A 18-year-old male asked:
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actually i have some huge sexual desire but according to my religion and society surrounding , i get to hold that desire in, is that healthy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Chastity: Although it is largely in vogue to encourage sex (as long as it is safe), there are benefits to chastity and to following ones religious tenets. Giving in to one's desires may be gratifying at the time but if it is contrary to your belief system it may negatively impact your self- esteem in the long run. Chastity can help to bypass problems such as unwed pregnancy & sexually transmitted disease.
Answered on Feb 19, 2013
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Be brave: Every male human has some desires he can't act on -- and it's often better that he doesn't. Within every one of the authoritarian denominations, there are groups that will let you be who you are, anonymously, and guide you and in a setting of real friendship / support let you make the hard choices. You are far from alone. And maybe you'll decide what you really wanted was the friendship all along.
Answered on Apr 29, 2013
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Desire is common: Sexual desire is common at your age. Religion feels that one of its tasks is to regulate this. You have to decide where you are on this spectrum between severe restraints of your religion and whatever freedom you want to exercise. The healthy choice is the one that leaves you comfortable so that you will not have regrets later in life.
Answered on Feb 8, 2015
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
This is very good advice. If you're asking about enjoying yourself in private, talk with a an older guy, maybe Dad. The standards to which some "conservative" sects pretend to hold people are unreasonable and superstitious. Most men need to have an ejaculation every few days, by whatever means, or we can't even get to sleep, let alone study or otherwise stay focused on living as we should.
Feb 8, 2015

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