Masturbating Through the Ages — Do You Stop Jerking Off as Much as You Get Older?

Age ain’t nothing but a number when it comes to pleasuring yourself

While you might remember your early teen years as some of the more, um, frantic in terms of masturbation, the real action generally comes slightly later: According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior put forth by Indiana University, men’s solo masturbation habits peak between the ages of 18 and 29. One massive caveat here: It’s important to note that in any study regarding masturbation, the magnitude of underreporting may be substantial.

The frequency of the time-honored hobby declines from age 30 onward, but why does this slow-down happen? Does our testosterone gradually deplete as we age, slowing our sex drive? Or is it that, as 30-somethings with jobs, children and responsibilities, we simply don’t have the time and freedom to crank one out every time we have a spare five minutes? According to experts in the fields of human sexuality, it’s not the years that slow you down — it’s the mileage.

Why We Start Masturbating in the First Place

“Two main factors drive men’s need to masturbate,” says Steve McGough, an associate professor of clinical sexology at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Those factors: Physiology, or the rise and fall of testosterone and hormones in your body; and psychology, or how your brain uses fantasies and stress relief to influence how often you masturbate.

It all starts, of course, during puberty. “That’s when the hormones really kick in — this is the first factor in causing men to masturbate when they’re young, turning thoughts into fantasies,” McGough explains. “Suddenly, things feel good that didn’t before.” Once you couple raging hormones with other typical teen behaviors (for example, an inability to resist the urge to do whatever feels good in the moment), you’ve got a recipe for masturbatorial frenzy.

“However, hormones begin to decrease in your 20s, then more in your 30s, and more significantly in your 40s and 50s and onward,” says McGough. “Hormone levels and how they change and decline are highly influenced by both genetics and health.”

Notice, McGough says health, not age. It’s a common misconception that age alone causes men to feel fewer regular urges: The truth is that it’s far more tied to physical well-being. So if Gramps is still looking sprightly, chances are he’s still feeling frisky, too.

Healthy Body = Healthy Sex Drive

A 2012 study out of the University of Adelaide found that the drop in testosterone experienced by many men was actually dependent on health factors like depression, weight gain or quitting smoking, rather than age. “If you truly have clinically low levels [of testosterone], your sexual functioning and drive will be impacted,” says Nicole Prause of Liberos LLC, a sexual biotechnology company. “But the usual decreases associated with aging generally aren’t in a range that should affect sexual functioning or drive.” Some research suggests that in fact, testosterone would need to drop by 70–80 percent to truly affect sexual functioning.

This erroneous belief comes from the fact that early scientific studies failed to account for health as a factor, leading to the idea that getting old automatically equals less lead in the pencil. But Prause argues that “health has been the best predictor of sexual activity, including masturbation, in older adults whenever studies include that control.”

Carol Queen, a staff sexologist at Good Vibrations — a site that both sells and promotes discussion around sex toys — agrees. “As hormonal levels shift again in late middle age/early old age, the urge to masturbate may lessen, but often it doesn’t disappear. If a man is in good health, this desire is often retained throughout much of his lifespan.”

Basically, as long as you’re physically active, without any major injuries or disabilities — both physical and mental — your erotic desire will remain steady as you age. “Diabetes, cancer and chemo, circulatory system issues like blood pressure, heart disease, and other neurological issues like depression,” are among the real “libido killers,” according to Queen, since they either dominate your mental state and lower your sex drive, or make you physically unable to endure the rigors of masturbation…

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https://melmagazine.com/masturbating-thru-the-ages-do-you-stop-jerking-off-as-much-as-you-get-older-584df2b8e85b#.54feoxu5w

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