Masturbation: Is it good or bad for health?

Consequences on masturbation for your mental health and also your physical and emotional health.

Have you heard that masturbating is good for your health because it reduces the risk of prostate cancer? Have you been told that you need to masturbate every day because spermatozoa need to be renewed daily for better health? Have you been told that you should masturbate every day several times a day so that the quality of your semen improves?

READ: Ways to increase the Human Hormone Naturally. Masturbation does not help.

Is it bad for health to masturbate daily?

Some people may have read that stopping masturbating or in fact stopping ejaculation can be bad for your health as it can increase some health risks in men.

In this article I will talk about some effects of masturbation on your body, mind and soul (well, perhaps not in your soul per se).

Is masturbating too much (everyday) injurious to health? Anthony Stella and Spring Cooper, two lecturers on sexual health at the University of Sydney in Australia, say that masturbation is good for men because it reduces the risk of prostate cancer because it improves the action of the Immune System and reduces depression.

Orgasm due to masturbation is not equal to orgasm after a pleasurable sexual intercourse

NOTE: It must be taken into account that a person can masturbate without the need to ejaculate, although for practical purposes I will simply refer to masturbation as such assuming that it will include ejaculation, for both men and women.

When sex education "experts" mention that masturbation is a healthy thing, they usually refer to a study on ejaculation: A study published in the American Medical Association magazine, which talks about that when you look at several studies related to this topic.

And their results which are slightly mixed, where some of them show some kind of positive correlation between ejaculation and reduction of risk of prostate cancer, others show results with a negative correlation and others show results that do not show any correlation suggesting ejaculation would be neither good nor bad in reducing or increasing the risk of prostate cancer.

READ: Effects of alcohol drinking in sex performance and mental health.

REMEMBER: "orgasms are not all the same".

According to this "mixed" results of the studies evaluated, the error many researchers commit is because they usually assume that all orgasms are the same.

But they are NOT !!! In fact even the semen composition usually varies according to the orgasm obtained through simple masturbation in comparison to the ejaculation achieved through vaginal intercourse (more so when it is done with the person for whom you have very deep feelings of affection and desire).

If you are a man and have gone through a long period of "drought", you may have noticed that when you ejaculate many times through masturbation alone, the color of your semen is not as white as when you ejaculated having "hot" relationships with ex - couples, and semen quality is a little more gelatinous or "jelly" when ejaculated a lot through masturbation and when this factor (excessive masturbation) is maintained for many months.

Avoid masturbating very often, even more if you do it watching adult movies (porn)

When researchers began to differentiate between types of orgasms, especially those obtained through masturbation and through vaginal intercourse (or anal intercourse, in the case of gay couples), they began to observe more consistent tendencies respect to health benefits.

Compared to the orgasm obtained through masturbation with the obtained through vaginal intercourse, Dr. Stuart Brody mentions that the first orgasm obtained through masturbation is more correlated with lower health benefits or that In fact this factor could increase the risks to health in some cases.

Some health risks in men due to excessive masturbation could be reflected in the worsening of the following conditions:

1. Satisfaction with mental health.
2. Satisfaction in relationships.
3. Self-evaluation of happiness.
4. Low levels of depression.
5. Less chance of having schizophrenia.
6. Better erectile function.
7. Faster recovery from stress.
8. Fewer anomalies of the prostate.
9. Less risk of prostate cancer.

Dr. Brody says that in fact masturbation is associated with the onset of more symptoms of depression and more abnormalities at the level of the prostate.

So to summarize here, we could say that there are some health problems that are related to masturbation, and whatever physiological benefits masturbation claims to have, it is only because of its distant relationship with its healthier cousin: relationships Sexual

Masturbation, Lust, and Brain Health

Dr. Norman Doidge, author of "The Brain That Changes Itself", says that there are two separate pleasure systems in our brain: one for exciting pleasure and one for satisfying pleasure .

Masturbating with fantasies and especially with pornography activates the exciting system, but leaves the satisfactory system with "hunger" because you can not feel the real thing (the intimate relationship with a partner).

The exciting system is powered by the neurochemical dopamine.

Dopamine focuses our attention, giving our brain a reward of feeling good, helping us to arouse sexually, preparing us for the intimate act itself.

The satisfactory system actually involves having this kind of intimate relationships, being able to touch, kiss, caress and really connect with someone, which provides a relaxing and satisfying pleasure.

The problem with masturbation is that the satisfactory system is never activated.

The more a person masturbates (worse if he / she does it watching pornography), the more dopamine is released into the brain.

Finally, dopamine receptors become fatigued, leaving the viewer wanting more but unable to reach an optimum level of satisfaction

This desensitization affects the prefrontal cortex, the executive control center of the brain, causing what is called hypofrontality.

This means a loss of self-control and a propensity for addictive behavior.

Masturbation and Erectile Dysfunction

Masturbation, especially when pornography is involved, is often a factor that can cause erectile dysfunction in some men.

The problem is not with the organ between the legs but with the organ between the ears: the brain.

Drs. Marnia Robinson and Gary Wilson explained in "Psychology Today" that overstimulation with pornography creates changes in the brain that make a man less responsive to a woman's physical pleasure, and this response is hyper-reactive to pornography on the Internet.

Men are sensitized to pornography on the Internet, but desensitized to sex in general, which requires more and more stimulation to achieve excitement when they are in front of a person already ready to face the intimate relationship.

When preparing for real sex, the "pornstar brain" does not get its wave of dopamine and the signal to the penis is too weak to achieve erection.

But when man returns to his evil cybernetic vices, erection and desire become almost instantaneous.

I do not know if you have gone through this situation (maybe since you were a teenager who enjoyed extreme masturbation watching adult movies) which when you found someone with whom to be difficult in many occasions to achieve an erection, or maybe you could achieve erection but Pleasure was not the same as when you were watching this type of videos.

If this is your case, this problem can be solved over time, moving away from these unhealthy practices and starting to experience real emotions with someone you love, who attracts you, gives you affection and who you can give it to.

READ: Risk factors you must know about Prostate Cancer. At Least masturbation is not one.

Masturbation and virility

Leaving aside physical health, when masturbation is accompanied by erotic fantasy, which things are men risking to lose by escaping habitually to that fantasy world? The scholar from Oxford C.S. Lewis offers some rude thoughts:

For him, the true evil of masturbation would be that it leads the individual to be outside of himself to complete (and correct) his own personality among other things; Send the man back to the prison of himself, where he is also the guard of a harem of imaginary brides.

And this harem, once admitted, works against wanting to get out and actually unite with a real woman.

Remember that we are social beings, and happiness sooner or later will not be complemented if we remain fantasizing with imaginary women and we leave aside those of flesh and bone (real women).

This, taking into account that the harem is always accessible, always subservient, does not require sacrifices or adjustments, and can be endowed with erotic and psychological attractions which no woman in real life could ever compete (well, perhaps there are some women who may be able to do some of these things).

Among those tenebrous brides this "masturbator" subject is always adored, always will be a perfect lover; No demand is made on his altruism, no mortification ever imposed on his vanity.

After all, almost the main job of life is to get out of ourselves, the dark prison where we are all born. Masturbation should be avoided like all things that must be avoided that slow this process of specialization and leave this prison.

The danger of excess masturbation is to love this prison and never want to leave.


The health impact of masturbation, good or bad, can not motivate anyone to start or stop masturbating, but we must not fool ourselves into thinking that to stop masturbating is bad for us. In any case, refusing to live in a fantasy world compels men to live in the real world where they can serve, love and enjoy a real woman.

The other thing to keep in mind is that it is not possible to judge badly those who opt for a life without having intimate relations and choose masturbation (jerking, pulling of the goose, etc.) as a way of "liberation".

Some ways are safer if we take into account all the venereal diseases that exist and that many times the use of the condom is not enough to prevent them.

Added to this, the large number of irresponsible people who do not care is other thing to keep in mind.

Then, jerking off or masturbation itself is a safe method to release tension.

Sometimes desire hinders progress, therefore masturbation is a good way out to continue a productive life. Of course this in case we do not want our lives to revolve around coitus.

If you plan to masturbate, try to do it using your imagination in case you do not want the excitement and level of the erections to be dependent on adult audiovisual material.

Frequent Ejaculation and Subsequent Risk of Prostate Cancer

To complement everything said / written so far, I will mention a study that has the title mentioned in this subtitle, which seeks to find a relationship between ejaculation and the risk of suffering the famous and very dangerous prostate cancer.

Background of the study: Sexual activity has been hypothesized to play a role in the development of prostate cancer, but epidemiological data are virtually confined to case-control studies, which may be prone to bias because recall among individuals with Prostate cancer could be distorted as a result of malignancy of the prostate or some ongoing therapy.

Aim of the study: To examine the association between the frequency of ejaculation, which includes sexual intercourse, nocturnal emission and masturbation, with risk of prostate cancer.

DESIGN, ADJUSTMENTS AND PARTICIPANTS: Prospective study using follow-up data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (February 1, 1992 to January 31, 2000) of 29,382 American men aged 46 to 81 who provided information on the history Of the frequency of ejaculation in a self-administered study in 1992 and responded to follow-up questionnaires every 2 years to 2000.

The frequency of ejaculation was assessed by asking participants to report the average number of ejaculations they had per month during The ages of 20 to 29 years, 40 to 49 years and during the last year (1991).

Results: During 222 426 person-years of follow-up, there were 1449 new cases of total prostate cancer, 953 cases of organ confined and 147 advanced cases of prostate cancer. Most categories of the frequency of ejaculation were unrelated to the risk of prostate cancer.

However, the high frequency of ejaculation was associated with decreased risk of total prostate cancer, although it was not known exactly by what means these people used to ejaculate.

The relative multivariate risks for men who reported 21 or more ejaculations per month compared with men reporting 4 to 7 ejaculations per month at ages 20 to 29 years were 0.89 (95% confidence interval [CI ], 0.73-1.10); Ages 40 to 49 years, 0.68 (95% CI, 0.53-0.86); Previous year, 0.49 (95% CI, 0.27-0.88); And averaged over a lifetime, 0.67 (95% CI, 0.51 - 0.89).

Similar associations were observed for organ confined prostate cancer.

The frequency of ejaculation was not statistically significantly associated with the risk of advanced prostate cancer.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that the frequency of ejaculation is not related to an increased risk of prostate cancer and, on the contrary, it could be related to the reduction of this risk, although we do not know the exact type of orgasm / ejaculation related to the decreased risks of prostate cancer.


Main page where much of the information exposed in this article was obtained: click here.

Leitzmann MF et. to the. (2004). Ejaculation frequency and subsequent risk of prostate cancer.

Book: The Brain That Changes Itself.