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Does masturbation cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Masturbation is a normal and healthy sexual activity. It is as normal as a hug or sneeze.

During puberty, your body starts to produce more sex hormones. One of the results is more interest in curiosity about sexuality.

Sometimes young people will experience sexual pleasure and relieve stress and sexual tension by touching their genitals. That’s called masturbation. It’s very common for boys and girls, it’s normal if you do it, and it’s normal if you don’t.

 Masturbation should always be done in private.

Despite what you may have heard, masturbation cannot hurt your body physically, you won’t run out of sperm. Your penis won’t shrink. You won’t grow hair on your palms. You won’t go crazy. You won’t go blind.

Masturbation, even a few times a day, does not present a problem and is a physically safe way to express sexual feelings. If you find yourself masturbating too often that it is impacting your normal daily routine, go slow or stop as this may interfere with many aspects of your life.

Can masturbation cause erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction or commonly referred to as ED is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse.

There is no link between masturbation and ED. Masturbation won’t impact your ability to get or keep an erection. This is a myth.

The only possible effect is that if you masturbate frequently you may get used to a certain sensation (and like it!) that you find it hard feel the same with a partner.

So, what causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be cause by physical or psychological issues or even both. They include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension, or high blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Low testosterone levels or other hormone imbalances
  • Kidney disease
  • Increased age
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship problems
  • Certain prescription medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure or depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Drug use
  • Consuming too much alcohol
  • Using tobacco products
  • Certain health conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Damage to the pelvic area through injury or surgery

How can I prevent ED?

You can prevent ED by: 

  • Exercising regularly
  • Quit smoking
  • Reducing or avoiding the amount of alcohol you drink
  • manage stress
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Seek help if you are experiencing depression or anxiety
  • Keep heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes under control.

If you think you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, you are not alone. Talk to your health care provider for help.  Your health care provider will advise you on the best treatment that suits you.

Over to you, what other myths have you heard about masturbation?

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Recent Comments (40)

  1. This is just awesome,learnt…
    This is just awesome,learnt something new, thanks to love matter’s Kenya

    1. Glad to hear that Rolex!

      Glad to hear that Rolex!

  2. Very educative keep the
    Very educative keep the

    1. Gald you learnt something…

      Gald you learnt something new Bramwel!

    1. You’re welcome Onyiko!

      You’re welcome Onyiko!

  3. Thanks for breifing us about…
    Thanks for breifing us about the topic

    1. You’re welcome Evance!

      You’re welcome Evance!

  4. This is very interesting…
    This is very interesting information to learn lots If myths out there

    1. Great! Glad we can debunk…

      Great! Glad we can debunk these myths!

  5. Thank you for the update and…
    Thank you for the update and advice

    1. You’re welcome Peter!

      You’re welcome Peter!

  6. this info is new to me
    this info is new to me

    1. Glad you learnt new info…

      Glad you learnt new info Morgan!

    1. Thank you Bryson!

      Thank you Bryson!

    1. Great to hear Abuhusna!

      Great to hear Abuhusna!

  7. Learned much I never knew…
    Learned much I never knew that ED is coursed by many other things, nilidhani labda stress tu

    1. Hi Cheruiyot, 

      I am glad to…

      Hi Cheruiyot, 

      I am glad to know that you learnt something today. Keep it here for more informative content.

  8. Tho I’ve never had with…
    Tho I’ve never had with erection during,infact in most cases I don’t rest even after the 1st ejaculation…….but the issue I do have is that for over 5yrs now,I don’t experience morning erection again……tho it doesn’t affect my sexual performance,just that when am with my friends,am the only one who doesn’t have this morning wood when we wake up………..should I be bothered tho…???….and is there any treatment for it..?

    1. Hi Uc, 

      You are not alone…

      Hi Uc, 

      You are not alone. Some men do not have morning wood as well. Morning wood is an indication of healthy blood and nerve supply to the penis, if you do not experience morning wood, it could be that there’s a problem. This could be this may be an early sign of an underlying medical problem like erectile dysfunction but it can happen less as you become older. Go to the hospital and talk to your doctor about it. 

    1. Brian, you sound relieved…

      Brian, you sound relieved. Had you heard something different before? 

  9. Thanks u love matters am…
    Thanks u love matters am Kelly from Uganda but i aproblem the head of my Penistone has red pimples they don’t ich and pain what could be that please advise me i love you more

    1. Hi Kelly,

      It can be scary…

      Hi Kelly,

      It can be scary to see small bumps on the head of your penis. The good news is that most of these bumps are totally harmless. The not-so-good news is that in some cases, treatment is needed and this may involve addressing the underlying causes. Read this article to understand the type of pimples on your penis and whether you should visit the doctor: Why do I have pimples on my penis

       

  10. What are you supposed to do…
    What are you supposed to do when you have reached its addictive stage?

    1. Hi Daniel, 

      The best thing…

      Hi Daniel, 

      The best thing to do is to first avoid coming into contact with anything that tempts you to masturbate. These may include porn, some music, or nude images. It can be helpful if you find ways to occupy your time that do not trigger the desire to masturbate: this may include spending time with others, swimming, learning a new skill, etc. This will take you away from the thought of masturbation. If you are unable to stop, you can seek therapy as the professional will help you. 

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