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What Happens if You Masturbate Too Much?

Looking back on the pandemic, when social distancing and stay-at-home orders took IRL sex off the table, you might have started masturbating more than you ever have before. (What else was there to do?) While there are clear benefits to masturbation—you’re not going to get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or accidentally impregnate your partner—you may now be wondering if you're in the habit of masturbating “too much.”

After all, excessive masturbation doesn’t have the best connotation. When we think of guys who masturbate every day, we think of pubescent boys hiding out in their locked rooms, attempting to break their daily “high record.” We don’t think of successful, grown men in loving relationships.

The truth, however, is there’s really no such “thing” as excessive masturbation. "Some people masturbate more than others," according to the International Society for Sexual Medicine. "There is no 'normal' frequency. Some do it daily, some weekly, and some rarely. Some never do." 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,” says Dan Drake, MFT, LPCC, a certified sex addiction therapist and clinical counselor.

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 masturbation 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, 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.

If you can’t complete a work task because you can’t stop thinking about masturbating, that’s when it becomes an issue. If you’re consistently watching porn at work or are you’re late to a meeting because you were masturbating in the bathroom, then you likely have a problem.

3) Your friendships suffer.

Do you cancel on friends because you'd rather stay home and masturbate? Are they getting annoyed by your constant flakiness? Then your masturbation habits could potentially be an issue.

We want to be clear: There's nothing wrong with reserving a night to get down with yourself. That's all well and good, and in fact, feel free to mark that in the calendar now! The cause for concern is when your need to jerk off has a clear negative effect on your relationships.

4) 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 Köhler.

5) You always think about masturbation.

You wake up wanting to masturbate. At lunch, your mind wanders to your favorite porn scene. Your commute home is almost unbearable, because you just want to sit on the couch with a beer and PornHub.

If any of this sounds familiar, and you often find yourself distracted by thoughts of when or how you’re going to yank it next, that’s a strong indication you have a problem, Drake says.

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If you realize you have a masturbation problem, what should you do about it?

“There’s nothing unhealthy or problematic with masturbating,” Drake says. “But if it becomes detrimental to your life, then you need to treat it like you would any other harmful habit.” That means doing one of two things: a) cutting yourself off cold turkey, at least for the time being; and b) adopting more of a “harm reduction” approach by setting limits for yourself—for example, making a rule to only masturbate at night.

Considering you probably don't want to give up solo orgasms for the rest of your life—masturbation is, after all, an integral part of any healthy sex life—you'll probably want to opt for the latter approach. Set rules for yourself and see if you can adhere to them. If you can't, and you find yourself slipping back into harmful old habits, consider seeing a therapist, as there might be a deeper psychological issue at play.

Bottom line? Indulging in a little self-love every now and then is fine. It's only when it gets in the way of your actual life—or your actual sex life—that it becomes a problem. But if it’s not negatively interfering with anything, then go ahead and masturbate to your heart’s content!

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How to Jerk Off - 13 Ways Men Masturbate

Most people with a penis learn to masturbate as quickly and quietly as possible. After all, when you're a testosterone-loaded adolescent, you have to content with the very real risk of your parents or siblings walking in and disturbing your, ah, personal time.

And there isn’t just a fear of getting caught jerking off—there’s also a lot of shame surrounding sexual pleasure when people are younger, says Dr. Uchenna “UC” Ossai, Pelvic PT, certified sexuality counselor and founder of YouSeeLogic, an online sexual education platform. “Few people were told that masturbating is natural and an excellent way to learn more about your sexual pleasure,” she says.

Those secretive, fast-and-furious masturbation habits can spill into adulthood, Shamyra Howard, sexologist and Men's Health advisory panel member, says in Men's Health Best. Sex. Ever. "Many guys are masturbating the same way they did when they were teens—all rushed," she says. "You need to change things up. If you're right-handed, use your left hand; involve sex toys; or try masturbating on your stomach. Also, don't focus only on your genitals. You have a whole body. Get your nipples, perineum, and anus involved."

The options might sound a little overwhelming. If you're sitting there thinking, I'll just go back to my old ways, thanks—WAIT! According to Howard, exploring new ways to masturbate can help benefit your sex life on the whole.

"As long as you're switching things up when you masturbate, you get an opportunity to explore and try different things with your body and to learn what you like," she says. "You can learn how you like your penis touched, which things turn you on, and which angles lead to more pleasure."

Try these 13 masturbation tips and techniques the next time you feel like getting down with yourself, and get ready to feel good—really good.

1) Change the position you masturbate in.

You’ve likely masturbated in the same position now for years, so try switching it up. “If you are a stander, try laying on your back. If you like to sit, stand up,” Dr. UC. says. “Changing positioning can improve your pelvic floor muscle resting tone, which can help improve the blood flow to your penis.” So changing up your masturbation positions won’t only feel good for the novelty, but it may also increase the strength of your erections.

2) Masturbate after you work out.

Do you ever feel really horny after working out? Well, there’s a reason for that. You release hormones while working out, including adrenaline and dopamine a.k.a. the so-called "feel-good" chemical. Dr. UC adds that it’s excellent to masturbate after working out “because your endorphins are quite high, blood flow is great, and your pelvic floor muscles are completely relaxed.”

3) Stimulate the taint (perineum).

"The perineum is the area between the penis and the anus. It's full of nerve endings and very sensitive, so providing some vibration to it can often feel really good," says LELO Sexpert and NYU professor of Human Sexuality Dr. Zhana Vrangalova.

Try pressing a vibrating sex toy to your perineum while stroking your penis with your other hand. Vrangalova recommends either the LELO Lily 2 or the LELO Smart Wand. It's "sure to provide a different kind of orgasm," she says. There are also prostate massagers on the market that stimulate your perineum.

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4) Use a Fleshlight (or another masturbation sleeve).

Sex toys aren't just for people with a vulva. For penis-owners, Emily Morse, a sex expert and host of the popular podcast Sex with Emily, recommends the Fleshlight, the popular handheld column that you slip over your junk to simulate the feel of real vaginal or anal sex. (You can even buy an accessory to free up both your hands.)

When you're done having fun, make sure you clean your Fleshlight properly!

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5) Use a vibrator for your penis.

Vibrators have traditionally been marketed to people with a vulva, which makes sense, given that most need some form of external clitoral stimulation in order to climax during penetrative sex. But recent years have seen an increase in vibrating sex toys designed for dicks, because honestly, those vibrations can feel really damn good on penises, too! One 2012 study found that 44% of heterosexual men had enjoyed the experience of using a vibrator at some point in their life, so don't be shy about trying some of these toys.

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6) Incorporate anal play.

"A lot of men, especially those who identify as straight, regularly miss out on a huge source of pleasure: their butts," Vrangalova says. "Butts (of all genders) have a huge number of nerve endings and stimulating them can feel really good. If you have a prostate that you can (indirectly) reach this way, that anal stimulation can be literally mind-blowing. "

So how do you bring a little butt play into your next masturbation session? Vrangalova recommends using your hand or a prostate massage toy.

She recommends the LOKI Wave, which "has a nice long handle you can hold with one hand while you stroke with the other, and the wave motion of the internal vibrating part hits the prostate just right."

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7) Put a cock ring on it.

A cock ring—also known as a penis ring—is a band and that goes around the base of your penis (and sometimes your testicles, too), trapping blood flow in your shaft and thereby strengthening your erection. Cock rings often come up in conversations about how to last longer during partnered sex, but there's no reason not to reap their rock-hard benefits during solo sex. Speaking of benefits: In addition to stronger erections, some guys anecdotally say that cock rings give them stronger orgasms.

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8) Switch up your grip and speed of stroking.

    Ever heard of the "death grip"? If you find yourself having a hard time reaching orgasm during sex with a partner, it might be because you're squeezing your penis too hard and stroking too fast during masturbation.

    "This amount of grip pressure and stroke speed cannot typically be reached with a partner, hence their orgasmic difficulties," Vrangalova says. "To prevent this from happening, make sure you switch up the grip and stroking speed, so you're used to ejaculating in different ways."

    9) Try edging.

    The 5-minute speed jerk is fine for most days. But if you have a little extra time, “edging”—also called the stop-and-start method—can help you achieve more intense orgasms, Morse promises.

    Work yourself right up to the edge of ejaculation and then take a short break—just enough time for your erection to soften a bit. Then start the process over again. Do this three or four times before you orgasm, and you’ll experience more profound, powerful ejaculations, Morse says.

    10) Switch hands.

    You’ve probably tried incorporating your non-dominant hand into your solo act. You may have even attempted the mythical “Stranger”—sitting on your hand until it falls asleep, and then using it to simulate the sensation of someone else doing the dirty work. But Morse advises using your opposite hand in more creative ways.

    Turn your hand so it slides down your penis forefinger-first, and twist it as you stroke. You could also try holding your penis against your stomach with one hand while rapidly sliding a few fingers up and down the underside of your shaft. Like switching positions during sex, mixing in unfamiliar hand maneuvers can break up the tedium, Morse says.

    11) Bring your balls into the mix.

    There are nearly as many sex-specific nerve endings in your testicles as there are in your penis. Don’t neglect them, Morse urges.

    While individual preferences and sensitivities play a big role in what you’ll enjoy, a lot of men discover an untapped source of stimulation—and more intense orgasms—by pulling down on their testicles rhythmically before ejaculation.

    Some guys learn to ignore their penis entirely as they approach the big O, Morse says.

    12) Masturbate with a partner.

    Masturbation entails sexually pleasuring yourself, but it does not mean you have to do it alone in a room with the door locked. Masturbation side-by-side with a partner can be an intimate experience—not to mention an easy, sexy option for when you're both too tired to do anything fancy. "Sex is so much more than penetration," Howard says. "Sex is any type of emotional, spiritual, physical, or erotic connection, and that includes mutual masturbation."

    Plus, watching how your partner touches their own body can be a great way to learn exactly what they like in bed, and vice versa.

    13) Focus on the pleasure—not the orgasm.

    We know it sounds counterintuitive, but the less you obsess about climaxing, the more enjoyable your sexual experience is likely to be. In our race to have an orgasm, we often end up overlooking the most important aspect of a sexual experience: pleasure. If you have time on your hands, do what feels good—not what you think will get you over the finish line fastest.

    "Most people masturbate because they want that release, but allow yourself to focus on the moment of intimacy between you and yourself," Howard says.

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    What happens if you masturbate every day? And is it harmful?

    More recently, masturbation was such a sin that was considered harder than murder. In fact! The severity is the same, only the indelible shame was added. And so that young boys would not take it into their heads to set foot on such a lost path, this action was shrouded in numerous legends. What happens if you masturbate every day?

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    • 1 Wow! Suddenly
    • 2 Is there any harm in masturbation?
    • 3 What happens if you masturbate every day? Nothing good
    • 4 But what about the girls? And then the girls…
    • 5 And what to do?
    • 6 Is it harmful to masturbate every day?

    Your penis will fall off, you will not die immediately like a man, but the whole city will mock you! If someone finds out, you will not live. Approximately such answers could have been heard quite in the recent past. Now the attitude to this issue has changed and you can talk about this topic without any fantasies. Moreover, for some people (especially young people) it will not be superfluous to read this at all.

    Wow! Unexpectedly

    Today, doctors say that their own body even useful to learn the way of masturbation. In addition, the first desires appear in young people at a fairly early age. At the same time, find a partner in such early age is very difficult, and it is not desirable. Then how about the boys meet your needs? Yes, through masturbation. By the way, doctors it is said that such an action is not only safe in moderation, but also even helpful.

    For example, no one has ever gotten pregnant from masturbation (it would be ridiculous, right?). However, it is very important aspect. After all, teenagers masturbate very often, and if all their actions were directed at their peers, then for sure, nothing good would come of it out.

    Again, masturbation does not cause STDs diseases. And this is also a big plus. Well, what kind of teenager would rush to the doctor, What if I got some kind of infection? Self-treatment would begin, which is unknown what could have resulted.

    Masturbation - a method of quick relaxation, this is also nowhere don't get away. After self-satisfaction, he falls asleep very well and quickly, no problems with getting an orgasm - here for sure - your own hand is the lord, work until victorious end.

    Is there any harm in masturbation?

    If you give yourself pleasure by masturbation only periodically, then the body will respond to the action quite positively. But overly frequent masturbation can be harmful. And this is not a legend of the last century to scare teenagers.

    Doctors say (and they can be trusted) that a person who masturbates too often (for example, daily) may have difficulties in communicating with the opposite sex in the near future. Well, now his body is used to getting an orgasm from amateur performance, and the person already knows how to make himself better, when stronger, when weaker, when slower, when faster.

    So he gets pleasure only from his beloved. And with a woman, this must be explained somehow! Yes, and try to please her, otherwise the rumor will go that you are a mattress in bed ... In short, there is such a problem, doctors do not lie.

    If the situation is started, then such fears can engender in complexes for a man. The person becomes closed, unsociable. Such a person has most likely, if normal sex happens, he will most likely endure failure. And even then he will firmly drive himself into psychological difficulties. For him masturbation will be the only way to get yourself a sexual pleasure.

    And there is another side of such pleasure - a person who who often orgasms unaided may orgasm in quite unforeseen situation. Something inspired, pressed somewhere and ... M-yes, an unpleasant and embarrassing situation may occur.

    Masturbation is also dangerous because a large part of those who engaged in young people, teenagers. Giving too much to your satisfaction time, they just obsess over sexual matters. At the same time, frequent masturbation weakens the body too much. And given that the reproductive system teenager is not yet fully formed, you can imagine what the still fragile body is under load. Here, in fact, you're afraid that the pipe will fall off.

    It seems that it cannot be that forces can be lost due to such a “little thing”. They can. Some kindergarten teachers very often noted that it is not uncommon for children who begin to masturbate when they go to sleep in kindergarten.

    If their actions are not stopped in time, the matter may go too far. So, one teacher wrote, a 4-year-old girl rubbed her pubis against the joint of a folding bed so much that the child had to be brought to life and soldered with hot tea. Yes, masturbation can start from that age.

    What happens if you masturbate every day? Nothing good

    Increased risk of damaging one's genitals. An elementary scratch, then masturbation with dirty hands (and before that few who wash their hands with soap and carefully wipe their penis), so it is listed infection. Yes, let it not be a venereal disease, but pain, it is pain. To whom will it be easier if the sore is called differently?

    And our doctors also say that there is such a thing as addiction. Say, you get used to masturbation (and if you masturbate daily, try not to get used to it!), and then you generally need nothing and no one else. At all. Because there is an addiction.

    What about the girls? And then the girls…

    Speaking of masturbation, we usually immediately imagine a man who, somewhere in the toilet, plays his unfortunate cock until he's blue in the face. BUT what about the girls? They don't want to have fun this way?

    Scientists say that women engage in self-satisfaction much less frequently. Although, for example, they do not experience severe sexual exhaustion, compared to the male body. Everything is explained simply - girls sexually mature much later than men. Well, and ... remember for yourself, in order for a man to want a woman, it is enough that there is just a woman, for a woman to want a man, it is enough that there is a beloved man. Well, what kind of beloved will we talk about if his role is played by an ordinary finger? The young ladies, somehow everything is too tricky.

    In addition, again, as scientists say, most often women masturbate already at a serious age. For example, a husband cannot bring a lady to orgasm, she groans and gasps on the bed, and then runs to the bathroom and brings herself to ecstasy by masturbation. It is clear that such "hot" sex does not take place every night, so masturbation is not too frequent.

    Or another example - an aunt already mature decided to deliver herself pleasure. Well ... now, for example ... Yeah, only she needs to do the dishes first ... and now ... wait a minute, I need to check my son's lessons. And in general, it is better to lock yourself in bathroom, when the son falls asleep ... Damn, I fell asleep, but I really want to sleep ... Yes, well, this orgasm, something tomorrow think up. Approximately like this.

    In short, our ladies will have enough masturbation 1-2 times a a week that doctors only welcome.

    And what to do?

    To prevent masturbation from becoming a problem, men are allowed to do it no more than 4 times a week, and women enough 1-2 times.

    At the same time, hygiene rules must be observed - we decided pamper yourself, treat your health with respect, wash hands with soap. If intimate toys are used (in fact, why not?), be sure to keep them clean. This is extremely important.

    Avoid doing this spicy business anywhere except own home. Why do you need unforeseen situations? Home is the fastest relaxation will come, and there will be no consequences.

    If you are afraid of involuntary ejaculation, it is better to reduce watching erotic films or completely remove them for a while.

    Be afraid of what is called "habit". From habit to addiction is no longer one step, if a habit has appeared, then you are already "hooked up". And "hooked" means you no longer belong to yourself.

    Be free, healthy and happy.

    Is it harmful to masturbate every day?

    Masturbation is normal and extremely common. Not only boys and girls in adolescence resort to this method of sexual satisfaction. Most men and women do this. The only difference is that some people rarely masturbate, while others may do it several times a day.

    A natural question arises: is there such a thing as excessive masturbation? How will your body react if you masturbate every day?

    Don't worry, masturbation is actually not only not harmful, but even beneficial in moderation. Of course, if it should not become a complete replacement for a full-fledged sexual intercourse. And daily, weekly, monthly - all this is personal preference.

    In addition to simple sexual satisfaction, frequent masturbation has many other benefits. For example, it increases your self-esteem, reduces your stress levels and helps you know exactly how you can achieve pleasure.

    Of course, even good habits can become unhealthy if abused. There are a number of conditions that should alert you:

    • masturbation is felt as an urgent need;
    • self-gratification is no longer pleasurable due to pain, numbness, or loss of pleasurable sensations;
    • Masturbation affects your ability to get a sense of satisfaction with a partner during intercourse.

    Physical risks are negligible. Yes, there are cases when some men as a result of intense action (and in the absence of lubrication) harmed the penis.

    But masturbation is the only form of sexual expression that does not carry the risk of STIs. Contrary to popular belief, masturbation also does not increase the risk of prostate cancer and in no way reduces the quantity or quality of semen.

    Some men believe that frequent masturbation can lead to infertility, but there is no evidence to support these beliefs. What's more, numerous studies confirm that self-gratification can actually increase male fertility.

    Doctors say that if you masturbate every day, you don't risk anything. And the biggest risk of frequent masturbation has more to do with how you masturbate than how often you masturbate.

    And if you are afraid that daily masturbation will reduce your libido, you can relax, there is no reason for this. In fact, masturbation will only inflame passion. Men will be able to get rid of erectile dysfunction, and women, regularly caressing themselves, will forget about vaginal dryness.

    In general, masturbation is a healthy, safe and normal habit, and you don't have to worry about masturbating "too much". There is no right or wrong way to masturbate.

    You can do it alone or masturbate while having sex with your partner. Many couples practice self-enjoyment to find out what they particularly enjoy sexually and what helps them reach orgasm faster.

    8 myths about masturbation that prevent her from doing

    Masturbation is the easiest and safest form of self-pleasure. It is practiced by people of all genders and ages. This is a way of knowing your body that helps in your personal life, and does not destroy it. We talk about the myths that surround masturbation and make it something shameful, although this is not at all the case.

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    Myth 1. Those who masturbate are dissatisfied with sex in a relationship

    Masturbation is not a substitute for sex with a partner, but an addition to it. With the help of self-satisfaction, you can relax quickly and without foreplay. Sometimes a person needs it, but the partner is not around or there is no mood for long-term romantic sex. Or just a person equally strongly loves to masturbate and have sex. There is nothing wrong.

    Moreover, there is a possibility that masturbation helps in sexual relations. The better you know your body and what it likes, the more you can tell your partner about your preferences in sex. A 2020 survey of women in the US and Hungary showed the following statistics: women who regularly masturbate are more interested in having an orgasm from sex and pay more attention to their feelings during the process. So masturbation is more of a key to orgasm than a hindrance to it.

    Myth 2. Children should not masturbate, it has a bad effect on the psyche

    Masturbation in childhood is an element of the formation of the psyche, and not its destroyer. Between the ages of 2 and 5, children treat their own and other people's genitals not as a sexual object, but as a curious phenomenon.

    Children under 5 years old touch their intimate places, they respond with pleasant sensations, and this causes increased interest. This is the norm.

    If a child touches himself in public, parents are advised to hint that this activity is very pleasant, but intimate. And that adults also do this, but not in public, but in their room. The main thing is not to forbid and not to say that it is bad and wrong.

    Researchers also suggest that masturbation in childhood and adolescence contributes to a positive sexual experience in the future and healthy self-esteem.

    Myth 3. You can't masturbate too much, otherwise you can lose control

    There are no limits to masturbation, because everyone has their own need for self-satisfaction. This is the kind of pleasure that cannot be overdone.

    Don't worry if you feel like you're masturbating too much. Once a day is fine, five times a day is also fine.

    Masturbation can only become a problem if it interferes with a normal life. If it's hard for you not to think about masturbation when you go to work, meet friends and family - the daily need becomes like an obsessive irresistible desire - then you should contact a psychologist for help.

    Myth 4. Masturbation causes hair to grow or, on the contrary, to fall out

    This is a myth. Masturbation does not affect hair growth anywhere in either women or men.

    Medical News Today even speculates where this myth originated. There is an exotic theory that during an orgasm, a man releases seminal fluid rich in protein. These losses allegedly affect hair growth. But if you take up a calculator, the theory collapses. The ejaculate contains about 5 mg of protein per 100 ml. And only 3.5 ml of ejaculate is released during orgasm. These protein losses are so insignificant that the body simply does not pay attention to them.

    Myth 5. Masturbation can stimulate early menstruation

    This is not true, masturbation does not affect the cycle and cannot shift it. But it can relieve pain during menstruation.

    During orgasm, endorphins are released. They act on the body as an anesthetic, so at the peak of pleasure, pain in the lower abdomen can pass.

    Myth 6. Vibrators can damage the nerve endings in the vagina

    No, vibrators and other sex toys are recognized by the medical community as safe and cannot damage anything in the nervous system. They are designed to excite the receptors and bring pleasure, not discomfort.

    Adverse reactions from the use of a vibrator do occur, but they are quite rare and harmless. In 2009, they published data from a large-scale survey of two thousand US women about their relationship with a vibrator. 71.5% of them stated that they had never encountered discomfort during use, and 16.5% noted that they had a slight numbness. The remaining 12% experienced pain or irritation of the mucosa after using the vibrator. Because the details are unknown, it's hard to judge if the vibrator is to blame or if the woman just put in too much force when she masturbated.

    In other words, vibrators don't usually cause problems. Watch how you feel and remember to wash your sex toys before and after use to avoid catching an infection.

    Myth 7. Masturbation affects testosterone levels and lowers it

    In short, masturbation does not affect testosterone levels in the long term. It may grow for a short time, and then return to normal again.

    Testosterone is a key muscle building hormone. It helps muscles synthesize protein and helps increase growth hormone in the blood during exercise.

    It is believed that during sex and masturbation, testosterone levels fall and muscles grow less intensively because of this. Therefore, some athletes practice abstinence. The New York Times wrote that Muhammad Ali did not have sex for 6 weeks in a row before boxing matches.

    During sex, the level of testosterone really changes - it increases. But it has been proven that after a few minutes it returns to normal values ​​and does not affect the strength and endurance of a person.

    How quickly testosterone returns to normal after masturbation was not tested in the study. But if after sex the hormone returns to normal, it is logical that something similar happens during masturbation. Therefore, if you are not an Olympic athlete, you can not limit yourself to masturbation. If hormone levels are extremely important to you, then there is no exact data yet.

    Myth 8. The more you masturbate, the less you want to have sex

    There is no such relationship. It is believed that masturbation affects sexual desire only positively. When a person and his partner are well aware of each other's sensitive points, the desire to have sex and have fun only increases.

    During masturbation, the hormone testosterone is activated, which increases libido.

    The truth about masturbation looks like this

    Masturbation is normal. Almost everyone does this. But if you don’t like to masturbate and don’t feel like it, that’s okay too.

    Masturbation is good for health. It is known that it helps to fall asleep faster and more soundly, relieves emotional stress, relieves menstrual pain.

    Masturbation helps you get to know your body better. It increases self-esteem, self-love, and also affects the quality of sex. It will become more sensual and brighter if you do not waste time looking for erogenous zones.

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