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A 18-year-old male asked:

hello. i like to know is masturbation harmful for some one who works out at gym?? thank you

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Masturbation should be harmless to the body as long as he or she does not use too much force or friction on his or her genitals. One should realize that the body has essentially the same response to masturbation as to sex for the purpose of reproduction. That means the body reacts just as it does during sexual intercourse, which, of course, has no harmful side effects on the body.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I can do while masturbating to train myself to last longer?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 20 years experience
Yes: There is some biofeedback. You can bring yourself to the point of climax, stop, pinch the tip of your penis hard for 30 seconds and resume. This is called the squeeze technique. Medications may also be helpful. Some sex therapists recommend less masturbation and more couples training to help time orgasm better.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is VERY good advice. I've known a few people for whom the "squeeze technique" has changed lives dramatically for the better.
Feb 2, 2013
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
If you are interested in doing something outside of a sexual context to help improve your control, you can try kegel exercises in order to strengthen your pelvic muscles and your ability to contract them and possibly resist ejaculation.
Nov 3, 2018
A 26-year-old member asked:

If i'm obsessed with masturbation, could I have ocd?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Very likely, yes.: By definition OCD contains the word "obsessed". Generally when we say we are obsessed about something it's because we don't like a specific thought, feeling or behavior we have that contriols us and we don't control it. To rise to the level of a disorder it has to impact our life negatively, cause problems and appear to be out of our willful control. That's when professional help is needed.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the consequences of chronic over-masturbation?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Several: An unhealthy lifestyle, mental stress, relational stress, physical damage to the sex organ, poor performance at the work place, withing the family or in relationships in general. You would have to define "over-masturbation" though. What some would consier "over" may be normal for someone else. Discuss with your pcp, counsellor, clergy, mentor or health/mental health counsellor.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What can I expect following treatment for chronic over-masturbation?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not Much: Hopefully the patient will masturbate less.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How common is masturbation?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Miriam Sivkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Very: Maturbation is very common in most people.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
In fact it is very uncommon for boys not to masturbate, and less uncommon for girls although still common
Sep 12, 2012

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