Excessive masturbation- 5 side effects it may cause


Masturbation is a self-pleasuring process to relieve pent-up sexual feelings. It is recommended by doctors to promote overall health.

The issue, however, is when people (both men and women) get addicted to it and start depending on it for pleasure.

Indulging in it more than 3 to 4 times a week can be normal. However, if there is an urge to masturbate multiple times daily, it is time for concern. There are harmful physical and psychological problems as a result of over masturbation effects, as noted below:


Masturbation puts people in a very comfortable position and therefore when there is a partner to go with, there are anxiety issues relating to size, stamina, and ways to please the partner. Performance anxiety which is quite common can be very high in over masturbators. Both males and females with this habit of over masturbation can face sexual exhaustion and recurrent genital infections also.

Chronic fatigue

Masturbation induces the production of the steroid hormone, cortisol. This increases the rate of metabolism and therefore leads to an exhausted and fatigued feeling.
Back pain or discomfort: Over masturbation reduces the production of oxytocin, DHEA, testosterone, and DHT. The depletion of these neurochemicals triggers a release of the inflammatory hormone prostaglandin E2, which is one source of lower back pain.
Groin and/or testicular discomfort and pain: There is a loop between the pituitary-adrenal-testicular glands, which is responsible for the production of oxytocin and testosterone production. These have anti-inflammatory properties and over masturbation side effects lead to reduce this production. This leads to groin pain which can extend into the testicles and continue chronically.

Penis shrinkage

When started early in life, the amount of growth hormones in the body reduces with over-masturbation. This leads to an inadequate amount of hormones for the penis to grow to its full size, leading to a smaller organ.

Premature ejaculation

Again due to over masturbation effects, the reduction in hormones including testosterone and other neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin leads to a weak parasympathetic nervous system. The result is a weaker erection, sperm leakage, and premature ejaculation.

Hair loss

The hormone and neurotransmitter reaction also leads to high levels of prolactin and DHEA in the body, which lead to side effects of hair loss.