarized that a wealth of studies have shown that masturbation -- be it solo or with a partner -- was "the most convenient method for maximising orgasms".  They conclude that masturbation leads to "reduced stress, reduced blood pressure, increased self-esteem, and reduced pain."

They state that while masturbation with a partner can produce many benefits, solitary masturbation carries its own perks as it reduces "performance anxiety".  The summary illustrates that in some regards, the internet -- which serves as the world's largest, most accessible collection of pornography -- may be one of the best disease-fighting tools mankind has at its disposal.

Source: The Conversation

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Nice artiicle, but
By woody1 on 12/6/2013 2:42:19 PM , Rating: 5
When are they going to come out with a study showing that fellatio helps women lose weight? That would be a wonderful thing!

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By DT_Reader on 12/6/2013 3:31:53 PM , Rating: 3
If they need test subjects for that study, I'm available!

What? The line goes around the block? Oh.

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By HomerTNachoCheese on 12/6/2013 3:42:49 PM , Rating: 3
They could get Dante Hick's girlfriend for this service. She once did 37 in a row!

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By inperfectdarkness on 12/8/2013 8:15:07 AM , Rating: 2
...and then had sex with a dead guy...

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By Your-mum on 12/10/2013 7:03:28 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, different chicks, you need to rewatch the movie ;)

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By Argon18 on 12/6/2013 5:12:28 PM , Rating: 1
Almost as long as the line for a new iPhone.

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By euler007 on 12/7/2013 2:15:23 PM , Rating: 4
With my luck I'd be in the control group.

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By johnsonx on 12/8/2013 3:56:40 AM , Rating: 2
yes but what would a placebo blowjob be? can't just give a guy a sugar pill and tell him it was a bj.

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/8/2013 11:16:23 AM , Rating: 2
Depends on the guy...

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By kickoff on 12/9/2013 5:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks guys, great thread...I needed the laughs today!

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By jvillaro on 12/9/2013 11:29:57 AM , Rating: 4
Wait, you're the one trying to loose the weight?

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By Jeffk464 on 12/6/2013 4:00:40 PM , Rating: 4
False study girlfriends quit doing fellatio once married which is also when they start packing on weight. So you could draw the false conclusion that it helps with weight loss. :)

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By EricMartello on 12/7/2013 12:53:36 PM , Rating: 2
That's why you don't marry American women. You have your fun with them when they're in their 20s, and then you marry a woman from a third world country when you decide to settle down. Thanks to the existence of the Philippines and Indonesia, you don't even have to settle for small tits anymore. :D

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By kickoff on 12/9/2013 5:40:46 PM , Rating: 1
Damn guys, do you have ANY idea how wrong it is to say things like this and demean women?

Just EFF'ing with you....You're FREAKING RIGHT!!!!! LMAO!

RE: Nice artiicle, but
By headbox on 12/11/2013 6:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
That's only because you become a fat slob and she can't find your little junk underneath that sweaty gut.

I've been married 12 years, was up until 2am 69-ing my hottie wife on a Tuesday night after we got back from the gym.

By Motoman on 12/6/2013 2:27:32 PM , Rating: 4
The savior of humanity...internet porn.

So now can people in various countries where internet porn is blacklisted sue their governments for access to it, for health reasons? "You're making us die slowly by denying us access to pr0n!"

RE: w00t
By Motoman on 12/6/2013 2:44:18 PM , Rating: 2
Also, LOL at Christine O'Donnell photo. Is that her O face?


RE: w00t
By amanojaku on 12/6/2013 4:27:27 PM , Rating: 3
She's demonstrating her role in the masturbation studies.

RE: w00t
By bodar on 12/7/2013 4:38:03 AM , Rating: 2
She verbally masturbates every minute of every day. Does that count?

RE: w00t
By kyleb2112 on 12/9/13, Rating: 0
RE: w00t
By Wolfpup on 12/10/2013 11:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
Riiiiight. Because requiring condoms for a profession like that is EXACTLY the same as banning birth control, banning sex education, banning porn, banning various types of sex, etc.

You've really thought this through!

RE: w00t
By bug77 on 12/8/2013 10:35:50 AM , Rating: 1
I know nothing about her, but I see she was born in '69.

RE: w00t
By Belard on 12/9/2013 6:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
She's never had an orgasm in her life.

Sex is all yucky to her. So its her job to make it illegal.

RE: w00t
By Jeffk464 on 12/6/2013 4:02:19 PM , Rating: 3
Ive also heard that it helps keep testosterone levels higher which helps you benefit more from exercise.

RE: w00t
By kmonkmon on 12/6/2013 4:38:49 PM , Rating: 2
I heard it also can lead to ED. Just saying.

RE: w00t
By jeffbui on 12/6/2013 7:29:47 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, but let's not pinpoint that on masturbation. It's internet porn addiction that causes the erectile disfunction.

RE: w00t
By macca007 on 12/6/2013 9:38:49 PM , Rating: 2
Doubt it!
It's more like those are fat/lazy slobs that instead of sitting in front of tv all day it is now the computer, Cardiovascular health drops so the blood flow isn't so great getting to their dick! Looking at porn alone isn't going to give you fosters flop!

RE: w00t
By Stan11003 on 12/7/2013 2:04:31 AM , Rating: 1
Sure, its not the death grip desensitizing their junk into a calloused mess until they can't function with a real live girl.

RE: w00t
By Draconian4771 on 12/6/2013 9:23:07 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you Newt Gingrich for saving internet porn.

a logical connection of the dots
By Captain Awesome on 12/6/2013 3:38:05 PM , Rating: 5
So from their research we know that lifespans are increasing due to masturbation. And from the Bible we know that Adam, Even, Noah, and a bunch of people all lived over 900 years each.

Just how much sex and masturbation was going on back then? How did Noah ever find the time to build his giant ark?

Could I live for hundreds of years too if I worked on this for 8 hours a day? And imagine how incredibly strong my arms would be in just 500 years.

By HomerTNachoCheese on 12/6/2013 3:46:10 PM , Rating: 3
After 500 years, you really need to be careful. You could rip it right off!

RE: a logical connection of the dots
By Motoman on 12/6/2013 4:44:52 PM , Rating: 3
RE: a logical connection of the dots
By Spuke on 12/6/2013 6:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
LMAO!!! I forgot about that.

RE: a logical connection of the dots
By tayb on 12/6/13, Rating: -1
By talozin on 12/6/2013 2:31:18 PM , Rating: 4
The informal review of the topic reaches its climax

I see what you did there.

RE: Hah.
By amanojaku on 12/6/2013 2:50:08 PM , Rating: 5
You're kidding, right? That's at the END of the article. Let's start with paragraph ONE:
but it's not always easy

In fact it can be quite hard

After a long day on the job, it's not easy to exercise those stiff muscles.

... and studies have shown they might prove impotent.

And sucking down healthy foods like acai berries and whole wheat sounds great, but many just don't like the taste.

... department would like to extend ...

probing the topic in their labs and steadily combing the annals of research.

Not looking to beat around the bush ...

... years of sweat and vigorous ...

RE: Hah.
By techxx on 12/6/13, Rating: 0
Science does not back this up
By sleepeeg3 on 12/7/2013 2:13:39 PM , Rating: 5
This review cites a handful of sources to back up it's claims, which are almost entirely false.

94% of men and 85% of women admit to masturbating: Source has nothing to do with this
Cervical health: No source
Diabetes: No source
Insomnia: No source
Pelvic floor strength: No source
Prostate cancer: Study supports
Immune function: Does not boost cortisol levels, which is a stress hormone that should increase depression, if true.
Depression: Article makes no mention of increased endorphins, just talks about anti-immune function of semen that increases sperm survival.
Reduced stress, blood pressure, increased self-esteem, reduced pain: Source is some doctor on WebMD, pimping his website.

Hey, but the article brings in ad revenue for DailyTech!

Oh and this one is just for Mick: effect (n) vs affect (v)


Original review:


By Lawrence99 on 12/7/2013 9:30:05 PM , Rating: 2
They also said Toxins in the click bait article... which as far as anyone can tell, is a word made up by nutritionists to make people think that they can flush the problems from within them.

By kleinma on 12/6/2013 2:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
Time to buy stock in companies that make scotch guarding products for keyboards...

RE: well
By JasonMick on 12/6/2013 2:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
Time to buy stock in companies that make scotch guarding products for keyboards...

RE: well
By ewhite06 on 12/9/2013 2:03:14 PM , Rating: 2
And Kleenex.

By amanojaku on 12/6/2013 4:04:38 PM , Rating: 5
They write that masturbation arouses the cortex of the adrenal gland, a tissue located on top of the human kidneys, to produce a slight spike in cortisol, boosting immunity.
That's not what the source article said:
Masturbation also improves immune functioning by increasing cortisol levels, which can regulate immune functioning in small doses.
"Boosting" means adding more, which is not what cortisol does. Cortisol actually decreases immune system activity, specifically B-cell and T-cell function. In this case, the improvement is actually a reduction.

Cortisol, and its sibling, cortisone, serve the purpose of getting the body through traumatic experiences. If you're being chased by a lion, you need to get the f--- outta the Serengeti NOW. Cortisol increases blood sugar to give you the energy, and one of the ways it does this is by shifting resources from high consumers like the immune system. The five minutes that you're more vulnerable to a disease is worth the risk.

As with most things in the body, cortisol has a second function: anti-inflammation. Inflammation is caused by white blood cells, and since cortisol suppresses B and T-cells, it also lowers inflammation. This is what is relevant to the story: inflammatory diseases, specifically, autoimmune diseases, are potentially lowered by periodic doses of cortisol.

Not so fast...
By Stan11003 on 12/7/2013 2:02:34 AM , Rating: 3
What about Erectile disfunction? There are many guys and even girls who can't have healthy sex to orgasim because of masterbation. Also excessive porn use lowers your body's dopamine levels which causes dependency and depression.

RE: Not so fast...
By EricMartello on 12/7/2013 12:49:59 PM , Rating: 2
Like any muscle in the human body - use it or lose it...the guys who are popping boner pills probably don't fap enough.

RE: Not so fast...
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/8/13, Rating: 0
By chesus on 12/7/2013 7:45:49 AM , Rating: 3
Another clown article by Mick.
By lawrance on 12/7/2013 9:41:49 PM , Rating: 2
Another sex article by Jason Mick inundated with juvenile puns. Way to work on that journalistic integrity, Mick!

By Cheesew1z69 on 12/8/2013 1:48:28 PM , Rating: 1
And who forced you to read it? Oh right, nobody.

By roykahn on 12/6/2013 3:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
The researchers suggest even babies masturbate in the womb, citing prior research.

So I guess this means that when someone feels a "kick" from a pregnant woman's belly, it's not always a kick.

"I can feel it kicking!"
"Nah, it's just rubbing one out."

This study sponsored by...
By wordsworm on 12/6/2013 7:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
The Luxottica Group... makers of over 80% of glasses world wide.

By Wombat_56 on 12/6/2013 10:55:35 PM , Rating: 2
I notice in the photos of the researchers, they're both smiling.

By EricMartello on 12/7/2013 12:46:58 PM , Rating: 2
I don't always fap, but when I do, I prefer fapping to video lectures by Spring Chenoa Cooper.

By Bonesdad on 12/7/2013 10:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
dang, ima be immortal!!!

Just love...
By emmettc on 12/9/2013 10:04:38 AM , Rating: 2
All the tech news on this site! What happened to the old DailyTech???

Good to know...
By ewhite06 on 12/9/2013 2:00:41 PM , Rating: 2
So I'm going to be cancer-free, well-rested, happy and able to enjoy Halloween for the rest of my life simply by doing nothing new? Great!

By ipay on 12/6/2013 2:27:50 PM , Rating: 1
Thank goodness I'm an expert in one thing that is good for me.

Haha if it's so healthy
By vicarious1 on 12/6/2013 8:57:11 PM , Rating: 1
If it's so healthy and "94 percent of men and 85 percent of women admit to masturbating" why are so many still sick :-)
Some must make a salary talking about something even its only about masturbating :-). To funny.

By fapfap on 12/7/2013 2:01:37 PM , Rating: 1

Not surprised by this, masturbation is a good thing (uses Martha Stewart voice). Once saw a program about reproduction some years ago, didn't know that most of the semen in guys were female; which of course raises the chances of a baby girl popping out.

However when a man masturbates, he pushes out all of the old semen, and newer stronger healthier ones are replaced. During sexy time, if there's a lot of foreplay going on, and he's really aroused, building up up lots of semen, more of the sperms will be male- which gives a better chance of a baby boy.

In ancient/biblical times, young people would get their fap on, if they were not yet married. This would keep young men especially, from running around screwing every girl, and having kids out of wedlock, which was a MAJOR HUGE NO NO in ancient world, especially mostly biblical era- as it caused major problems.

Silly uptight all caps Christian conservatives, aka Neo Puritans- who'd get nose bleeds if they actually understood their bible ha; point to the story of Onan in Genesis, as an example of god's displeasure with those who get their fap on... WRONG! This is not what pissed god off. It was the fact that Onan lied, was being selfish, greedy, and risked hurting the line in which David, and ultimately Jesus were to come from.

In biblical times, if your brother was married; and did not yet have children, and kicked the bucket. The surviving brother would lay with his brother's wife to get her pregnant, and carry on the line/name. In addition you'd also have your own children and wife to care for as well, as your brother's. Onan did not want to do this, as he did not want to share anything with his brother's wife or future children. So he'd masturbate to pretend he laid with his brother's wife... This was obviously him being deceitful. This was also the law of the land in biblical times, so he was breaking that too. This is what god was pissed at, not the masturbation.

Only thing mentioned of ejaculation in the bible really, is to clean it the hell up! So get yer fap on kids! haha

Tell me!
By exeedorbit on 12/6/13, Rating: -1
RE: Tell me!
By Stan11003 on 12/7/2013 2:08:47 AM , Rating: 1
Crack cocaine also release a lot of endorphins too. Endorphins are finite resource in your body like anything else if you over do it you will not have any motivation to do anything else i.e. depression.

The description does not sound very scientific.
By jmarchel on 12/6/13, Rating: -1
RE: The description does not sound very scientific.
By DT_Reader on 12/6/13, Rating: -1
By JasonMick on 12/6/2013 3:52:52 PM , Rating: 4
It is correlated with it... causation remains to be seen. I believe the researchers were referring to this study....

...anyhow I think the point is that it's been shown to potentially carry a number of health benefits and it makes people happy, so people shouldn't be ashamed to do it.

But what do they know? They're just Ph.Ds! Surely the internet experts know better.

By illuvatar81 on 12/7/2013 12:12:47 AM , Rating: 2
I think that the real question is that doesn't this same process occur during normal intercourse. Why state this information like masturbation is the real activity that produces these effects? There is subterfuge involved when misleading and misdirection articles like this are printed. One by the doctors and again by you, the truth is that sex is healthy for you. I think that everyone would agree that they would rather have a partner in this healthy activity than not.

RE: The description does not sound very scientific.
By M'n'M on 12/7/2013 8:51:34 AM , Rating: 5
I think that everyone would agree that they would rather have a partner in this healthy activity than not.

Not married are you ?

RE: The description does not sound very scientific.
By mik123 on 12/7/2013 6:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
What does marriage have to do with this?

By MaulBall789 on 12/9/2013 9:14:32 AM , Rating: 2
If you were married you would know.

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