Masturbation is a common activity. It’s a natural and safe way to explore your body, feel pleasure, and release built up sexual tension. It occurs among people of all backgrounds, genders, and races. Despite the myths, there are actually no physically harmful side effects of masturbation.
However, excessive masturbation can harm your relationships and everyday life. Other than that, masturbation is a fun, normal, and healthy act. Keep reading to learn more about the side effects and potential health benefits of masturbating.
Side Effects of Masturbation
Masturbation doesn’t have any harmful side effects. However, some people may feel guilty about masturbating or have issues with chronic masturbation.
Masturbation and Guilt
Some people may feel guilty about masturbating because of cultural, spiritual, or religious beliefs. Masturbation is neither wrong or immoral, but you still may still hear the messages that self-pleasure is “dirty” and “shameful.”
If you feel guilty over masturbating, speak with someone you trust about why you feel this way and how you can move past that guilt. Therapists that specialise in sexual health may be a good resource.
Addiction to Masturbation
Some people can and do develop an addiction to masturbation. You may be spending too much time masturbating if it causes you to:
- Skip your chores or daily activities
- Miss work or school
- Cancel plans with friends or family
- Miss important social events
Addiction to masturbation can harm your relationship and other parts of your life. Masturbating too much may interrupt your work on studies, which can lower productivity. It may also hurt your romantic relationships and friendships, because you don’t spend as much time with your loved ones as you used to, or don’t pay attention to their needs.
If you are worried you may have an addiction to masturbation, speak with your doctor or a counsellor about ways to cut down on masturbating. You could also cut down by doing other activities as a replacement. Next time you have an urge to masturbate, try:
- Going for a run
- Going to the gym
- Going for a walk
- Spending time with friends
Masturbation is a healthy, natural, and safe way to practice self-care and improve your health. Masturbating may have many benefits for your mind and body. Despite the possibility of addiction, there are no harmful side effects. feel free to enjoy self-pleasure without guilt or shame. Speak with a therapist, a doctor here at Moorgate Andrology or someone you trust about any negative feeling you have.