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Over the years, we’ve heard a lot of stupid myths related to masturbation. We’ve been told it can make us go blind, or make our palms hairy, or decrease our virility but an Islamic televangelist based in Turkey called Mücahid Cihad Ha has topped all previous myths. He claims that masturbating will lead to one’s hand becoming pregnant in the after-life! For reasons that are hard to fathom, masturbating has always got a bad name over the years. We look back at some of the most insane myths related to masturbation: Also Read - 'We Lost a Legend': India's Most Famous Sexpert, Dr Mahinder Watsa Passes Away at 96; Twitter Pays Heartfelt Tributes

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Religions have usually been uncomfortable with masturbation, but Istanbul-based televangelist Mücahid Cihad Han stole the limelight when he claimed that masturbating could make one’s hand pregnant in the afterlife and that it was haram.  ‘Moreover, one hadith states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over (their) rights,’ he said, referring to what he claimed was a saying of Prophet Mohammed. ‘If our viewer was single, I could recommend he marry, but what can I say now?’ Han said, advising the viewer to ‘resist Satan’s temptations’.

Masturbation makes you weak:

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There’s another notion that masturbating will make a person weak. It’s not uncommon for professional athletes (particularly in high school) to refrain from masturbating because it will diminish their physical prowess. Now the truth is that masturbating is nothing more than simulated sex and unless you spend all day masturbating, it won’t make you weak.

Masturbation will reduce your virility or semen count:

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Another school of thought believes that all males have a limited amount of semen and if we waste our seed masturbating, we won’t be able to have children! The truth is that our body keeps on reproducing semen, just like blood and every time you ejaculate your body makes more semen.

Masturbation can lead to blindness:

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I have no clue where this rumour came from but maybe from the animal called the antechinus, a rat-like creature which has non-stop sex for three weeks before its fur falls out and it dies! By the end of three weeks, most males bleed internally and go blind, but that doesn’t stop them from seeking out one last sex encounter. Now, this is not something that happens to humans and there’s no way masturbating can ever lead blindness, unless of course some stabs you in the eye while you’re doing it!

Masturbation will give you hairy palms!   

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One of the most common ways to dissuade kids from masturbating was to tell them that they’d get hairy palms, so that the entire world knew that they’d been masturbating. The truth is that there’s absolutely no connection between sex and hair growth.

Domeena C Renshaw summed it up best when she wrote: ‘Masturbation, once thought evil and the cause of many diseases, has been proven medically not to cause mental illness, physical weakness, or any type of disease or death; it is a normal aspect of human sexual development.’ There is nothing wrong with masturbation, it’s not going to degrade our society or ruin it. We’ve a lot of problems plaguing our society, masturbation isn’t one of them!