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Signs of Unhealthy Masturbation
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:
- Is your masturbation causing you distress?
- Is your masturbation causing (unwanted) physical pain or damage?
- Is your masturbation getting in the way of your life in unwanted ways?
- 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.