Masturbation Addiction In Males

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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.

Q What are the causes of masturbation addiction :

  1. Boredom
  2. Loneliness or neglect
  3. Low self-esteem
  4. Personal inadequacy
  5. Relationship problems
  6. Sexual fantasies
  7. High sexual drive
  8. Drug abuse

Q What are the symptoms of masturbation in males?

You know you are addicted to masturbation if
  1. you are compelled to self-stimulate on a regular basis
  2. it affects your daily routine
  3. you crave for rougher, harder sex
  4. it affects your relationship with your partner
  5. it causes physical injury or harm to the genitals
  6. you are having difficulty in achieving orgasm gradually
  7. 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
  • Irritability
  • Lack of attraction towards opposite sex
  • Sexual dysfunctions such as ED.
  • Isolating yourself from others which may eventually, lead to depression
  • Many experts agree that there is no direct relation between masturbation and fertility problems.

Q What are the treatments/managements of masturbation in males?

  1. Counselling with a sex therapist is highly beneficial
  2. Sex addiction support group therapy
  3. Indulging in other activities like cultivating a hobby or sport
  4. Socialising or interacting with others as it takes your mind off masturbation for some time
  5. Exercise and meditation will bring peace of mind and better control on your senses
  6. 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.