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Are there mental or physical benefits to abstaining from masturbation/porn/sex?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
All in moderation: This is part of life for almost all men after puberty. If a man tries to go without any ejaculation for more than a few days, he usually has trouble working / studying / sleeping. Tasteful erotica, or thinking of that one special person (present / future) is more uplifting than the dead-end junk that's pornography. Casual sex is dangerous and soon disgusts most men. Choose wisely in all things.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Masturbation: If masturbation is against your religious or spiritual beliefs it could cause you to feel conflicted and possibly guilty.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Abstaining from masturbation/porn/sex for mental/physical benefits, what to do?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Monitor yourself: A normal man finds it difficult, usually impossible, to practice this degree of abstinence for more than a few days. There are no physical benefits and you'll be uncomfortable both physically and mentally, perhaps even becoming unable to focus on things you need to do. If you're married and you are refusing your partner, your behavior is unacceptable.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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How about this instead? Put away those dumb pictures of ideal bodies, and think about really loving another human being. Vary your technique to prepare your body for different possible partners -- or if you're married, get couples counseling for your relationship. Hit the gym hard, eat more sensibly and diet, and get your body looking great. You'll be acting like a REAL grown man. Best wishes.
Feb 5, 2014

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