Urology: True or False: Masturbating Too Much Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Who hasn’t already read or heard that it is not good for men to masturbate, as it risks causing erectile dysfunction? But what is it really? Uwe Bieri, urologist at Baden Hospital, Switzerland, takes stock of the issue and the real risks, in this month of May which is International Masturbation Month.

It is said that men who masturbate a lot are at risk of erectile dysfunction. What about it?

Quite the contrary. Men who masturbate a lot experience a positive effect on their ability to orgasm. This is because masturbation causes the pelvic floor muscles to contract and tone them.

Unlike masturbation alone, high pornography consumption can have negative effects.

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So where does this preconceived idea come from?

Probably because a large number of people associate masturbation with pornography consumption, which is obviously absurd. There is a link between increased erectile dysfunction and easy access to pornography. In heavy users, this causes desensitization to “normal” sexual stimuli, which leads to a decrease in erectile capacity.

So it’s pornography’s fault?

Not in itself and not only, but heavy consumption of pornography can lead to unrealistic expectations regarding one’s own sex life or that of one’s partner, and thus cause performance pressure and anxiety, which can contribute to erectile dysfunction. .

What could be the other causes?

Depending on the cultural or religious context or one’s own values, masturbation can arouse a feeling of guilt, particularly because it is considered a sin. In the worst cases, such a feeling can generate anxiety and depression, which in turn negatively affects sexual function.

What happens in the body when a man masturbates?

A preconceived idea, according to which masturbation reduces testosterone levels, also circulates. However, there is no conclusive scientific data. In fact, testosterone levels even rise briefly during ejaculation. In this context, various feel-good hormones (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins) are released.

Sex toys and other accessories can bring diversification to masturbation.

Sex toys and other accessories can bring diversification to masturbation.

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Very good, but is it possible to masturbate too much?

Actually no. At least as long as masturbation doesn’t interfere with other activities and daily life. It can bring balance to a relationship in which both partners do not have the same sexual appetite. Masturbation also allows those who are not in a relationship to reach orgasm, not to mention that it is a way of taking care of yourself and discovering your own body. Some studies even suggest a link between a high frequency of ejaculations, whether during sexual intercourse or as part of masturbation, and a reduced risk of prostate cancer. However, further studies are needed to verify this hypothesis.

So, there is no problem in masturbating.

If someone makes masturbation a routine and always indulges in it at a specific time, in a specific position, for a specific duration or in a specific pattern, habituation results. This can be problematic if sexuality with the partner deviates from it. But this is not inevitable. In principle, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

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