Is masturbation a disease?

I have a lover, have had sex, but I often masturbate to relieve myself, 4 to 5 times a week. Is masturbation a disease and do I have a sexual health problem? (Son, 28 years old, Hanoi)

I did not dare to confide in my girlfriend for fear of being misunderstood. Please consult your doctor!


Masturbation is the act of self-stimulating the genitals to bring pleasure, which is something almost all of us have done in life, but many people lack knowledge and misunderstand it. Masturbation properly helps self-satisfaction, relieves stress, good stress. This is a very natural action in a group of young boys who have just started puberty or in young people who have not had the opportunity to have safe sex. However, in fact, married men still have the habit of masturbating.

This behavior has no moral significance, as long as the frequency of masturbation is not more than the frequency of intercourse and does not affect marital life. Moderate masturbation can increase erectile function and ability to orgasm in men.

Masturbation is only harmful when abused, reducing libido, reducing sperm count, retrograde ejaculation…, especially reducing marital happiness. Teenage masturbation abuse can cause physiological weakness, affect the quality of sex life in adulthood such as decreased libido, quality and quantity of sperm, irritability, thereby reducing concentration and memory…

Teenage boys often masturbate stealthily which can lead to psychological stress or fear of being discovered. Many cases of trying to suppress ejaculation or trying to masturbate quickly, causing ejaculation disorders later on such as premature ejaculation or retrograde ejaculation. Ejaculation with a thick frequency, sperm will be clumped.

Men who use inappropriate instruments to masturbate can also injure their genitals. Addiction to watching sex movies combined with masturbation also causes nerve reflexes, leading to sexual disorders when having a real partner, such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation or non-ejaculated intercourse…

The frequency of masturbation is suitable only from once to twice a week, should not use aids and limit watching porn while masturbating.

Couples should maintain a healthy sex life to balance life, avoid being dependent or obsessed with masturbation. Be frank about your sexual desires and needs. When there is an abnormality in health, both need to go to the right specialist to be detected and properly treated.

Men should actively participate in group activities, do not abuse alcohol, tobacco and other stimulants that cause erectile dysfunction, reduce sperm production.

Doctor Le Duy Thao

Department of Andrology, Hong Ngoc General Hospital


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