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Get A Grip: Potential Side Effects Of Masturbation

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Written by the UPGUYS Editorial Team
Published on September 18, 2022

92% of men masturbate for an average of about 14.8 times per month. However, don't let that number put you off. Medical experts have clarified that there is an average number because, well, in statistics, there is no "right" number.

These medical experts have also come out and clarified that there really aren't any major side effects of masturbation to worry about. In fact, masturbation is perfectly fine and often a healthy way for you to reduce stress and increase other happy hormones.

In short, masturbating is normal, and those myths you've heard are likely just that, myths. Let's walk you through some of the potential side effects of masturbation and quell any crazy myths you've heard (no, you won't go blind from pleasing yourself too often).

In this article, we'll talk about:

Are There Side Effects of Masturbation?

Some people believe that masturbation has negative side effects, such as causing impotence, hair loss, or blindness. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. In fact, masturbation can have several positive effects.

For example, it can help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality and self-esteem, and increase sexual pleasure. As a result, it is generally considered to be safe for both men and women.

However, while there are no proven side effects of masturbation, it is crucial to be mindful of how often you engage in this activity. If you find that you are masturbating excessively, it may be indicative of an underlying problem that should be addressed by a healthcare professional.

The Negative Effects of Masturbation

While there are no side effects of masturbating, there can be slightly negative effects on your health if you masturbate too frequently. The negative effects of masturbation depend on a variety of factors, including frequency, intensity, and underlying mental health.

1- Physical Effects of Masturbation

There might be side effects of excessive masturbation that include skin chafing. Likewise, if done with too much force, it can lead to bruising or even rupturing of blood vessels. In general, however, the physical effects of masturbation are mostly positive.

2- Psychological Effects of Masturbation

Excessive masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction and reduced sexual sensitivity. It can also interfere with normal sexual relations by creating unrealistic expectations or causing performance anxiety. 

In some cases, it may even be indicative of an underlying mental health disorder, such as OCD or addiction.

How To Deal With the Side Effects of Masturbation

Emotionally, the biggest side effects of masturbation can include guilt, shame, and anxiety. Additionally, some people may develop an addiction to masturbation. 

If you're experiencing any of these side effects, it is important to seek help from a therapist or counsellor. These professionals can help you learn how to deal with the side effects of masturbation in a healthy and positive way.

Physically, the most common side effect of masturbation is temporary soreness or discomfort in the genitals. This is usually caused by excessive rubbing or pressure on the genitals and can be relieved by taking a break from sexual activity for a few days.

False Beliefs About the Side Effects of Masturbation

You've probably heard them before, right? "Masturbation reduces your sperm count. Excessive masturbation can make you go blind. It's going to lower your sex drive." These false beliefs are pretty pervasive but ultimately totally false.

All of the following statements are false:

  1. Men in relationships don't masturbate
  2. Masturbation isn't normal
  3. Masturbation causes blindness
  4. You can masturbate too much (note that this is only dangerous if you've developed an addiction)

Masturbation is a perfectly normal part of a healthy sex life.

How To Know When You're Addicted to Masturbating

As mentioned, masturbation is really only "negative" or an "issue" when you've developed an addiction. How do you know you're addicted, though?

If you find that you're spending so much time masturbating that it's negatively impacting your ability to function in day-to-day life, or your relationship with your partner, then it may be time to seek help. 

Fortunately, many resources are available to those struggling with masturbation or pornography addiction, and treatment can be very successful.

Read more: Stop masturbation

Final Words: How To Avoid the Side Effects of Masturbation

We've all heard the warnings about the supposed dangers of masturbation. Too much self-love, we're told, can lead to addiction, erectile dysfunction, and even blindness. But when it comes down to it, there is no truth to these claims.

Masturbation is perfectly normal and healthy. Physically and emotionally, the only side effects of masturbation you can expect might be a little bit of tenderness in your skin if you engage in excessive masturbation or potential addiction.

To avoid the side effects of masturbation, simply try to ensure it's a part of a well-balanced lifestyle that includes other healthy activities such as exercise, family time, and wellness.

If you're worried about your performance or any other area of your sex life, check out the UPGUYS sex resources.

FAQs About Masturbation

From excessive masturbation to understanding whether or not there are side effects of masturbation, here are some of the most common questions the men in our community ask about masturbating and sexual health.

1- Can Masturbation Lead to Erectile Dysfunction?

Some experts believe that excessive masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction. This is because it can lead to a change in the way the brain responds to sexual stimuli.

In particular, it can desensitize the brain to the sexual arousal cues that are necessary for an erection. As a result, some men may find it difficult to get or maintain an erection when they are with a partner because they're so used to masturbating. 

2- Does Masturbation Cause Muscle Loss?

No, masturbation doesn't cause muscle loss. Your testosterone levels drop briefly after you orgasm, but the dip is temporary and won't affect your workout sessions or how much muscle you're able to build and maintain.

3- Does Masturbation Affect Immunity?

Masturbation can actually temporarily increase your immunity, yes. However, the study that produced those results measured a small population of men who masturbated to orgasm. So while that myth is pervasive and somewhat true, there's not a whole lot of evidence behind it.

4- Can Masturbation Cause Prostate Cancer?

The truth is that there is no link between the two. In fact, some studies suggest that regular ejaculation may actually help to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

5- Does Masturbation Lower Blood Pressure?

It can, yes. Some studies have shown that regular sexual activity, including masturbation, can help to lower blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. 

While the exact mechanism is not fully understood, it is believed that the release of sexual tension helps to relax the body and improve blood flow. In addition, orgasms have been shown to trigger the release of endorphins, which have mood-boosting and pain-relieving effects.


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