Dr. Oz on the Truth about Masturbation

Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., is also a New York Times #1 bestselling author and Emmy-award winning host of The Dr. Oz Show. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and the director of the Heart Institute. He currently lives in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Woman_Pleasure_400Blindness? Hairy palms? Both guys and girls may feel the need for the release of an orgasm regularly, and masturbation is nothing to be ashamed of. Forget the old myths and get the facts. From YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life.

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None of the myths about overmasturbating are true (like hairy palms or going blind), but you are going overboard if you’re masturbating in public or have rubbed yourself raw. Usually people prefer to masturbate in their beds or in the shower.

Mutual masturbation means touching another’s genitals and having yours touched, to give and receive pleasure. Some people feel this is much safer than sexual intercourse, which is definitely true with respect to avoiding pregnancy and many sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause genital warts (and, in women, cervical cancer), can be found under fingernails, so it is possible that HPV transmission can occur from fingertip to vagina, or fingertip to penis and testicles, via touch after exposure to HPV on your own or someone else’s genitals. This is yet another good reason to get immunized against HPV, whether you are male or female.

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None of the myths about overmasturbating are true (like hairy palms or going blind), but you are going overboard if you're masturbating in public or have rubbed yourself raw. Usually people prefer to masturbate in their beds or in the shower.

Mutual masturbation means touching another's genitals and having yours touched, to give and receive pleasure. Some people feel this is much safer than sexual intercourse, which is definitely true with respect to avoiding pregnancy and many sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause genital warts (and, in women, cervical cancer), can be found under fingernails, so it is possible that HPV transmission can occur from fingertip to vagina, or fingertip to penis and testicles, via touch after exposure to HPV on your own or someone else’s genitals. This is yet another good reason to get immunized against HPV, whether you are male or female.

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