Masturbation is a natural activity to release built up sexual tension in the absence of a partner. Its a natural and safe way to explore you body and to feel the pleasure by yourself.
As said, any activity gives you benefits till a certain limit. Excessive masturbation also has side effects and can harm your relationships. You will know much more about it in this blog as you read further.
Hormones released by masturbation:
Testosterone: This hormone is released when you feel sexual and also released during sex to improve stamina and erection.
Dopamine: One of the happy hormones released to make you feel happy that’s related to your brain’s reward system.
Oxytocin: This hormone is called the love hormone and is associated with bonding with people.
Oxytocin plays an important role in regulating stress and reducing anxiety. It reduces the blood pressure and lowers your cortisol levels hence reducing your stress and anxiety.
Endorphins: Its also called body’s natural pain reliever, they also de-stress and boost our moods.
Oxytocin and endorphins are related to relaxation. So masturbating can help you sleep by releasing the stress and anxiety which are keeping you awake.
Prolactin: Prolactin plays an important role in lactation and influences your mood and immune system.
These are the hormones usually called happy hormones because you feel happy when these are being released in the body. Masturbating releases these hormones, and that is why is a healthy practice.
Negative feelings related to masturbation:
Masturbation is considered a sin in some parts and communities in the world. It is considered a negative act and people are criticized if they masturbate. If you believe these things and continue to masturbate, you might experience feelings of guilt, anxiety, shame and self blame.
Masturbating regularly does not necessarily mean that you have a problem, but there are some symptoms you may be having which shows you are addicted to it.
1. Masturbation takes up a lot of your time.
2. Masturbation is affecting your personal or work life.
3. You choose masturbation over social activities and choose to be alone instead of with a partner.
4. You find yourself engaging in masturbation in public or in places where you would not think of.
5. Feel guilty or upset during or after masturbation.
6. You masturbate to avoid negative emotions.
7. Masturbating when you don’t feel like it even if you’re not aroused.
How to overcome masturbation addiction
What happens when you masturbate too much?
Anything in excess is not good. So masturbating excessively has some negative side effects to our health and sex life. Some problems like:
Erectile dysfunction: The inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. The pelvic floor muscles help to urinate and ejaculate. Strengthening these muscles may improve erectile function.
Low sperm quality and quantity: Testosterone is the hormone which produces sperms in the male body. Excessive masturbation(ejaculation) expels out all the sperms and does not give time to the body to produce enough sperms, hence lowering the testosterone levels.
This also affect the quality of the sperm which may have problems if someone is planning for a baby.
Hair loss: Low levels of testosterone can cause thinning of hair in the beginning and then hair loss.
Muscle loss and fat gain: Low testosterone results in muscle loss and fat gain.
So masturbation is a healthy activity if done right in limits and not overdoing it. Having a healthy lifestyle is the key to a happy life.
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