Side Effects of Masturbation

Masturbation is a healthy way to engage in sex, however, when done compulsively can lead to undesired side effects. Excessive masturbation, of course, isn't healthy, these are some of the side effects it can cause:

Masturbation addiction

Due to the frequency or compulsiveness of masturbation, some individuals can develop a dependency and therefore an addiction to it. 

What is masturbation addiction or compulsive masturbation?

The truth is, there is nothing unhealthy or bad about masturbation. If an individual is single or their partner is unavailable or there is a sexual desire mismatch between the couple, there is nothing wrong if the individual seeks to release their sexual energy through self-pleasuring or masturbation. Even married men and married women can masturbate.

It can be good for your health, emotionally, mentally, and physically. There are various benefits to masturbation such as better sleep, stress relief, reduced muscle tension, and can even improve your self-esteem.

The amount that people masturbate does depend on their sexual libido. However, what we are going to talk about is understanding how excessive masturbation can be unhealthy. Of course, there isn’t a number limit for you to identify if you have been masturbating excessively. But, it can be considered “too much” if it disrupts your daily life — such as affecting your responsibilities, causes mental frustration, results in interpersonal problems within a relationship, causes physical soreness, or leads to disrupted erectile function.  Another criterion is: that if masturbation is being done solely for stress relief or to get rid of boredom or inability to sleep, but, is not driven by sexual desire, it’s considered compulsive.

Sexual Dysfunction

Sensitive Glans Penis

In some cases of excessive masturbation, an individual may develop a sensitive glans penis or sensitive penis head. This is due to the constant and frequent stimulation. 

Premature Ejaculation

While it is premature to say that excessive masturbation causes premature ejaculation, it can be experienced at times - especially if it becomes a learned behaviour wherein men engage in it and finish it as a quick task to do. This is because while an individual gets dependent and used to masturbating for sexual release, they can climax early while engaging in sexual activity with a partner(s). 

Erectile Dysfunction 

This again, isn’t a direct result of excessive masturbation, however, when an individual gets used to using their imagination, porn, or other forms of arousal-inducing methods to masturbate for sexual release - they are unable to get or sustain an erection while engaging in sexual activity with a partner(s). 

Delayed Ejaculation

Delayed ejaculation can occur because men who masturbate using props such as a pillow or the bed, don’t experience the same degree of stimulation and/or friction when they have sex. Due to this, they may struggle to climax leading to delayed ejaculation.