Masturbation Addiction: Psychology, Effects, and Statistics

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Masturbation is conventionally defined as the self-stimulation of genitals in order to attain arousal and ultimately sexual pleasure. People who engage in masturbation achieve maximum sexual pleasure during orgasm, just like in a normal sexual act between two people. It must be pointed out that engaging in masturbation often does not necessarily mean being addicted to masturbation so there needs to be a good understanding of what masturbation addiction is. With the advancement of information and technology, more ways to increase pleasure through masturbation have been introduced. Almost everyone who is sexually active or is experiencing sexual urges can masturbate.

It really does transcend generation and gender. Even people who have sex partners sometimes engage in it. Masturbation in teenagers is also a common phenomenon as they grow up and start experiencing sexual urges. It’s usually a time of great experimentation since their bodies are maturing and undergoing a lot of changes. When done in moderation, it can be beneficial as it can be an ideal way of relieving sexual urges and preventing sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Excessive masturbation, on the other hand, has a lot of negative effects.

The Psychology of Masturbation Addiction

In masturbation addiction, two key substances play a role, dopamine, and endorphins. Dopamine is a reward neurotransmitter that allows a person to feel pleasure. Endorphins are chemicals which the body uses to counteract stress and physical exertion, making you able to relax and recover. While a person is masturbating, dopamine is released and the person experiences a pleasurable high which peaks off during a climax. After the climax, endorphins are released, making the person feel sated and sometimes fall asleep.

When a person becomes dependent on these feelings and uses them to escape stressful life situations or mental problems, it opens the window for masturbation addiction to occur. Masturbation addiction can become a cause for concern when it transforms into a means to cope with issues instead of facing them head on.

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Effects of Masturbation Addiction

What are the dangers of excessive masturbation?

The dangers of excessive masturbation include:

  • Low productivity due to spending too many hours watching pornography
  • Unrealistic sexual expectations due to porn, leading to broken marriages and unhappy families
  • Low self-esteem and anti-social behaviors
  • Irritation of the genitals

As indicated earlier, masturbation has some benefits when done in a controlled manner. A man who wants to donate his sperms can masturbate in order to do so. An individual who is not in any sexual relationship or does not have a steady sexual partner can masturbate to relieve his or her sexual urges and at the same time reduce the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and infections. When done excessively, it becomes a real problem. It is then categorized into what is clinically referred to as a compulsive sexual behavior. This has several effects:

  • There can be a loss of time as well as productivity because one would then spend a lot of time masturbating instead of taking part in meaningful work. People who are addicted to masturbation can spend so many hours watching pornographic clips and thus become less productive individuals.
  • This behavior may have several effects on a family as well as interpersonal relationships. It comes with so much secrecy, deception and breaking of trust which can strain relationships. A person who masturbates excessively can develop unrealistic sexual expectations from a spouse or a partner. This can then lead to broken marriages, unhappy families and in the long run an aversion to romantic relationships by the partner who is aggrieved.
  • Psychologically, there is shame and guilt that accompanies this kind of behavior. Such people may develop low self-esteem and anti-social behavior because they feel morally selfish and sexually depraved. Teenagers addicted to masturbation may experience falling grades and may also be the subject of bullying. Sometimes they may find themselves masturbating in public just to calm their sexual urges. It can also lead to inappropriate sexual discussions even in the presence of grown-ups or guests. This, in turn, can create a rift between parent and child, and in the process lead to other bad habits such as drug abuse just to cope with the pressure at home and school.
  • Masturbation addiction may also lead to the emergence of more depraved sexual tendencies as an individual looks to find new exciting ways to achieve sexual pleasure. A man may start developing extreme sexual habits such as watching child pornography, peeping through windows or key holes just to catch a glimpse of a naked body and even molesting his own children just to satisfy sexual urges. Females may also become sexual predators and experiment with different things just to satisfy their sexual urges.
  • Irritation of the genitals is another effect of masturbation addiction. This is more common when one does not use the right type of lubricants during the act.

All these are negative effects that arise as a result of excessive masturbation. Such behavior is anti-social and requires remedial measures to correct the situation.

Difference in Masturbation Between Males and Females

There isn’t much difference between masturbation addiction in men and women. Men generally pleasure themselves by stroking or massaging the penis until they ejaculate. There are a few that also use sex dolls for sexual arousal and orgasm. Women masturbate by stimulating their clitoris and the vagina because that is how they achieve arousal and pleasure. Just like in men, some use their hands while others make use of sex toys such as vibrators. The society tends to be more receptive about male masturbation as opposed to female. It all has a lot to do with how sexual liberty is perceived differently in men and women. Because of this, many women shy away from talking about their sexual fantasies because of how the society may judge them. Medically speaking, women can still develop infections as a result of masturbation. Using saliva as a lubricant during masturbation can interfere with bacteria found in the vagina and this can cause yeast an infection.

Studies show that more men masturbate than women. A group of researchers, in their publication, The Social Organization of Sexuality reported that after interviewing almost 3000 people, they found out that 41.7% of the women had masturbated that year when compared to 63.3% of the men.

According to the Janus Report on Sexual Behavior by Samuel and Cynthia Janus, 10% of the women who participated in their survey say they masturbate often (a few times a week). For men, the percentage was 25%.

Masturbation Addiction Statistics

Statistically, it has been shown that more men than women are addicted to masturbation. Men between the ages of 18 and 30 form the biggest percentage of those who excessively masturbate. This was according to a survey conducted by Promise Keepers Organization. The survey also found that masturbation addiction is common among religious people just as much as it is among people who don’t really pay much attention to matters of faith. People engage in masturbation at a much earlier age presently because of access to pornographic material on the internet. Boys as young as 10 years old are touching themselves for sexual pleasure.

Who suffers from addiction to masturbation?

Men between the ages of 18-30 masturbate excessively more than any other age group, according to Promise Keepers Organization. In mordern times it very easy for younger people engage in masturbation due to access to pornographic material on the internet.

How to Curb Masturbation Addiction

How to stop excessive masturbation?

Certain helpful activities can help prevent excessive masturbation, including:

  • Participating in volunteer programs
  • Engaging in sports
  • Exploring creative talents such as art and writing
  • Taking morning jogs
  • Avoiding solitude
  • Interacting with people
  • Removing pornographic material from your home and computer
  • Seeking counseling service

Excessive masturbation can be stopped by doing a combination of different things. You can find an alternative route to channel your energy such as participating in volunteer programs, engaging in sports and exploring your creative talents through writing and art. If you find yourself mostly masturbating just before you go to work, find something else to do, like taking a morning jog to calm you down. It’s also good to avoid solitude and interact with people. In case you have pornographic material on your phone or computer, delete them. This is an important step. Develop the right mindset and believe that your addiction can be curbed. It’s also not a bad thing to share what you are going through with family and friends and also seek counseling services.

Many people suffer from masturbation addiction but often fail to acknowledge that they have a problem. The first step in kicking this habit is accepting that a problem exists, then there after making deliberate efforts to curb it.

View Sources
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  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2945841/
  3. http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/masturbating-stats-are-there-gender-differences-and-why
  4. https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo3626005.html
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elwood-d-watson/pornography-addiction-amo_b_5963460.html

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  • Geoff
    Good article. Very informative. Now I know I need to seek help. Masturbation isn’t my only sexual addiction though.
  • Brand
    Fairly educational sex ed. I feel dependent on masterbation while at the same time i can at least tell myself no. But all in all i feel quite open to this suggestion. Just keep busy if u find yourself jacking every second of the day & console others -& yourself
  • dan
    This is a very informative article. I’ve never really had the motivation to stop, and this did a good job explaining the negatives. 10/10
  • Sham
    Masturbating daily became my habit. I used to enjoy it and got addicted to it. Without masturbating i cudnt sleep but after long term practice it started showing bad side-effects on my sexual and mental health. Then i went to doctor and they provided me medicines but it didn’t work for me. After that one of my friend suggested me herbal medicines of arogyam. And results are amazing yaar… My problem got completely cured in just 5 months. Thanks you dost.
    • Ajax
      Can you pls help me with arogyam medicine name.
    • Amanuel
      I have been masterbating for 11 years 2-3 times a week now i am 34 years and have the following bitter problem ,premature ejaculation weak errection and thin and weak body. What type of herb can cure this bitter problem. Please help me.
      • Gaurav
        Pls name the medicine give the name of arogyam medicine
      • Roxana PQ
        Do some research on capsules called, Horny Goatweed. I’d also recommend a check up for a physical. There could be an acute underlying factor that could guide and help you understand your body’s change.
      • munez
        I have the same problem what should I do please
      • Anonymous User
        Try Himalya Ashwagandha. I am too a hardcore masturbator and I’m telling this from experience, it really helps.
    • Bishal subba
      Can you plz halp me with medicine name
    • Krishnan
      Hi am krishna,i am over adiccted in mastubation.which medicn to solve the problem.plz tell me
      • John
        Get some Prozac or Zoloft. That does the trick for me. My shrink and I worked to that solution. I take 60mg daily and have no sexual desires. I can still have sex, but I don’t orgasm at all. Best way to stop masturbating. Plus I last until my woman is literally begging me to stop.
      • Mariusz Jędrzejowski
        Best medicine is androcur
    • Girma Alemu
      Pls sir how can I get that herbal ? Am from Ethiopia
    • Martin
      Please what is the name of the herbal medicine and where can I get it ?.. Please I really need your help, please I beg you…
  • kurosaki ichigo
    thanks to this article i finnaly have find a way to cure myself
  • Jon
    I have been masturbating to porn since I was 13 -I feel I’m addicted to porn and masturbation-I masturbate every day
    • Ashley
      Same thing but i’m female and started at 6 years old – my Mom is concerned but not enough to stop me. Sometimes for me, it’s like 5 times a day. I got addicted to doing it to piss videos and vomiting drunks.
      • rishab
        well. when u feel to masterbate. just go for the side effects of masterbation .. nd that will make your mind to contorl on ur masterbation
    • Brian E.
      I think the best thing to do is find a reason(s) as why you’re greatly reducing your M-sessions or stopping totally. Mines were religious and practical. Yours might be different. So try to be as busy as possible and find other ways to release tension such as intense exercise (cardio, weights lifting, yoga, etc), having sex with someone you love (after you beat the addiction). You’ll be surprised how much more life you’ll enjoy in the simple things, and how much more sex will be more emotionally, physically, and psychologically satisfying because once you stop fingering your and depend on another person for your sexual needs and relive you urges; this is so powerful. Simply for the fact that it’s not just about you getting pleasure but the other person also. Hope this helps.
  • Gordon
    I masturbate at least 10 times a week since I was 14. Is this bad
    • Jon
      Not by my standards
    • Jerrod
      Not really I masturbate about 2-3 times a day you do the math
      • K
        I masturbate and oragasm 2-3 times. I do this 2-3 times a day. I’m a woman too so i feel extra ashamed.
        • Shashank
          Let we make it friendly
    • schean
      why would it be bad? masturbation is good
    • anonymous
      mine is minimally 14 times a week
      • khangelani dlamini
        Horrible my GOD!
  • Egyptshian
    This article is very helpful. It’s straight to the point and elaborates on the side effects perfectly well. Was about to watch porn but after reading this article, I’m still going to watch. Lol. My point is, I seriously need help and some prayers. There’s nobody I can talk to about this. Most people I know believe me of all people can’t be addicted to masturbation. But hey I am. Here in Africa women with the biggest of booty roam our streets half or more than half naked everyday. So u don’t get to watch nude content only on the internet but also on the streets too.
    • Brian E.
      Well Egyptshian, my advice to you is keep the faith and believe that you can be free. Nothing is impossible with God. There’s just some much more to life than sitting in front of a computer screen watching overexaggerated sex scenes on the internet. Let me tell you a secret: the only real porn that you’re going to find is real is amateur, masturbation type, and sex machines. That’s it. Now that’s not me saying you should look them up, but consider what porn is doing to your perception of the opposite sex. If you’re still convinced that some how watching porn is fun and good, then watch a video: 10 Lies you Learned From Porn and Your Brain on Porn – The Scary Effects of Porn Addiction. Please; take my advice from someone who’s been a porn addict for 5 years ( 13 – 17). Walking down this road will leave you empty, alone, exhausted, and without a lack of drive to do anything productive with your life. Please don’t follow after your desires. I beg you.
  • Jon
    I say if you are not hurting any one masturbate to your hearts content
    • AJ
      Its hurting my relationship
    • AJ
      Jon this is a website for people looking for help. Please stop with the counters.
    • D
      You think you are minding your own business in privacy and somehow that may not be the case in a unexplainable way
    • Hubby
      Do u like sex
  • bg
    start and end my day usually like most people. sometimes less. if i have gf its still the same after the usual honeymoon period of 4-6 months lol. i dont have a problem with it tbh, doesnt make me antisocial or depressed or any of this shit there on about here. its sound. go mental!
  • AJ
    Same. It truly is bitter to think just how much I do it. I find myself thinking things about people I know. I wish the hell would stop.
  • Anu
    i am 28 yr old from chandigarh, was addicted to masturbation and got suffered from all the side-effects of masturbation. I was worried about my future as i got engaged and soon to get married. I don’t know what to do then i got to know about arogyam obn kit. I ordered kit and very happy with the results as now am free from side-effects of masturbation.
    • Daniel
      how do i get this arogyam please
    • John
      Im 42 years old and i been masturbating since 13 and my relationship is trash i still try to please my wife but is so hard when you had done it u self please i need meds plus i need to overcome this issue how can i get the help and support what medicines should i take what kind of supplements i need to restore my strength
  • Alex
    I’m masturbating every single day and I’m in danger of being blind, my eyes number are 8! I can’t memorize my lessons anymore. I was top student at university but now i’m one of the worst students Although I’m dentistry student.
  • Jason
    I am so addcited to the point I do it at least more than 5 times a day, always horny, sometimes I did it in my car when I’m out, it is really bad
  • Nancy
    I start to masturbating when I was 8. I have to do it at least once a week. Then I got into some other healthy activities so I don’t even miss it. It when I was 14 too I stated once a month especially before my period starts. Then I got busy with life forget all about it. Until sophomore year in college I masturbate 2 times a day. When I wake up and before I sleep. Some weekends I lost entire day in bed masturbating. The most I think it’s at least 20 climax in a day. My middle finger was out of order it’s was so stiff and I can’t bend it straight. My arm muscle was in pain. My trap was also f**ked up. I just learned it heard about compulsive masturbating – I know I need help. I am trying to overcome this.
    • Brian E.
      Have faith. All it takes is one thing to kick off your recovery. Something like masturbation addiction isn’t going to happened overnight. It takes time.
    • rishab
      well . dear just thunk of the side effects of masterbation..that will help u. and ur middle fingure too
  • HP
    I am sooo addicted in masturbation, I do not go a week without doing it. Sometimes I masturbate atleast 3 times a week if not 4, this thing affects me because I am no longer interested in having sex with a girl in fact I enjoy being alone masturbing..i have girlfriends but if I am having sex with them i don’t last long i just come within few minutes. This thing affects me in such a way that as I am writing this comment my penis is up already and I am waiting for my brothers to go to work so that I will be alone and do it..as I am going to do it now I last did it Tuesday last week 5th of March … i need to stop doing this its been eleven years now please help
  • Niz
    The article is really helpful. I have a friend and I think he’s addicted to Masturbation, because he has told me that he masturbates everyday. He’s not a sociable person and has lots of problems in his life, and by marijuana and Masturbation he tries to cope with his problems. I really wanna help him but I don’t want to upset or offend him. I’ve been trying to involve him in some activities like learning photoshop and going to the gym but I don’t think it’ll help that much. Could you maybe give me some tips on how to approach him about this problem? Thank you.
  • steve
    I am married 20 years and still I am addicted to masturbation and poor. Sometimes I go to char groups to find others to masturbate together
  • evilBoy
    i started masturbating at age of 10 and now iam 24 years old. i do masturbation 7 times a day can you count it? i dont care!i so happy on what i am doing
    • schean
      me too, i don’t see any negative side effects, only great feelings when i masturbate
      • Raz
        you dont tend to see the effects until after word me right now its messing with my mental health my relationships with family friends hell i even lost my girlfriend to it. There’s one thing i try to remember in life you dont notice it till its too late the problems like to hide and only come out when itle really hurt you. but dont pass me off with a hardened heart try to see where im coming from its always best to get another point of view.
    • ashamed
      You will see a side effects soon enough I’m sure I masturbate 3 times day at least since i was like 14 I’m 34 now at the age of about 27-28 i noticed sometimes i didn’t shoot cum it just kind dribbled out then it got to the point that I could only shoot a cumshot if i didn’t masturbate for a couple days then around 30 i stopped being able to projectile altogether …i honestly don’t even know that last time it happened …. I’m starting now trying to stop I’m hoping cutting porn out and not masturbating will some how with a miracle make me more prone to being able to shoot a load its embarrassing when you have sex with a girl and cant even shoot it on her you cant see the effects till its too late though soo do what you want but I guarantee you will regret it eventually if you don’t stop.
  • Sandile
    As long as we have got access to porn, we will never be free from masterbation.I wish I could stop but I can’t, I don’t know…….. It’s bad you know. All I can do is hope that one day I’m going to overcome this demon. I hate it
    • Forever Young
      Do not fight masrurbation, it is part of you. The more you try to get rid of it the greater the need will become to do it. I realize it along time ago when society tried to convince me it was a sin to masturbate. It is not a sin to love yourself as long as you love others too. To give pleasure to yoursekf is not selfish, because you are giving so much to others that you tend to forget about yourself.
  • James
    Good day, I started Masturbating prone at a very young age maybe 5 to 7 years old. Now am 32 years old, still Masturbating.I normally masturbat twice a week and since I do it in prone, I can enaculat up to 6 to 8 time a day. I am suffering from chronic fatigue and backpain. Pls help me with drugs that can make me quite.
  • Lenal
    I was masturbating too much .now my left testicle’s muscle are very loose .and get low .help me please .month ago now
  • Prasuk Goyal
    Please help me i am of 18 and I am doing this this this from 4 to 5 years back This affect my body I was healthy this makes my face and body skinny
    • melwayinkosi
      Hi I’m 19 years old And I suffer from the very same thing I started doing this from one year back trying to run from the mistakes I have made in life and also depression every day i keep thinking of committing suicide cause I have lost direction of my life
  • ogochukwu
    this masturbation has broken my relationship, I can satisfy my partner, I cum under 10 seconds
  • Ed Uribe
    This really s**ks! I am a 63 yo man and have been doing it dine I was a teenager! I never had any GF to get me off nor did I lose my virginity util about 26?to a h**ker! I was married for 20 yeras and my sex life was fair! Get could get my late wife to really enjoy sex! I am addiced to porn and masturbatin! About one to three times a day! I’ve got a sexy 49 yo roommate, but she will not have sex for me! DAMN I will the I could get laid with her! After telling me about all her sexial experience! I bet that I would put some pressure in her then she would do it with me? She is also a heroin and meth addict! She had sex with other guys for her d*pe! She knows that I do it! She been trying to get me laid! What a preverted story!
  • David H.
    Hi. In general, the article is OK but it confounds addiction to masturbation with addiction to pornography.
  • Aryan Khan
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  • schean
    I am single, live alone, naked almost always, and i masturbate for hours each day. i have a professional life, social life, and i masturbate a lot. i’m not sure why i would choose to change anything about my life regarding masturbation. i don’t see any negative effects of my love of masturbation. i am my only partner but i choose to be my own lover. masturbation has always been my sex of choice, and yes, i do it asch lot, sometimes many hours each day. it feels so damn good
  • Drolone
    My wishe is to stop masturbating it killing me how do i do this? Any suggestion
  • C.Ford jr
    I am a married and faithful black man. My childhood experience with self/ involuntary masturbation started for me @ the age of 3. Because of my experiences my template for arousal sexually is acutely specific. It has vast renditions. The only thing that is a must is that my partner must be sincere in her rawness, real in her explicitness, and primal in her instinctual acts with me . if I sense any disturbance in her sexuality be it morally twisted or immaculately romantic I’m instantly disconnected from her energy that is the power supply to my cock and 1 of 2 things are going to happen. 1. my cock is going disengage and deflate inatantly, or 2. Because I’m always full of an un-quailed temperment and energy i will bust off not prematurely but quick non the less. But when we are equally, identically, and oppositly in yearning and need 4 one another I ravage every entry point GOD created and attached to her and more often than not we will always attempt to top a new orriface into her some how. At times my addictions flare defiantly/and substance wise. This happens most when the choice of extensive opposite work scheduling and the human experience factor work together. The result is my being home alone at minimum 12 hrs a day 6 days a week. And I have to get off hard every day for normality to remain a feeling to me. For the last month because of her personal “sh*t” and my personal “sh*t” we are distant and I’ve been with cock in hand virtually jerking off to my porn of interest but never can I get off. I’ve entertained getting sucked off by some random woman who is confident in her sl*t attribute. But my voes are solid in my commitment and I waiver not in my relationship. My problem is the longer my absence is from inside my wife the more powerful my craving for my substance of choice mixed with the natural need to f*ck my wife grows. What left is a web browser flooded with non tangible imagery and a wrath certered in my genitalia that has me furious with every emotion imaginable and a natural insecurity concerning the status of my relationship but never the insecurity of self! I’m beginning to become numb to my hand on myself and porn but yet can’t quit masturbating in hopes for a sexual reprieve. Any info/suggestions will be highly appreciated.
  • RF
    I am 74 yrs. old and have been masturbating since I was 11. I masturbated heavily through puberty with really bad results. My penis never grew to full average size. The shaft of it also collapsed and it just flops there. The best erection I got when I was younger and to this day was 3 1/2″ long. Talk about being embarrassed. I have been married 47 yrs. What I am trying to say is they masturbating could really hurt you in the end.
  • SXTeN
    I’m 16 and had the same problem.For me personally i would recommend replacing wanking with a new hobby or some sort of physical activity like running or push ups to drain your body of its energy.Also i recommend that you write down the reasons you want to stop and whenever you have the urge to do it read those aloud to stop yourself from doing it.Next,I would recommend thinking before you act, this may sound stupid but it helped with my poor impulse control.Finally you should not edge or go to porn sites “just to look”.I don’t know how bad your addiction is, some of these comments may help,some may not whatever happens I wish you the best in your journey to better yourself.yours sincerelySXTen
  • I'mCryingForAnswers
    Hi to anyone one who reads this. I’m a born again Christan 17 (almost 18) year old girl and I’m currently struggling with masterbation. I have high functioning autism and OCD, which means I’m prone to obsession. I haven’t told anybody other than my counselor about it yet. My entire family is born again too. I’m not sure what they believe about masterbation exactly, it’s kinda hard to ask that question without raising suspicion. I’ve been feeling really lonely in this situation lately. I also have some issues with porn poems and recently pornographic photos. Please, if someone else who’s a Christian has any advice, could you give me a little bit? Also, one more thing. The reason I don’t want to tell my parents about is because “How could their nice innocent Christian daughter be into all that crap?”. Thank you for taking the time to read my pain in words, God bless!!
    • Chris
      Hi there, I am also addicted to masturbation, and I got courage to tell my pastor about it and he told me is “THE MORE YOU GET CLOSER TO GOD THE LESS YOU FEEL DOING IT”. I have been practicing that and it’s helping. You know when you read the word most of ur free time and meditate the word u won’t get time to think about porn or masturbation. Try this it might help. God bless you and I hope you get over it.
      • SoundsOfMind
        Hi, I’m also found myself in the same problem. Well with me it all started when a family member touched my private part one night when I was around 5/6 years old. From that day, I don’t know what came over me but I had this curiosity of exploring other parts of my body ( being my private part). It wasn’t long when my mother bought me a phone 5 years later when I started watching porn videos and masturbating. That time, I didn’t know that masturbating was a sin , I only thought that porn is a sin. So I was always careful whenever I was watching porn, making sure I didn’t get caught. Well, funny thing is I was caught by my sister who threatened to tell but until this day she hasn’t said a word to anyone. There was a time when I was in 7th grade, I stopped watching porn and masturbating all together. At first I didn’t notice it but after a year and few months later I realized that I have been porn and masturbation free. When I look back to that time when I wasn’t watching porn not masturbating, I realize that that was actually the time I was preoccupied with a lot of things, I was schooling 15km for home, I did sports, did other extramural activities and did extremely well at school. And that wasn’t by my doing, it was just God who intervened in my life at that moment. In 9th grade I had a relapse and things went south. I opened up to a crush of mine( who also had a crush on me) about my problem, and he advised me to stop and pray about it. He made me to promise him that I would stop but I just couldn’t. My self esteem became really low at that time (which was quite surprising as I didn’t have issues with my self esteem before). I was born again (still am one) but I was depressed. I was ashamed of opening up to my family and someone who I trusted from church. It was really( and still is) a difficult and lonely journey/ struggle for me. I started dating when I was in 10th grade and the guy I was dating was so sweet but I didn’t have the courage to tell him about my problem so I decided to bury it. To cut the story short, it’s been +14 years I’ve been struggling, I seem to have no self-control, I feel so alone sometimes, I feel like I’m going crazy. I’m leaving a double life now because in the open I’m known to be this ambitious, church going innocent young woman while behind closed doors I am up to no good. I haven’t told anyone from church because I feel like I’ll be judged, I always ask God for forgiveness everyday, crying to Him that He helps me come out of this pit so I don’t have to pay with my life for these sins in the end. I pray that God helps you to overcome this, like He will do with me.
        • Roberto
          I’m a Christian man who has struggled greatly with this my entire adult life. At church, at work and in public, I’m this really nice guy who has good relationships, good job, nice demeanor, polite behavior, etc. I have a graduate degree, work in the corporate business world and live an upper middle class lifestyle. But at home, alone, I spend hours watching porn and masturbating. In recent years it has graduated to strip clubs and massage parlors. Nobody in my life knows. I have tried to stop a hundred times over the years. I would give nearly anything to stop. I live as a total hypocrite, and bring shame on my faith and myself as a person. Any Atheist/agnostic/non-believer would be entirely accurate in scoffing at me. I’m not even trying to say it’s wrong for others. But for me, I know it’s wrong, and I want to stop, but cannot. It’s like I need rehab the way a crack addict needs rehab, but I would have to admit to the world, my family and friends the lie I live. I would probably lose my job/career taking months off in rehab while having to live the rest of my life with a label of being a sexual misfit. I can’t do that. It’s too hard. Ironically, if I were a drug addict or alcoholic, I believe society would be encouraging in admitting the problem and getting sober. But to ever tell anyone that I had to seek therapy/rehab for sex addiction is like telling people you are some kind of monster that shouldn’t be allowed to be in public. I think that stigma is probably worse than the shame and guilt I live in now. I don’t know. All I do know is this sucks because I just want to stop and be normal. I want to actually be the man I pretend to be around others; a good and decent man free of sexual deviancy. So I just keep going, keep struggling, and pray that one day somehow someway there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Lindsey
    I struggle with excessive masterbation. I’ve been up for an hour and done it three times. It feels like it replaces my “happiness”, I find myself solely doing it to feel good. I’m in a long term relationship, and I could honestly have sex every day. It puts a damper on our relationship for multiple reasons. He is ten years older than me and just doesn’t have the energy, nor the urge. I get extremely disappointed when he doesn’t want to have sex. I feel unloved and useless. I know it shouldn’t be attributed to that, but it does feel that way. So I do my best to take care of myself, everyday. I can masterbate anywhere from 3-15 times a day. I can do it at home, at work, while I’m on the phone, it doesn’t matter. I’d really love to get to the bottom of why? Why do I need this to feel good? I don’t Harbor any guilt from it, I don’t feel bad. I think I do it so often because it’s one of the only things that make me feel good inside. Where do you go from here? How do you fix this?
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  • Moon
    I used to worry that I masterbated to much, I didn’t really think much more of it. The years went on and i started to really worry. It makes me sick to think about it now but I masterbated a couple of times over family members, I was in denile of the problem a few more years went on. And I was once again in a very bad place with it, and I did it over a (bearly) teenage girl, not long after that time I realised I had a problem. More time went by, and more I masterbated. Only recently I have been able to overcome my masterbation problem it’s still early days and I find it hard to forgive myself for how sick I got. I hope I can heal over time. Today is the first time I have read anything about masterbation addiction, I did not realise it is a real issue. I have read some of the comments and I feel I needed to share mine.
  • Kayla
    I don’t know what is wrong with me. No matter what I do I am still horny, I can masterbate sometimes 7-8 times a night but still the urges won’t go away. And if I have sex then the urges get severely worse and all I can think about is how much I need it. It has gotten to the point where that is all I think about what can I do ???
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  • Teetee
    My boyfriend is addicted to masterbation he spends hours a day in the bathroom we have been together for 7 months and we hardly have sex HELP I need advice aside from his addition he is perfect. I don’t know what to do!
    • Rose
      Talk to him about it, but try not to put pressure on him. Tell him masturbation is normal, and that you will help him recover.
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  • Dave
    I started masturbating at age fifteen. I have tried so many times to stop but i end up finding myself repeating it over and over. It has affected my academics and I find it so difficult to contribute in discussions.I really need help.
  • Mae
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