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Is holding back the orgasm to extend masturbation session for hours harmful? can it lead to an increase in male sex hormones in one's body?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
1 hour or many?: Normal men, women, boys, and girls masturbate (it's universal). It isn't harmful, as the body goes through similar effects during regular sex with a partner (but too much of anything may become a problem). Masturbation does not stunt height, cause hair loss or gray hair, make you weak, create heart problems, lower testosterone, affect virginity, lower fertility, change your weight, or damage eyes.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Edging: This is safe and some men / couples enjoy it. It's not going to raise your homonal levels -- probably at your age (21) you're already getting our maximum effect. Do it because you like it, not to grow bigger muscles or accelerate hair loss.

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Last updated Apr 17, 2014

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