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Is Masturbation Cheating? 8 Ways It Can Affect Your Relationship.

Is masturbation cheating

Is masturbation cheating? If your answer is no, what would you feel if you walk into your partner masturbating?

Steven D. Pinkerton, in the Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, said that if prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then masturbation is the world’s oldest avocation.

A lot of research reports have solidly backed up this claim. In the United States alone, the research found out that over 74% of males (between 14-17 years)  and over 48% of females of the same age masturbate.

This was the same case for the adults. 63% of men and 32% of females aged between 57-64 years were reported to be part of the avocation.

These numbers lead to one thing; your partner may be masturbating without your knowledge. Even if you already know about it, there are reasons behind masturbation.

While there are several controversies around masturbation, people do it for enjoyment, fun, or to release sexual tension.

Whatever reason that causes masturbation, one question arises. Is masturbation cheating? Especially when your partner keeps it a secret from you?

We look into the negative and positive effects of masturbation in your relationship to find out the truth. 

Why Is Masturbation Cheating? The Side Effects

Masturbation does not have any proven side effects on a person’s health. However, excessive masturbation could actually have side effects on your relationship. Here are some ways it can affect your relationship.

Feelings of guilt

Is masturbation cheating

What mainly causes the feelings of guilt is a person’s spiritual and cultural beliefs. If you are a religious person, you will probably feel the guilt of sinning before the maker. 

Many cultural beliefs also criticize masturbation as a dirty and shameful act. 

Masturbation, however, is neither wrong nor immoral. If you feel guilty, find someone you trust to speak to. If you are more spiritual, you can also choose to avoid it instead. There are many ways you can stop masturbating.

Reduced Sexual Sensitivity

Is masturbation cheating

As a man, having excessive and aggressive masturbation can actually cause a decreased sensation on your penis. This is the last thing you would want to happen in your relationship. The sex experiences with your partner may be affected. If it gets affected severely, you may have issues with satisfaction in bed.

Disrupted Daily Life

Is masturbation cheating

What if you get addicted to masturbation? The chances are that your daily life will be affected. You will begin missing work, important social events, and classes. Addiction can also affect your relationship responsibilities as you will tend to escape from the issues surrounding your relationship.

If you find that masturbation affects your daily life activities, you should speak to a healthcare professional to help you find a solution.

Prostate Cancer

Research is still ongoing on whether masturbation increases or decreases the risk of getting prostate cancer. In 2003, a study concluded that men in their 20s who ejaculated at least five times a week were less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who ejaculated less.

However, more research needs to be conducted before a valid conclusion is reached.

Are There Benefits Of Masturbation?

Surprisingly, there are more benefits of masturbation than side effects. 

Hormone and chemical release

Masturbation, just like any other sexual activity leading to pleasure and orgasm, triggers the release of important hormones for the body. Some of the hormones released during masturbation include:

  • Dopamine: Also known as the happiness hormone, dopamine triggers motivation and reward-seeking.
  • Oxytocin: Oxytocin enhances sexual and social behaviors by supporting positive social interaction.
  • Serotonin: This is a neurotransmitter that promotes happiness and satisfaction. Research has linked higher serotonin levels to a boost in mood.

Other hormones released during masturbation include endorphins, prolactin, adrenaline, and norepinephrine.

Improved sleep

Masturbation triggers the release of important hormones and neurotransmitters that help lower stress levels and blood pressure. As a result, a higher relaxation level is achieved, making you fall asleep easily.

A study conducted among 778 adults revealed the connection between good sleep and orgasm. Many respondents reported falling asleep quickly after masturbation.

Reduced pain

Endorphins and Endocannabinoids released during masturbation are known for helping in pain and inflammation regulation. Some studies have actually found a connection between sexual activity and how they relieve migraines and headaches.

Improved sexual health

Masturbation has been recognized as one of the strategies to improve sexual health. If you want to promote sexual intimacy in bed with your partner, you can begin by exploring your self-pleasure and needs through masturbation.

In addition, it helps you avoid getting infected with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

To women, masturbation helps prevent unwanted pregnancies with their partners.

Is Masturbation Cheating?

Masturbation can be cheating in your relationship, depending on what counts as cheating in your relationship. 

However, to most people, cheating in a relationship is having sexual encounters with another person other than your partner, without their knowledge.

But to some, even when their partner flirts or kisses another person, especially of the opposite sex, it can count as cheating. 

Perhaps, you and your partner should sit down and agree whether it counts as cheating in your relationship. By doing this, you will avoid the guilt and shame in case you get busted.

Is masturbation cheating in your relationship? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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