Hi, I’ve been addicted to masturbation since I was 11 years old. Please tell me the effect on my health and how can I control it?

Thanks for your question!  Masturbation is normal and the most natural way to learn about your body and what feels sexually satisfying. It is also a way to relieve stress. However, there is a big difference between masturbating frequently and being addicted to it. The only time masturbation is thought of as unhealthy and a problem is if it becomes more important than other daily activities such as school, work, sports, and other activities or spending time with friends and family or if masturbation becomes the only way that you know how to deal with stress. In terms of other health effects, if you masturbate frequently, your genitals may become sore.

If you feel that you need help to control the urge to masturbate, talk to your health care provider. Your HCP can refer you to a counselor that can help you redirect and control your thoughts and feelings.