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Signs of Unhealthy Masturbation

By on March 10, 2013

Okay brothers let’s face it, ever since we’ve discovered the joys of self-stimulation in adolescence, some of us have been indulging to the point of excess. There’s a danger in too much masturbation, it seems that excessive stimulation can result in over production of sex hormones and neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin. Jargon aside, this can change the body chemistry in significant ways.

Abundant and unusually large amount of these hormones and neurotransmitters can cause the brain and adrenal glands to perform excessive dopamine-norepinephrine-epinephrine conversion, simply the body and brain chemistry begin to show signs of “wear and tear”  and in turn the brain and body functions become different.  This is not to scare you into not masturbating.

Masturbation (in my Dr. Ruth voice) is a healthy sexual behavior. But like other behaviors, when over practiced it can lead to both psychological and physiological imbalances.

The side effects of such changes to the body include:

  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Lower back pain
  • Thinning hair, hair loss
  • Soft erection
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Eye floaters or fuzzy vision
  • Testicular Pain
  • Pain or cramp in the pelvic cavity or tail bone

But what is “too much” masturbation? There is no FDA “daily allowance” but you do need to self-assess, by asking a few questions:

  1. Is your masturbation causing you distress?
  2. Is your masturbation causing (unwanted) physical pain or damage?
  3. Is your masturbation getting in the way of your life in unwanted ways?
  4. Do you find yourself literally unable to stop masturbating?

Answering yes to just one of these questions could be cause for concern. It also doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out there who masturbate everyday (or more) and who are completely healthy and have no reason to masturbate less.  There is no magic number, and we all use sex differently.

But if you really think you’re masturbating too much it may be something you want to talk to a professional about.  If you need some help finding a certified sexuality professional in your area you can visit the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors Therapists website, where they offer a a referral list of professionals in your area.


  1. Staff Contributor

    March 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Research indicates masturbation to be ‘normal’ and common. I’d recommend talking to a professional if it becomes an issue in your life.

  2. Jim Love

    March 18, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I always do masturbation. I feel great when I do it and I want to know that is that any side effect?

  3. Terry

    November 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Is this really true?! WOW! Well, I answered yes to some of those questions…Guess I need help!

  4. Staff Contributor

    September 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Interesting that this particular article is seen as a scare tactic in comparison to other health issues. It is my hope this information helps somebody somewhere. In fact, I hope this is true for the entire website. It is the mission to taise awareness.

  5. houstonmacbro

    September 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    It reminds me of the scare tactics of yore. If that were the case we’d all have hairy palms, inability to sleep or eat, and we’d all wear glasses. Wait, I have all of those … I wonder… (just kidding).

  6. Staff Contributor

    September 22, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Mark, I can appreciate your comment. Thanks for leaving it. AS EIC, I think the message here is really “too much of a good thing” can be unhealthy in ways that do not increase HIV/STD risk. I take full responsibility for the content. Thanks again for commenting.

  7. mark behar

    September 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Total bullshit, especially “The side effects of such changes to the body include…”

    Author didn’t even have the courage to identify themselves on the article, or check with medical researchers who have published studies on the healthfulness of ejaculation (masturbation or sex with a partner that doesn’t increase risk of any STD).


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