MSP Q&A: Is masturbation bad? Will it make me shorter?

Recently on Yahoo Questions, someone wrote in to ask whether masturbation would make a person shorter. Most responses were either inaccurate (saying that yes, it would), sarcastic or both. This was my response:

No, there have been no linkages between masturbation and height. In fact, research consistently shows that the vast majority of men (roughly 95% – 98%) masturbate and most, though somewhat fewer, women have masturbated too.

Masturbation is a common, healthy form of expression. There is some research that suggests that masturbation among younger men is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer as men get older. Researchers aren’t entirely certain why this is the case, but suffice it to say that this resarch is just one example of many studies that support a positive relationship between sexual expression (whether alone or with a partner) and good health.

You can learn more about masturbation by reading the very fun The Big Book of Masturbation by Martha Cornog.

Best,

Debby

[Read the full Q&A on the Yahoo Questions web site.]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.