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Infertility is one of the common problems that couples go through these days due to stress and other lifestyle problems. Well, it is important to understand that infertility can occur due to various reasons. While some reasons can be a sheer myth, others are facts. Among all the other things, many women believe that masturbation is the primary reason behind infertility.

When consulting a gynaecologist, women often ask questions on whether female masturbation causes infertility, especially the ones who want to be parents. The truth is no. Masturbation is solely done for pleasure and it helps in improving your sexual health. However, doing it in excess can lead to health issues, especially infertility. Here are some of the most important things that you must know about female masturbation and infertility.

Effects of Masturbation

Female masturbation affects your body in different ways. When masturbating, your body releases certain hormones (Dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin, testosterone, prolactin) that give a sense of pleasure. But these hormones do not intercept your fertility levels. Let us check out some of the ways by which masturbation affects your body.

Effects of Masturbation on Ovulation

It is important to understand that ovulation is a vital part of a woman’s body. In the process of ovulation, your ovary releases an egg every month that waits in the fallopian tube for fertilizing. Once the egg fertilizes with the sperm, it implants in the uterus, which results in pregnancy. If not fertilized, the egg passes through the vagina.

During orgasm, men ejaculate semen through the penis. Semen contains sperms that are vital for conception. While men release semen during orgasm, ovulation doesn’t require any orgasm to take place.

Moreover, orgasm does not force the egg cells to ejaculate from the body just like semen during orgasm. Therefore, does female masturbation cause infertility, then the answer is no. Masturbation does cause orgasm but does not affect ovulation or fertility levels.

Effects of Masturbation on Implantation

Sperm cells fertilize the eggs released by the ovary and the fertilization takes place in the fallopian tubes. Once the fertilization completes, the egg travels towards the uterus, which then attaches to the uterine wall. This complete process is known as implantation and it takes place after six to seven days after ovulation.

However, at times, the fertilized egg doesn’t travels to the uterus and implants itself in the fallopian tube. This condition is known as ectopic pregnancy. Alternatively, the fertilized egg may reach the uterus and move through the vagina without implanting anywhere.

There are vague chances that masturbation can cause ectopic pregnancy, there is no such research that proves that masturbation impacts implantation in anyways.


Effects of Masturbation on Fertilization

Women become pregnant when eggs release and are fertilized by sperm. People have a common misconception that eggs fertilize in the uterus. The ovary releases an egg in the fallopian tube, which is fertilized and then moves to the uterus.

When it comes to egg fertilization, the sperm cells has to travel to the fallopian tube, where fertilization takes place, along with that it has to penetrate the outer wall of the eggs to complete fertilization , the egg should also be ovulated beforehand (post ovulation, the eggs are released in the fallopian tube).

Masturbation does not affect the egg cells or the sperm cells. Female masturbation does not cause infertility and it does not affect fertilization at all.

Positive side effects of masturbation

Most people experience good effects on their body, but this is not true for everyone. Over masturbation often cause various physical problems like broken skin, swelling of genitals as well as cramps, etc.

Hence, these are some of the things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to female masturbation and infertility. Besides, masturbation only improves your sexual health and works on your testosterone levels, which keeps your sexual life active and enhanced.



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Dr. Gunjan Gupta Fertility and IVF Specialist in Delhi

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Dr. Gunjan Gupta is a Gynaecologist with a specialization in IVF, Infertility & Laparoscopy specialist doctor and has close to 2 decades of experience in : Treating Infertility, Performing Gynae Laparoscopy (Keyhole Surgeries) Handing high-risk Pregnancies. She is a Member of Royal College of Obs and Gynae (MRCOG) of UK and has been trained in Laparoscopy at EUDGES (France).

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