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Is it okay to masturbate?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It’s healthy and normal. Both guys and girls may feel the need for the release of an orgasm regularly, and masturbation is a way to experience sexual pleasure without the risks associated with sexual intercourse. None of the myths about over masturbating 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.
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