Hi everyone. This is a heavy topic. I will try to cover a bit of everything in it, and also we’ll have a ride through a bit of neuro-chemistry. 😉 Let’s go!
Good or bad?
Some people believe that masturbation is healthy. And they would direct a ton of ton of hate speech towards me just by suggesting otherwise! Yet, there is a significant group stating that it can cause problems. Who is to be trusted?!
I think the major division comes from the fact that every group answers from their own perspective and is unable to see that their truth applies only to them. The ones that never had any problems with addictions, compulsive behavior (OCD) or anything like that – for them masturbation is probably normal and healthy. They don’t experience any negative symptoms and they don’t pay much attention to it. They often feel only the positive ones from it (cessation of sexual urges and relaxation to name just two). The other group indulging in masturbation suffers from social anxiety, depression, lack of motivation and inner strength. And they swear by it. But why? Let’s put aside moral questions (if in 2017 there are any left, really 😉 ) and look at the science.
Neuroscience of orgasm 24 liters of Cum
Masturbation, orgasm and ejaculation are three completely separate acts/events for your body. What happens when you masturbate, have orgasm and ejaculate? Apart from feeling great, you expel from your body a significant amount of substances that are ought to extend your life – by impregnating an egg. Your semen contains the very best genetic package you can produce. And that’s very good. Not so good if you deplete your body from it several times per week over a course of a decade just to give an example. That would be a lot of semen!
Average ejaculation is approximately one teaspoon. That’s 5ml. Let’s say you do it 5 times per week. That’s 100 ml per month. 1.2 liters per year. If you started when you were 10 years old and you’re 30 now, you’ve ejaculated 24 liters of cum. You could take a bath in it. Just imagine that now you filthy bastard. 24 liters of pure genetic code and the very best essence of your own body. Cool. But once you shoot it out, it’s no longer in you. Your body needs to produce more and that causes a whole spectrum of symptoms. Let’s have a closer look.
Ejaculation depletes electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, sodium) in trace amounts however zinc (approx. 5mg), selenium and copper are lost in significant amounts. Upon ejaculation there’s an orgasm. Upon orgasm testosterone, serotonin, acetycholine and dopamine are also lowered, prolactin is raised. High levels of prolactin are associated with poor mood, tiredness, and many different health issues. Also, it’s not only about loosing nutrients and neurotransmitters. It’s about the whole process. Because even masturbation without orgasms (“edging“) or orgasming without ejaculation causes severe consequences for the whole body. I tend to look at a human organism from the holistic point of view. Holistic means “whole”.
characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.
Western doctors don’t cure the illness, they always just give us something to tame the symptoms. Very often they don’t even know or care about finding the true cause of a disease in their own patient! That’s the curse of modern medicine. They treat the body like it was a car: fuel pump is not working okay, we will just put in a new one. Lamp not working? Just repair the lamp. And so on. And patients? They lack knowledge motivation and dedication so they go to a doctor feeling terrible, and they get prescribed antidepressants. And this often makes everything worse because they keep living in the same way and just add another addiction for their brain. It’s tragic. And well nobody wants to come back from a doc without anything. We expect doctors to act and to prescribe us something, right?
People don’t realize that the excess of anything is bad for us. Of course, people are different. If you had an alcoholic father who was drunk all the time, your parasympathetic nervous system would be different to the one belonging to a person from a normal family who loves parachute jumping. Your dopamine & norepinephrine (adrenaline) pathways would be extremely sensitive. You might find yourself caught up in excessive masturbation from an early age because it temporarily shut down the constantly stressed out body and provided an escape. Orgasm releases dopamine. This is the place where the famous “Coolidge Effect” takes place. It is also known as the Chaser Effect (after one orgasm one wants to experience another one, as soon as possible)
One of the major risks of this dopamine cycle is that this neurotransmitter thrives on novelty. Even after being sexually satiated, many people (especially men) can easily get aroused in the presence of a new sexual partner. This phenomenon is called the “Coolidge Effect””. The “Coolidge Effect” term was first used by Ethologist Frank A. Beach in 1955 based on an old joke about U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. Apparently, the president and his wife were doing a separate tour of an experimental government farm. At the chicken yard, Mrs. Coolidge noticed that the rooster was mating very frequently. She inquired with the attendant and was told that this behaviour happened dozens of times a day. Mrs. Coolidge said, “Tell that to the President when he comes by.” When the President was given that message, he asked, “Same hen every time?” The attendant replied “Oh, no Mr. President, a different hen every time.” The President responded “Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge”. The Coolidge Effect has been identified in almost all species, and in some animals (i.e., male rats), the male will continue to mate until he almost dies of exhaustion. In humans, this phenomenon can set the stage for sexual infidelity and a host of problems ensuing from this indiscretion.
This of course means that pornography, due to a constant novelty of changing “partners” can provide a very dangerous self-sustaining feedback loop massively depleting your dopamine pathways. Of course a month of excessive masturbation won’t do any harm. Besides, what is “excessive” is also disputable. However, this process repeated over many years will create further problems. Doing it multiple times per day, or consistently to the point that disrupts the normal endocrine-nervous system interaction often led to various symptoms such as fatigue, thinning hair, and soft erection.
-Why I am balding, mum? -Your father was balding at your age, too!
Wait a second? Thinning hair? Maybe that’s why we have so many balding men? And doctors say it’s “genes fault”. I call bullshit on that. We blame genes for everything! But how over-masturbation can make you lose your hair in young age (middle 30s?). You see, when you masturbate and have an orgasm, your endocrine-nervous system produces bad version of prostate hormones, prostaglandins E2.
Prostaglandins are found in most tissues and organs. They are produced by almost all nucleated cells. They are autocrine and paracrine lipid mediators that act upon platelets, endothelium, uterine and mast cells. They are synthesized in the cell from the essential fatty acids. A specific sub-type of them called prostaglandins E2 are being released by your prostate. Normally they are being produced by the body when there’s an inflammation. But, in the case of chronic masturbation prostate thinks the constant arousal is persistent and treats this as an ongoing inflammation.
Constant masturbation means your testosterone levels raise up (that’s good), which in turn raises DHT. DHT is dihydrotestosterone and you can say it’s like the essence of testosterone. It’s like 5x more potent version of it. And here’s the crux: if there’s constant high level of DHT in your body, the prostate produces PE2. And that’s why the problems start.
Excessive masturbation or premature sexual activity (before puberty) often depletes essential growth hormones, neurochemicals and neurotransmitters that result in prostate exhaustion and weakness. Prostaglandin E2 functions as an anti-inflammatory hormone in the body that helps relax muscles, inhibits the release or noradrenaline, and acts as a direct vasodilator. When high levels of the stress hormone are present, usually because of excessive masturbation/sex, men start to experience penis pain and prostatits which is just a chronic prostate inflammation.
Prostatitis is an inflammatory condition of the prostate gland. Typically, cases of prostatitis result from a bacterial infection, although evidence of infection is not always found. If your prostate is infected or inflamed it can cause a myriad of symptoms such as painful urination and ejaculation, and accelerated frequency of urination.
Your body is inflamed all the time! And the local inflammation spreads out and affects the functioning of your whole body!
Those are scientific facts that some of you refuse to accept. Your accepting them or not won’t make them disappear. You can ignore reality but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
I can only believe that those of you who refuse to understand this basic science are either not affected by masturbation by having different brain plasticity (thus meaning you are “safe”) are very young (if you’re younger than 25 years old, you can ejaculate 3 times per day and nothing bad will happen because your libido is still so high…that is- in most cases, because again everyone is different and I’ve heard about guys having severe problems even in younger age) or you are just too deep into your own addiction to admit it (so no rational thinking or arguing will do any difference here and certainly not the one coming from me).
Every other man that realizes this might be the case and he has a problem needs to further evaluate his own life and make a correct decision.
What kind of problems we are talking here apart from inflamed prostate? Things like loss of libido, ejaculation issues (premature ejaculation, not being able to orgasm), not being able to have an erection with a real partner and so on. Nothing funny. Oh wait, let me just do the whole list:
Unable to achieve orgasm
Poor Multi-Tasking Ability
Blood in Semen
Lower Back Pain
Stress & Mood Swings
Penis Insensitivity.. okay, that list is long enough don’t you think?
Yeah, nothing funny indeed.
I don’t want to sound like I’m bringing the bad news. If you’re mature enough to recognize whether you have a problem and you are addicted you also need to be strong enough to make a decision to quit. And then, you will need to be bold enough to not give up until you will be healed. And from what I’ve read it won’t be easy. I know one guy who is heavily addicted to sugar. He sweets everything, tea with 4-5 teaspoons of sugar, cakes, desserts, candies and so on. He is on a straight way to having diabetes. When I suggested that to him, instead of sugar he stopped being my colleague. Haha, that’s how lazy, weak and stubborn some people are. It’s depressing that they are so decisive and stubborn, but not in the correct way!
Porn industry is one of the biggest in the world. Everyone says “masturbation is healthy”. And so on. You would not hear the sad truth from the official media. Obviously not. If you are healthy, never had any problems or addictions (most of us had them, drugs, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, weed, sugar, adrenaline etc) occasional masturbation/porn is okay. But too much is just too much.
Orgasms are not something to be indulged in every day, massively. Ancient systems like tantra are also backing up this position. Make up your own mind – are you doing it too much and it’s hurting you or not? If you don’t want to try and check, the answer is probably yes. But again, you need to figure this one out for yourself.
That is definitely something to think about.