Masturbation is a way of exploring your own sexual self and is a completely natural
activity. It is also, therapeutic to an extent that the pleasure one experiences
from masturbating relieves stress, anxiety and elevates one's mood instantly. This
'pleasure' may however, become addictive with the person being compulsively dependent
on masturbation for general well being. This in turn, affects the body as a whole.
Causes of masturbation addiction :
Loneliness or neglect
High sexual drive
You know you are addicted to masturbation if
you are compelled to self-stimulate on a regular basis
it affects your daily routine
you crave for rougher, harder sex
it affects your relationship with your partner
it causes physical injury or harm to the genitals
you are having difficulty in achieving orgasm gradually
it forces you to isolate yourself from the real world.
Even though porn is not a prerequisite for masturbation, easy access to online
porn sites and other sexual materials further, attracts one towards masturbation.
Q What are the effects of masturbation in males?
Sore, painful or swollen penis.
Urge to find 'pleasure' leads to quicker climax and thus, affects intimacy with the partner
Affects other daily activities, job, family, friends etc
Trouble forming emotional bond with others
Uncontrollable sexual thoughts, fantasies or feelings
Lack of attraction towards opposite sex
Sexual dysfunctions such as ED.
Isolating yourself from others which may eventually, lead to depression
Q What are the treatments/managements of masturbation in males?
Indulging in other activities like cultivating a hobby or sport
Socialising or interacting with others as it takes your mind off masturbation for some time
Exercise and meditation will bring peace of mind and better control on your senses
Make love without aiming at orgasm or sexual pleasure.
As any other addiction, this too requires consistent effort and help. Do not
feel embarrassed or shy to discuss as it is a very common problem especially among young adults.
Dependence on any substance or activity is harmful for the body as well as the society and thus,
combating it at the earliest is very important.
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