72 and Still Masturbating

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Question

I’m 72 and I still masturbate. My wife died about a year ago and I now masturbate more often than ever (about three to four times a week). Is this normal?


Answer

Absolutely! Not only is it normal, but it is actually good for you!

Although sometimes people are under the mistaken notion that sexuality is somehow reserved for the young, in reality, sexuality is part of all of us. There is nothing wrong with masturbating at any age. In fact, studies show that, barring serious health conditions, rates of masturbation do not really decline until people reach their 90s.

In your case, I can certainly understand how you might want to masturbate more now that your wife is no longer with you. This is not something to be ashamed of. As I said before, it is even downright healthy! It has been speculated that frequent ejaculations can help keep the prostate healthy, which becomes more of a concern as men become older. So all I can say is: Keep it up!

Best,
Dr. Sandor Gardos signature

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3 comments

  1. I’m 67, my wife died some years ago and I JO almost every day. Every now and then I get horny and it’s twice in one day.

    I JO most days through 20+ years of marriage. Just took the edge off needing sex more than my wife wanted. Never lessened my readiness for when she was willing.

  2. If I don’t masturbate my sex drive dies, when I masturbate it keeps my sex drive alive even at 72. Use it or loose it. I generally masturbation once a week and have sex once a week,

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