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Masturbation addiction: What it is, what can cause and how to overcome it

By January 11, 2017Men, Sexual health

I’m gonna be straight up frank with this: Healthy men like to spank the monkey as much as possible. No seriously, if we had it our way we’d build our whole schedule around how much rubbing and tugging we want all day. There’s nothing to be ashamed of having that physical urge to get off but we have to admit, it’s also one of those “too much is bad” things in life and I’m sure we’re all guilty of being aroused hours (or sometimes minutes!) after getting off. It’s like puberty all over again!

Having a stiffy and doing something about it is healthy and a sign of fertility but if you constantly find yourself wanting a release in multiple occasions, we may have a problem. You might just be a masturbation addict.

 

What is Masturbation Addiction?

Let’s first get this out of the way: Masturbation is not a sin. Okay, depending on your beliefs and intentions it might be but for probably 9/10 guys, it’s not. But there is such a thing as being addicted to masturbation. When masturbation becomes a method of escape, this can set the stage for an addictive pattern.

Masturbation addiction can be very secretive and isolating. A man (or woman) can compulsively masturbate with or without pornography and the behaviors can be very different. Some people may masturbate as part of their daily routine while others may binge masturbate. Binge masturbation involves spending several hours masturbating while watching porn or fantasizing.

For the most part, being addicted to masturbation is not hurting anyone but yourself. The problem is how you might be building your life around jerking off and usually makes you compromise your real-world priorities.

  • Lunch meeting with a new client? Maybe tomorrow, I need to get rid of this stiffy.
  • Wife wants to eat dinner outside for anniversary? But I just read my favorite pornstar released a new video today.
  • Kids have to be picked up at school because of a strong typhoon? I’m sure they can wait an hour.
  • Can’t afford to be late again for work? I hate that job anyway.

These are just examples but they all say the same thing: Masturbation addiction wastes your time and contributes to a lower quality of life. The more you jerk off, the less time you have in doing things you know matter much more than self-pleasure.

Causes of Masturbation Addiction

So why would someone become addicted to masturbation? Why do some couples become addicted to masturbation even though they have another option? Here are some of them:

  • Lack of intimacy: Believe it or not. Some people need sex to fill the gap resulting from the need of intimacy. Many who are obsessed about sex have unmet need for intimacy. Their parents might have ignored their needs when they were little children or they might have never felt loved before and that’s why their unconscious desire for sex became much higher. As mentioned, it’s normal for people to have a certain desire for sex but when this desire leads to excessive masturbation, there is another unmet need this person is trying to satisfy other than the need for sex itself.
  • Social withdrawal: Social withdrawal and masturbation addiction are highly connected. Usually when the person is excessively shy, when he doesn’t have a good social life or when he fails to get the approval of the members of the other sex then he might turn to masturbation addiction to fulfill such psychological needs.
  • Bad moods & life problems: Some have developed the habit of escaping from problems instead of facing them. One of the methods used to escape from problems is masturbation. If you are one of those people then you will notice you masturbate whenever you feel bad, down or sad.
  • Rejection: This might sound weird but it was found experiencing rejection, especially from the other sex, is one of the factors that motivates people to become addicted to masturbation.
  • Fear of intimacy: Some people have developed fear of intimacy as a result of going through poor past experiences with the other sex. Those are the people who become addicted to masturbation even though they are married.

Negative Effects of Masturbation Addiction

Being a masturbation addict affects your health more than you think. The following are what could happen to you and your body if you’re unable to quit touching yourself each time you’re aroused.

  • Back Pain – Excessive masturbation (EM) reduces the production of oxytocin, DHEA, testosterone and DHT. The depletion of these neurochemicals triggers a release of the inflammatory hormone prostaglandin E2, which is one source for lower-back pain.
  • Fuzzy Vision – As funny as it sounds, EM might just make your vision weaker. Blurry vision or dark spots that cloud your eye sight are caused by a deficiency of cGMP, nitric oxide and acetylcholine in the visual sensory nerves. These deficiencies are intensified by excessive masturbation.
  • Chronic Fatigue – Cortisol, a steroid hormone meant to increase blood sugar and metabolism, experiences an increase in production after masturbation. Proliferation of the hormone causes an invariable feeling of exhaustion.
  • Pain in the Groin – EM exhausts the pituitary-adrenal-testicular axis, which lowers oxytocin, DHEA, testosterone and DHT production. Once these neurochemicals experience a reduction, the inflammatory hormone prostaglandin E2 creates pain near the groin and testicles.
  • Premature Ejaculation – EM depletes HGH, testosterone, dopamine and serotonin, neurochemicals that strengthen both the endocrine system and parasympathetic nerves inside your body. Without these neurochemicals, the parasympathetic nerves that control an erection become weak, resulting in premature ejaculation. If you suffer from PE, check out our PE guide reviews and see which one works for you.
  • Prostatitis – Known as prostate inflammation, Prostatitis enlarges the prostate and impedes urinary flow and erectile capacity. Masturbation elevates DHT in the body. When too much DHT is present, the neurochemical inflames the prostate.
  • Insomnia – Melatonin is a neurochemical that induces sleep. Men who masturbate in excess see a depletion in melatonin that leads to insomnia.
  • Mood Swings – Cortisol elevates blood sugar to help manage stress. Except EM increases the production of cortisol to such high levels that it causes more stress. Meanwhile, low testosterone levels caused by EM results in mood swings.
  • Hair loss – EM leads to excessive testosterone-DHT conversion. In response to the imbalance, the body produces cortisol, which induces high levels of prolactin and reduces DHEA, HGH and testosterone production. The sudden shift in neurochemicals causes hair loss.
  • Erectile Dysfunction – Because EM depletes necessary hormones for sex, the body cannot experiences a dearth in necessary neurochemicals. Instead, the body is left with a limited supply that renders a male unable to maintain a strong erection. Not only that, if the person is the type who always refers to porn for arousal, his penis could end up becoming hotwired to getting erect when the man is watching porn. This is also referred to as porn-induced ED. If you think you have some sort of ED, check out our ED guide reviews to see what program would work for you.

Supplements that can help

Let’s say you exhibit some of the symptoms here. The best way to fix them is of course by downplaying the rub game a bit but we can always ask Mother Nature for help.tongkat-ali

The likes of Tongkat Ali helps promote testosterone production in the body. As mentioned a lot in our list, EM reduces testosterone which leads to a whole roster of health issues like hair loss, ED, PE, and Chronic fatigue.
Tongkat ali nature’s most potent aphrodisiac and testosterone booster so taking a tongkat ali supplement should help you recover faster than you would if you went without it. Best of all, since it’s a natural source, it won’t make your body dependent on the herb at all. It will just help you get back to normal and once you’re feeling all Alpha again, you’ll only need this for the extra boost

Maca is another herb known for its sex enhancing and anti-stress benefits.

More than just a sex herb, Maca is also known to help balance hormonal imbalances which is essential for men who masturbate too frequently. It’s an adaptogen which means it’s capable of reducing elevated levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) back to more manageable amounts. This in turn promotes more testosterone production.

We recommend you take Tongkat Ali and Maca together to maximize the benefits as well as help relieve you of some of the symptoms of masturbation addiction.

How to Overcome Masturbation Addiction

As with any form of addiction, there are plenty of (natural) ways to rid yourself of this type of degrading behavior.

1. Keep yourself distracted

  • Play sports. It takes discipline and persistence to excel at a sport. Develop an interest like running or swimming, or a group sport like soccer, football, basketball, or tennis. Also, any form of exercise will help you relieve tension, feel happier, and to make you focus on your physicality in a positive way.
  • Find a new hobby, or cultivate a skill. Learning something that takes a while to master can refocus your brain on the delayed gratification of achieving goals instead of the instant gratification of masturbation.
  • Volunteer your time. Devote your energy to helping teens who’ve been less fortunate than you, such as working at a shelter, tutoring low-income students, cleaning up blighted areas, or raising money for a good cause. You’ll get an altruistic feeling from helping others, and you’ll have less time to stray from your goals.

2. Plan contingencies during your jerk-off times of day

  • If you always masturbate when you get home from work, make sure to have a solid plan to stave off any boredom you may feel. If you have so little to do that your mind frequently wanders to sexual thoughts, occupy your schedule. You’ll find it gets easier to avoid masturbation if you’re too busy or tired to spare any energy for distractions.
  • If you’re tempted to masturbate in the morning, try to sleep with more than just one layer of clothing so touching yourself is more of an effort.

3. Be much more sociable

  • Limit the times when you are likely to be home alone. If you tend to masturbate in the hour or two before your partner gets home from work, go for a walk during that time, or work on your projects in a coffee shop.
  • Even if all of your friends are busy, you can still limit your impulse to masturbate by going out in public. For instance, instead of watching the game at home by yourself, watch it at a sports bar. Even if you’re not hanging out with friends, you will not be alone, ultimately having no time for masturbation.

4. Reduce or outright quit watching porn altogether

  • Consider installing porn-blocking software on your computer. Of course you will know the password to bypass the blocking function, but just having it pop up will remind you of your priorities.
  • If you have the tendency to masturbate looking at porn on the computer, try moving your computer into a room where others can see you.
  • If you have a physical collection of porn, dispose of it ASAP.

5. Know when to seek help

This will depend on your personal beliefs. If you’re religious, ask your religious leader for guidance. If you belong to a church, consider asking your local clergy for help. If you think a medical professional can help you, set up an appointment with one and commit to it.

Counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists are all trained to help people with varying levels of addiction. Start by seeing a therapist in your area, who can assess your addiction and refer you to more specialized help if necessary. Several treatment options are available, from cognitive-behavior therapy to medication.

Peter Cordone

About Peter Cordone

Peter Cordone is a Certified Nutrition Consultant from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Peter is also an avid cyclist and marathon runner who is always up for a challenge.

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