What is Masturbation?

Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm.

The stimulation may involve hands, fingers, everyday objects, sex toys or combinations of these. Mutual masturbation, mutual manual stimulation of the genitals between partners, can be a substitute for sexual penetration. Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder.

Masturbation has been depicted in art since prehistoric times and is mentioned and discussed in very early writings. In the 18th and 19th centuries, some European theologians and physicians described it as "heinous", "deplorable", and "hideous", but during the 20th century, these taboos generally declined. There has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature. Today, religions vary in their views of masturbation; some view it as a spiritually detrimental practice, some see it as not spiritually detrimental, and others take a situational view. The legal status of masturbation has also varied through history and masturbation in public is illegal in most countries.

In the West, masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual enjoyment. Animal masturbation has been observed in many species, both in the wild and in captivity.

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Hi Doctor

I am having 2-3 black/dark spots on my penis (mainly at the bottom part), red irritation is only at the area surrounding these spots and i have a discomfort feeling when my underwear fabric rubs against it. i did not have sex for the past 30 days or more, but i have a chronic masturbation habit, could these spots be caused by masturbation?! i don't show other signs such as fatigue or fever, etc... please help me and confirm that its not herpes! Many Thanks

doctor1 MD

feels like you are having pustules ...filled with blood..pain on touching fabric.....coz lots of sabaceous glands are in get antibiotic ,...or topical.... with hot compreses...go to ER

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sir i have chronic masturbation habit since 2001 to till now . starting 10-12 time per week continously 5 years . after 2008 i was reduced the mausterbation 05-07 per week
now i m mausterbating occationally
i m single
i m a chronic smoker nd drinker .
i have muscle weak nd eretile dysfunction nd deperession
last week i went lab nd gave my semen for test
the report is
i have 60lakh sperm count
dead 91%
sluggish 09%
pus cells- 15-25
epithelial cells- 12-24 hpf
no active spermatozoa seen....
i beg u sir
my problem is cureable or un cureable
i m gng to depressive episode my family members told to marriage
nw what i want to do ?
my problem can be treated
plz help me sir

doctor1 MD

It is curable for sure
Please stop smoking and alcohol
Check your Morning Testosterone level and revert back
Dr Saatiish Jhuntrraa

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(please be serious) I m 12 and I m a chronic masterbater. I m constantly going at it. This one time I finished and I notiiced this little red bump and i tried to pop it, but it just got reder. Then the next time I masterbated I felt irritation and when I finished it was so itchy I kept waking up and getting wet towels trying to ease it. After more masturbation it s now red around the tip thing.(i have a cicumsised penis ). I got another of those b umps and the other is puffy now and the itching is worse.(it gets a little more better if i dont masturbate) I dont wanna go to a doctor to get examined but im willing to buy something at a pharmacy.

doctor1 MD


welcome to healthcare magic

first of all you should immediately stop masterbating or atleast till your bump heal

because over-masturbation will lead to sexual under performance by way of premature ejaculation, as well as other sexual problems.

Normally, masturbation is a healthy sexual...

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I am 28 yeas old. I am into the habit of Masturbate for the past 12 yrs..... And now i feel that my penis erection is very bad. I am getting married next year. Is it possible to get my penis erection back. If not, i can take action to stop the marriage.... Kindly advice me....

doctor1 MD

masturbation is normal thing in should take the opinion of psychiatrist to allay anxiety and solve your per your saying it seems more psychological rather than organic.

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Hi i had QQQ;does mastribution effect people?

doctor1 MD

Hello Asdf

Welcome here on HCM.
Masturbation releases your sexual pressure by yourself.
Thus it eases your sexual tension so improve your health.
Your body produces semen that can not be stored unlimited in the body so nature try to ejaculate it by night fall or induces the person to masturbate....

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I have read on many websites that masturbation can change the sensitivity of a mans penis. I also read that stopping masturbation for awhile can bring back sensitivity making it easier for a man to ejaculate during intercourse is this true? If so can i still masturbate? Which would probably be healthy every other day,once a week,,maybe three times a month?

doctor1 MD

Welcome to and myself Dr. Atishay Bukharia would be answering your questions..

various studies have suggested that twice weekly is ideal frequency for masturbation. masturbation has nothing to do with increase or decrease sensitivity.

Hope it helps

If you have any other...

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I am 22 year old male I want to know can excessive masturbation causes infertility am masturbating 3- 4 times daily from last 3 to 4 years now I am worried about my future will it affect my marred life or I should have to consult a doctor or not?

doctor1 MD

Thanks for the query

God has been very kind to us men. Sperms gets produced every single day, so there is nothing to worry about. Your infertility cannot be due to excessive masturbation, u wont have weaker kids nor have reduced sex drive

Have a healthy living

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I am 32 year male Married I am suffrenig from eraction and as well as Prematural ejaculation. When i involved with foreplay d\in the middel i lose erection also and at the time of intercousre i ejaculate within a minute, I hope u understand my problem and will suggest some remides to it. Thanking you

doctor1 MD

Hi, Welcome to Healthcare Magic Forum.
You are suffering from Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction. First get yourself examined by a Urologist. Increase the duration of Foreplay. For Premature Ejaculation, masturbate a hour before you have sex. You may need antidepressants, topical...

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sir i have severe night fall it usually happen during sexual dream.actually i have hypertryphoid pipelia from childhood & also loss of erectness, no complete urination & regular night fall. now i m 24 years old & treated with anal dilation , my condition is better than earlier, but i night fall regularly usually 3-4 times in a week. does it harm

doctor1 MD

Night fall is normal when one get excited in dream or otherwise.Normally in adult male the semen is continuously produced in testis.In some male it gets emptied by either masturbation or by sexual excitement at the time relation.But if this does not happen it will fine its way out by this night...

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Mouth ulcers masturbation? y is it it harmfull

doctor1 MD

welcome to healthcaremagic,

Mastrubation has nothing to do woth your mouth ulcers. They are probably because of lack of sleep or deficiency of vitamins

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Recent questions on  Masturbation

doctor1 MD

I am 26 year old male. I did too much masturbation without knowing whether it is bad or not. Now I am feeling that I am not good enough for girl. I am fully frustrated with my future. I am confused whether I can go for marriage. Is there anyway to rectify the problem. I am looking forward your consultancy.

doctor1 MD

hi doc, i am male 29 from india, past 2 months i am facing a problem during having sexual intercourse, i tend to loose my erection before i climax, but when i mastrubate i am able to hold the erection until i climax, this is too much frustrating, i am not able to find a solution to this please help me. and 1 more thing while having intercourse i am taking a long time to climax this is also for past 2 months

doctor1 MD

Hi me and my girlfriend haven't had sex in two months because she a surgery on her vagina so during the the three month span she has been masturbating me sometimes for long periods and probally a a month ago my stomach has started to feel funny like make noises and lil pains I just wanna know is the masturbation messed something up enternally?

doctor1 MD

I am 24 and I live in india

. I never had sex with anyone in my whole life but I have been masturbating since 15 years irregularly, I mean first 5 years on daily basis twice a day then next five years may on one day after basis and then last five years almost twice a week. I never used hands to perform it but I always did it by rubbing my penis onto pillow type soft things. Whenever I performed masturbation, I prolonged it for 3-4 hours at each time I did it.

Now I am suffering real bad results. My marriage is going to be fixed soon and I am so much tensed and worried about my current situation. I totally consider my self incapable to have sex with a girl.

Please help me and suggest me the best remedy which really can cure my problems.

My current symptoms are as follow:

Premature ejaculations

Eyes are sensitive to sunlight right after the night when I masturbated

Cold, thin and odourless semen

Erectile dysfunction (weak and incomplete erection), even at the time when I masturbate

Curved, flaccid, withered, thin and small penis, also veins are prominent at each side of penis

Withered, hanging and flaccid testes (scrotums)

Loss of amazement at the time of ejaculation

No specific urge to sex

Seldom, dribbling after urination

Seldom, knee pain

Hair falling but not so much

Body is not muscular

Not much power remained to lift weight as I had earlier when I was teenager


Even though, I am suffering all above mentioned symptoms, but I feel some positive things still in me like:

Night emissions are regular

I didn’t notice any seminal discharge at the time of urination

Still not so much weakness in body except seasonal

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