There are different reasons why people masturbate:
- People want to understand their body better
- To release sexual tension
- Masturbating feels good and helps people relax
Many people enjoy masturbating with their partner as part of a healthy sexual relationship. Others masturbate on their own, even if they are not sexually active. Although masturbation is a common part of a person’s sexuality, people are still embarrassed and uncomfortable about masturbation. It is because society still thinks it’s taboo and wrongly blame masturbation for a number of health problems that includes:
- Reduced sexual function
- Sexual perversion
- Mental health issues
Masturbation is still a sensitive and personal topic for most people, but it has a positive effect in your health such as:
- Stress reduction
- Promotes better sleep
- Helps in relaxation
- Enhances confidence and self-esteem
- Helps the release of endorphins (the brain’s opioid-like neurotransmitters), which causes a feeling of mental and physical wellbeing
But when can you consider masturbation as an addiction? Can excessive masturbation lead to a serious health condition? First we need to consider, what is masturbation addiction?
What is Masturbation Addiction?
Addiction to masturbating is considered as a type of compulsive sexual behavior or hypersexuality disorder. It is caused by excessive engrossment in sexual fantasies and uncontrollable sexual urges. In effect, a person becomes distressed, which causes negative impact on everyday activities and responsibilities including:
- Work or school activities
- Affecting relationships with other people
- His or her overall health
Other examples of compulsive sexual behavior are use of pornography, cybersex, paying for sex, or multiple sexual partners.
Signs and Symptoms of Masturbation Addiction
There are different signs and symptoms to indicate that you are addicted to masturbation.