Are There Side Effects of Daily Masturbation in Males?

Masturbation is a perfectly normal, risk-free, and beneficial practice. It is a method to get in touch with your sensual side, experience pleasure, and release tension. Even if you're not interested in enhancing your sex life, regular masturbation...

30 Sep 2022 MEN’S HEALTH

Masturbation is a perfectly normal, risk-free, and beneficial practice. It is a method to get in touch with your sensual side, experience pleasure, and release tension. Even if you're not interested in enhancing your sex life, regular masturbation can provide many health benefits too. 

Benefits of Masturbation

Enhances Sexual Self-Awareness

One of the best ways to develop one's sexual self-awareness is through masturbation. It is usually the first and safest approach to learning about the sexual part of your body. Exploring the penis through masturbation is an excellent way to discover what kind of sensation, movement and tempo arouses you and what types of tactics don't work. 

Elevates Your Mood and Relieves Stress 

You may feel better for a short period after masturbating, but it is unlikely to cure you of your depression in the long term. Sex or masturbation can trigger the release of endorphins throughout the body when they reach their peak levels. You get a good mood boost and a "feel good" experience from endorphins, which include serotonin and dopamine. 

It is also possible to relieve your body's stress and tension through the practice of masturbation. The release of feel-good chemicals in the body is triggered by sexual release. Your body will be able to unwind physically and mentally due to these endorphins. As a result, the stress of a long day will melt away. 

Overcomes Anxious Feelings

When it comes to having sex, some men may have difficulty dealing with performance anxiety. There is no need to be concerned or anxious about masturbation. You'll be the only one who’s there to observe. Additionally, there is no worry about pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, and you won’t require trips to go out to get some condoms.

Is it Harmful To Masturbate every day?

When it comes to how many times a day or week one should masturbate, there is no hard and fast rule. There's no one-size-fits-all answer. Some men masturbate daily or many times a day, while others masturbate once a week, once a month, or never.

Taking a break from masturbating is a good suggestion if your penis becomes inflamed due to excessiveness. It is only when masturbation takes precedence over other everyday activities, such as going to school or working, that it is considered unhealthy. Consult with a professional if this occurs.

Will Masturbation Affect Your Sex Life?

Masturbating will not harm your sex life in any way. If you masturbate frequently, you won't have to deal with awkward situations. Masturbating indeed assists you in exploring yourself, as we discussed previously. Even better, you may show your partner what gives you pleasure and encourage them how to do it.  By doing so, you and your partner will have enjoyable and healthy sexual lives. 

Side Effects of Too Much Masturbation for Men

Masturbation, as previously said, is an essential component of a fulfilling sexual experience. The fact that it's natural and commonly thought of as harmless confirms that. However, if you get too obsessed with masturbating, it might hurt your daily life. 

It can be difficult to tell whether you have masturbated excessively or not. It can profoundly affect how you think, feel, and act in society. Changes in behaviour might have an impact on your environment. The first step is to recognise that you have a problem and look for ways to reduce or eliminate your addiction to excessive masturbation. 

It is possible to become addicted to masturbation if you masturbate regularly. Your emotional and physical health is at risk if you succumb to this habit. Relationships can be ruined, as well as your everyday routine. As a side effect, you'll begin to avoid your responsibilities, such as your job, school, or bed. To the extent that you're unable to focus on anything else, you'll be affected by your addiction. 

In addition, due to their cultural, spiritual, or religious views, some men may experience shame about masturbating. It's not wrong or immoral to engage in self-pleasure, but you may still be told that it is a wrong and shameful act to masturbate.

If you feel guilty about masturbating, you can talk to a reliable person about why you think this way and how you can get past your emotions of guilt if you want to. If you do not want to, you can ignore your feelings of guilt. You may find that working with a therapist specialising in sexual health can be a practical resource for assisting you in overcoming emotions of shame or guilt related to masturbation. 

Ways To Control Your Urge For Masturbating

Masturbation is a normal thing to do, but it may quickly spiral out of control. Suppose you believe that your tendency to engage in masturbation is detrimental to the quality of your life as a whole. In that case, it is imperative that you recognise this fact and make an effort to alter your behaviour. Seek the assistance of a competent professional or a support group if you cannot handle this independently.

If this is the case, or if you want to reduce your masturbation for any other reason, the following is a list of ways that you can take to help you control the urge for masturbation. 

Stop watching porn

Getting rid of the things that make you want to masturbate, such as pornography, is the first step in cutting back. Pornographic websites can be blocked by blocking them, avoiding them, or using public computers where such behaviour is not permitted. Porn addiction can develop due to various circumstances, including an increase in the amount of pornographic content you consume and your participation in it. 

Consult a sex therapist 

If your masturbation habit interferes with your day-to-day activities, it's time to consult a therapist. An appropriately qualified therapist should seek out counselling for sexual issues. Seeking someone certified in sexual therapy can help you achieve this goal. Professional therapists have the necessary training, skills, and resources to assist you.

Join a support group

A support group can help you improve your habits and motivate you by giving you a sense of accountability. Having a group of people going through the same things can help alleviate some embarrassment you feel about masturbating.

Find something new to do

Making a conscious effort to focus elsewhere can be a helpful strategy. Consider taking up a new pastime that can replace your time masturbating. Begin focusing on your individual goals and write them down in a personal journal. Telling yourself that you will succeed can help you stay motivated. This will allow you to focus on something else and prevent you from having thoughts about masturbation again.

Change your daily routine.

Masturbation can occur anytime, but it's more common during certain times of the day. This could be when you wake up, wash your face, get ready for school or work, get ready for bed, or at any other time that has become habitual. If this is the case, it may be beneficial to try something new. If you find yourself in the mood for a long hot shower, consider switching to a short cold shower. Getting out of bed and starting your day with a healthy meal is good if you wake up early enough. Consider doing something more calming, such as closing your eyes and listening to peaceful music, if it's right before bed.

Set Goals and Mark Progress

As with anything else, it was quitting altogether can at first appear to be insurmountable. Gradually reduce the number of times you masturbate each day, to begin with. Even if this is done once a week, the idea is to quickly get the behaviour down to the appropriate level. As time goes on, your confidence to improve yourself will grow. In the long run, it does get a little easier. It's normal to experience setbacks, and that might be frustrating. However, only you have the power to pull yourself out of a slump.

Reduce the amount of time you spend alone.

People striving to alter their habits may find it difficult to relax. Instead of doing things alone, look for places where you can do them in groups. Go to a club or pub where you may watch your favourite sports instead of staying at home and watching Netflix. Hosting a party with friends might alleviate some pressure of waiting for the next episode of a favourite show. 

Final Words

For some men, discussing their masturbation habits can bring up feelings of embarrassment, remorse, or humiliation. Masturbation, however, is perfectly natural and healthy and should not be viewed as a moral failing. As a general rule, the health advantages of masturbating outweigh the risks.

It is considered a problem when masturbation becomes disruptive to everyday life and interpersonal connections (such as those with friends, family, coworkers, and love partners). Seeking the counsel of a health professional, and perhaps more specifically a sex therapist could prove beneficial in such a situation. 

Subscribe to our Newsletter

for the latest information, research and insights focused in sexual health, relationships and overwell wellbeing

CTA Banner

Feel in control

Start with a 3-minute assessment

Take our quick 3 minute quiz to understand the severity of your issue and how we can help.

Start with a 3-minute assessment

Take our quick 3 minute quiz to understand the severity of your issue and how we can help.