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Will sperm count increase if one stops masturbating?

i have been masturbating for 5 years 2times a day .i masturbate by scratching the penis in bed now a days my sperm content is very low and it started coming suddenly.if i stop for 8 years it will i get more sperm count and longer sex.my heamoglobin count is around 8 which is very low is this due to masturbation please give some idea i cant control it everyday when i am alone its very hard .how can i become a healthy person i am 19 yrs old will get syphilis or any STD
Tue, 16 Jul 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

Masturbation does not lead to any sexually transmitted disease.
Excessive masturbation and thus ejaculation leads to decrease in semen amount in subsequent ejaculation.
An abstinence of 1-2 days will bring back the semen amount to normal.
Masturbation is a harmless habit but an excess can have deleterious effect like skin related problems in the external genitalia, however, sexually transmitted disease will not be acquired by simply masturbating alone.
Low hemoglobin occurs due to nutritional deficiencies, blood loss, increased breakdown of red blood cells. etc.
A complete hemogram and red cell indices are required to know the cause of low hemoglobin.
Management can be planned after getting these investigations done.
Masturbation does not lead to low hemoglobin content.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
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General & Family Physician Dr. Athish Peter Margos R's  Response
Masturbation is part of normal human sexuality.By masturbating you are reaching your orgasm and ejaculating,which means that you lose sperms.When it is done at the frequency that you have mentioned,sperm stores will definitely decrease.Weakness in erection will also occur.But ,sperm production mechanism is not affected.So,if time is given sperm stores will be refilled.It takes about 3-4 days for formation and maturation of sperms.So a gap of 1 week or so without masturbation should bring the sperm count back to normal.Persistent low sperm counts would require more detailed investigation.So also does your aneamia. Hb of 8 is too low for your age and sex and it is unlikely that masturbation had anything to do with it.
In the longer run it is advisable that you try and get out of this masturbation habit.Just like smoking or alcohol its an addiction.Try to reduce the frequency in the beginning and then slowly crawl out of it.Some measures like loose dress, diet and exercise also have a role in increasing sperm counts.
All the best for your future.
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