Is Masturbation Really Healthful For Men?
This is a question I started asking when I was a teenager with an addiction to Masturbation.
I’m sharing this information about myself, and about the reality of Masturbation to HELP you; and also to expose YOU to the Truth of who I am, which I expect will help both of us.
I have been hesitant to write about this subject for more than one reason. Part of that has to do with the fact that I have kids, and I don’t want them or other kids to accidentally stumble across this information and become curious about SEX at an age that they don’t need to be thinking about it. So… If YOU are under the age of 13, I recommend you don’t read this article or watch the video associated with it, unless you are already familiar with this subject and need some help.
In writing about the subject of masturbation, I want to emphasize my intention IS to HELP you.
So… Is Masturbation Healthy For Men?
For many years, especially my Early Teen Years, I masturbated frequently and some times excessively. I’ve come to realize, it was NOT at all good for me. I believe, if you are willing to look at the WHOLE picture, you’ll find Masturbation is NOT only NOT good for YOU to do chronically; It is probably Self Defeating on almost every level you can imagine.
For men, Masturbation is likely making you LESS desirable to the opposite sex, and even Lowering your own libido (Sex Drive).
I’m sure I’m hitting some hot buttons here, and I’m going to address those now.
Let’s start off with the following question.
Is Masturbation Good For The Prostate?
Many men think they are helping themselves by cleaning the pipes on a regular basis. There’s a little secret circulating, that regular masturbation helps fend off prostate cancer. It turns out there’s no evidence to support this.
You may be surprised to learn that the medical community in general considers ejaculation frequency to be completely unrelated to whether a person gets prostate cancer or not. There is one study however that actually links MORE general sexual activity, in combination with masturbation, to HIGHER rates of prostate cancer.
So… Are There ANY Health Benefits Of Masturbation?
Sorry. Evidence shows the only health benefit of masturbation is that it MIGHT improve your cardiovascular health. As another author has pointed out. “So Does Waking Up The Stairs.”
Before going any further, I want to make it clear, I’m not bashing PLEASURE. I can definitely relate. I still do have sexual desire, and I get turned on. It’s perfectly natural to get aroused and I am in no way making a case against that. I am however making a case for NoFap, and I think you’ll discover, as others have, there’s a GOOD case for that.
In case you’re not familiar with No Fap, it simply means No Masturbation. For some people No Fap is only practiced for specified periods of time, and for others NoFap becomes a life time commitment. Now… If masturbation had NO health benefits, but Did NOT hurt you in any way, there would be no reason to stop the fun, right? But we do have to ask the question..
Is Masturbation Bad For Health?
Unfortunately, the pleasure a man might get from Masturbation does come at a price if it leads to ejaculation; And if you’re like most men, ejaculation is inevitable once you’ve started masturbating. I guess that’s the point, right?
After ejaculation, most men experience a loss of energy or feel tired, and that’s a best case scenario. For other men, Masturbation leading to orgasm results in the man feeling what some refer to as a sex hangover. The worst of these sexual hangovers has a name and it’s called POIS (Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome).
Some symptoms of POIS are muscle soreness, extreme fatigue, and feeling like one has the flu. It takes 4-7 days for these symptoms to disappear after orgasm. Ouch.
Like Losing Your Libido?
I didn’t think so. I’m sure you know the feeling though. One second something is very arousing to you, but it’s almost gross after you’ve ejaculated.
A lot of men can relate to this loss of libido, and experiments on mice show it happens to them as well. After a mouse has been with one female for a specified mating period he loses interest and can’t be aroused again for a certain amount of time unless a new female is introduced.
Now… I know we are not exactly like mice in our physiology, but almost any man who’s taken masturbation to an extreme, especially while viewing porn, can relate to the idea that arousal goes down after ejaculation, unless we view a new image, video, etc.
Do believe you can become depleted and lose libido, especially from viewing porn? In studies done on men, it’s been shown that viewing porn can even lead to erectile dysfunction. It’s believed that this loss of libido and erectile dysfunction are caused by changes in the brain that occur from masturbation, and even more so from masturbating to porn.
When we masturbate, dopamine levels increase in the brain, causing us to feel intense pleasure. Unfortunately, those dopamine levels drop significantly right after orgasm, leaving one feeling uninterested in sex.
But… Viewing porn allows us to see new images, which arouse us again and create further changes in the brain. Basically your pleasure center (the limbic system) of the brain dominates the responsible part of your brain (the frontal cortex) creating an addiction. The part of your brain that is associated with will power, reasoning, values, goals, etc. literally shrinks, and your pleasure center takes over, no matter what the cost.
To emphasize the point here, let’s look at the results of a depletion study done on men. The men in the study depleted themselves by ejaculating 2.4 times per day for 10 days. It took them MORE than 5 months to get their sperm output back to where it was before the depletion period.
I realize I’ve related masturbation to viewing porn, and I Have NOT covered SOME ground in between, so I’ll just come out and ask this question. If you are a man, do you usually masturbate without porn? If you do, there are still similar consequences, but they are not AS severe for you, if you are NOT a porn viewer.
It will be more difficult for you to deplete yourself, and your addiction to orgasm will not be as strong as if you were masturbating to porn. But… your libido does still drop, and there is a 7 day physiological cycle that you go through after each orgasm. I’m making the point that your body is still losing some energy to bring you back to your NORMAL physiology.
Maybe you’ve seen the movie Something About Mary. The movie makes the point that you need to get the baby batter out of the system to be around a female you like, and not be thinking about ONE Thing. This only emphasizes the point I’ve made about LOSS of Libido.
So… Let’s get Real. Do you really think a woman is going to be more attracted to you when you have a lower libido? Maybe as a friend.
My own experience and that of other males who no longer masturbate, or at least masturbate less often, shows women are more attracted to a man who masturbates less. This may be due to the improved self confidence reported by No Fap Males.
I know from my own experience that I feel generally more relaxed around women since I’ve been practicing No Fap. I feel more manly and I’m pretty sure that makes women feel more like women.
Other men that have given up masturbation, or at least frequent masturbation, claim some of the following benefits:
- Stronger Erections
- No More Erectile Dysfunction
- Better Eating Habits
- More Confidence
- More Comfortable Or At Ease With Possible Mates
- More Attracted To Possible Mates
- Deeper Voice
- Emergence From A Brain Fog
- More Motivation
- Return Of Previous Sexual Tastes
- More Gains From Workouts
- More Strength
- Seeing Women Differently
- More Positive Outlook
Now… More research needs to be done in order to REALLY know the scientific answer to the question of whether Masturbation is HEALTHY for males or NOT.
Based upon my experience and that of others, I believe you can be better off on many levels if you cut down or stop the habit of masturbation, especially masturbation involving the viewing of porn.
There are other more spiritual views of why it might be in your best interest to go NoFap.
Masturbation And Your Spirittual Self
It might sound like I’m preaching as I touch on the Spiritual Side of masturbation, but my intention is to help you see into your own conscience, and how YOU really feel about your own behavior.
In Christianity, Masturbation is considered by some to be a form of Idolatry. Idolatry is the worship of idols and masturbation, or porn viewing, is kind of like a worship of the genitals. We focus on these IMAGES of body parts, either in our minds or through viewing porn, in order to achieve orgasm.
These images often stick around in our minds long after we’ve viewed porn. Ever looked at porn without having an ejaculation, only to find yourself with the images of the porn you watched playing in your mind later. This leads to a wet dream for many men.
I personally think of those images as succubi. A succubus is a demon that comes to you in your sleep to engage you in sexual activity, and literally steal your life force. Now… I’m not saying, I know for a fact that Succubi are real, in the sense that they are exactly how I’ve defined them here, But… They are real on some level, even if they are just images that come alive in your imagination after viewing porn.
I know some men view wet dreams as a pleasurable experience, and I used to as well, before I really understood the physical and spiritual cost of them. Now I KNOW, I don’t want to be mastered by anyone or anything other than myself; or God as I understand God.
As hard as it is to hear, It’s probably true that Porn literally sucks the life out of you. It’s also really bad for the people involved in it. If you doubt this at all, do some research and you’ll find Porn truly is a blood sport, as it’s described by some of the big players in the porn industry. That’s another subject though.
The bottom line is, Masturbation is probably NOT healthy for men. Going No Fap can help you feel better in your body and your Conscience, and I think that’s an understatement.
I would be a complete hypocrite to say I don’t ever think about sex. I do have fantasies sometimes, but I don’t view porn anymore, and I don’t allow my fantasies to lead me into masturbation.
I do think sex with yourself is better than being irresponsible and engaging in real sex with someone you don’t care about. Just my opinion. If there were no consequences and no one would get hurt, I would engage in sexual activity frequently with the women that I find extremely attractive, whom were also willing to have sex with me. Too bad there are consequences to sex.
Whichever way you go from here, I wish you the best health and life ever.
If you’re curious about No Fap, try it; That’s the only way you’ll know if it really helps you.
Do you still think Masturbation is Healthy For Men? Have you been practicing No Fap yourself? Please Share your personal thoughts about this subject in the comments section below.