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I’m 82 and still like to masturbate

Northern Ireland's number one agony aunt Fiona answers your problems

Dear Fiona, I've been masturbating from the age of 12 and at 82-years-old I still do it about once a week. Is this normal for my age?

Robert

Dear Robert,

Masturbation's still a surprisingly taboo subject, especially at your age, but there is nothing abnormal about it.

Enthusiasm for sexual intercourse generally wanes with age and a decline in health, physical disability or the death of a partner, meaning it’s necessary to release sexual tensions.

Research has demonstrated that experiencing orgasms regularly in later years can protect your heart, protect against prostate cancer and can help depression and insomnia.

Masturbation becomes problematic if it interferes with your life, your health, your self-esteem due to guilt or if it becomes addictive.

Many may consider you fortunate that you’re still physically healthy enough and psychologically capable of enjoying it.

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