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A 27-year-old member asked:

i'm a new christian and wondered if it is safe for me to stop masturbating and having sexual thoughts?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Safe------Yes.: You pose several issues. It appears you are entering a religeous phase of your life. This is important. Your question is confusing regarding "sexual thoughts". It is biological and normal to have "sexual thoughts". It is what you do regarding sexual thoughts and practices that determine health and well being. I recommend you discuss this with your clergy, counsellors and others.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Personal beliefs and feelings are just that, personal. It would be a difficult world to live in if people are to be judged by what they think and feel as well as what they do. The common expression "only God knows" reflects that. Thoughts and feelings become safe or unsafe only when one acts on them in safe or unsafe ways. That's when intentions don't count. Trust your faith and act accordingly.
Dec 28, 2011
Dr. Mark Fisher
Dr. Mark Fisher commented
Neurology 34 years experience
The Jewish perspective is that behavior can be inappropriate, but not thoughts. Jews don't get this "in your heart" business. The HUMAN perspective, without reference to religion, is that if you try to suppress thoughts, they will just go around and around in your head. GUILT provides the energy for the repetition of unacceptable thoughts. Let yourself think them, and they will run their course.
Sep 7, 2014
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes safe to stop: Some christians believe masturbation is wrong, some believe contraception is wrong, to each his or her own. However it will be difficult to stop having sexual thoughts, these are related to your hormones. Good luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Impossible: You will not be able to avoid sexual thoughts, and if this derails your new christian faith commitment, it will be very unfortunate. You are looking at human-made doctrines and rules intended to frighten you. The christian walk, being kind to whoever you meet on the road, forgiving and promoting forgiveness, and refraining from what truly hurts others, should not have an added, impossible burden.
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
The Christian religious prohibition regarding masturbation is based on the story of Onan in Genesis 38. Onan spilled his seed on the ground rather than impregnating the wife of his dead brother as was required of him in order to provide an heir and keep the dowry of his sister-in-law in the tribe. So, he was not masturbating but practicing WITHDRAWL! Vatican approved birth control! Go figure! L'Shana Tova everyone!
Sep 19, 2012
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Safe: Safe to stop. Safe to continue. Perfectly natural either way
Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
New Christian?: I believe that when it comes to masturbation, new Christians have the same rights, privileges and obligations as old Christians.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer7 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 40-year-old member asked:

How can you treat over-masturbation?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Over-masturbation: Masturbation is normal however over-masturbation is usually a psychological problem discuss this with your family doctor to evaluate whether or not this is a problem and to help with treatment. Many time this is an obcessive compulsive disorder.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How much self-masturbation is too much?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
You decide: Almost all adults do something like this. If it's interfering with the other things you want to do or should do, it may be time to ask why. If it is compulsive and you feel forced many times a day, a visit with someone specializing in behavioral health may help you find why your mind is keeping you trapped rather than finding somebody special.

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