No, you can’t go blind from doing it. Masturbation is defined as “the act or practice of stimulating the external sexual organs by oneself.”1
“Mutual masturbation”2 is when more than one person is involved.
Physical pleasure and release of sexual tension are among the benefits to many. Some use their hands and fingers, others use sex toys and some get creative, but playing it safe is key to having an enjoyable experience.
The sourced articles below should provide more information on masturbation.
Footnotes: 1. encyclopedia.com, accessed on 4/16/2018; 2. encyclopedia.com, accessed on 4/16/2018
- All The Puzzling Things That Happen To Your Body When You Masturbate, Explained By Science
“Cast your mind back to the last time you cracked one out, knocked one off, rubbed one out, masturbated — whatever you call it. You may well have noticed a few rather curious physiological responses that occurred in addition to your own personal pleasure party.”
Rachel Thompson, mashable.com, 5/11/2018
- Cereal Masturbation
“Dr Kellogg believed so fervently that sex was vexatious for the spirit and body that he never engaged in sexual intercourse with his wife, even opting to have two different rooms in their shared house and adopted all of his children.”
Lulu Morris, nationalgeographic.com.au, 2/26/2018
- Are There Side Effects To Masturbation?
“Masturbation is a normal and healthy sexual activity with few side effects. Many bizarre claims surround masturbation, such as going blind, and most of these claims are untrue.”
Hannah Nichols; Reviewed by Janet Brito, PhD, LCSW, CST, medicalnewstoday.com, 12/7/2017
- Your Hands-On Guide To Solo Sex
“Masturbation is one of the sexiest ways to please yourself. We tell you how to throw a party for one.”
Lane Moore, cosmopolitan.com, 5/2/2017
“Is masturbation normal?
Online Resource, youngmenshealthsite.org, 4/24/2017
- A Senior’s Guide To Solo Sex
“Here are some reasons that we, as seniors, might want to enjoy solo sex…”
Joan Price, seniorplanet.org, 2/13/2017
- Childhood Trauma And Masturbation
“For most of us, it’s simply a part of life and a component of healthy sexuality. For others, however, this harmless behavior crosses the line into a compulsive activity that is anything but benign.”
Alexandra Katehakis PhD, MFT, psychologytoday.com, 2/6/2015