Can You Masturbate Too Much?
For most guys, masturbation is a fun and healthy activity. But for a handful of men, it can be a huge problem.
Most guys have wondered at one point whether they masturbate too often, but the truth is, there is no “magic number” for how often you should masturbate
Basically, your masturbation habits are only a problem if they interfere with your daily life
Here are a few potential signs that you need to cut back on masturbating
Whether it’s twice a week or twice a day, you’ve probably developed a pretty consistent masturbation routine by now. But at one point or another, you may have wondered if you’re masturbating too often.
The good news? There’s no magic number when it comes to a healthy solo sex life, says Dan Drake, MFT, LPCC, a certified sex addiction therapist and clinical counselor. In fact, there’s a pretty wide range: while 27 percent of 30-to-39-year-old men masturbate once a week to a few times a month, that number varies quite a bit by age, according to a 2009 survey of 2,500 American men.
“However often you masturbate, it’s not a problem until it starts affecting your life in negative ways,” Drake explains.
But that doesn’t mean that it can’t pose a problem, particularly if it interferes with your everyday life.
So when does a harmless habit turn into an issue? Here are the physical and psychological signs that you may need to give your boner a bit of a breather.
1) You hurt yourself.
Some guys masturbate so often that they actually hurt themselves, says Tobias Köhler, M.D., a urologist at Southern Illinois University.
These injuries could be mild (e.g., skin chafing) or a more serious condition like Peyronie’s disease, or scar tissue buildup in the shaft of your penis that can result from using too much pressure while stroking, Dr. Köhler explains.
This may sound obvious, but if you’re masturbating so often that you’re hurting yourself, you need to cut back, he warns.
2) Your job suffers.
Maybe you stay in on Friday nights instead of meeting up with friends, or you’ve been late to meetings because you were giving yourself a hand in the men’s room.
Either way, if you find that your masturbation habits are interfering with your social life, your job, or your desire to have sex with your partner, then it’s time to adjust your routine, Drake says.
3) Your sex life suffers.
Some guys who masturbate a lot use one specific type of stimuli — say, certain categories of porn coupled with specific hand movements. When it comes time for them to actually have sex, they find that they can’t recreate the same type of excitement, Dr. Köhler explains.
Basically, if you watch the same porn or use the same hand motions every time you masturbate, it teaches your brain and body to get off that way and that way alone. If you’re having sex with a real-life partner, this could cause serious problems, both in terms of keeping it up and getting erect in the first place. “If that happens, you have a problem that needs to be addressed,” says Dr. Köhler.