a�?SOME of us discovered it when we were children because it starts to feel so good. Others are shown by friends. We continue to masturbate because it feels so good. It gets us ready for mature sexual relationships when we reach adulthood, and it helps us to take care of those raging hormones when we are teenagers,a�? these were the words of Kelvin (not his real name) a follower of Upbeat.
Kelvin went on: a�?Masturbation can enhance mature sexual relationships where two partners use it either as a prelude to other sexual activity, or as the main fare. And it keeps us going when relationships falter, such as when a partner is ill or away. It is a great a�?equalisera�� in a relationship where one partner needs more sexual activity than the other.a�?
However, masturbation poses some health side effects to the doer. Like other behaviours, when it is overdone it can lead to both psychological and physical disorders.
The side effects include fatigue; that is feeling tired all the time, lower back pain, weak erection, premature ejaculation and low sperm count. A senior nurse at a local hospital who requested anonymity said it is estimated that 94 percent of males and 64 percent of females practise masturbation. She went on and said to a small extent it is treated as harmless and even good for health but when the frequency of it goes beyond the tolerance limit of body organs then its effects are dangerous if left a�?untreateda�?.
The biggest effect of over-masturbating is mental rather than physical; a person in a habit of it gradually shifts away from normal intercourse and finds masturbation more satisfying and pleasurable.
People in the habit of it always seek few moments of loneliness to masturbate, even slightest arousal can get them aroused and they may feel the urge to discharge.
This situation can promote problems like low libido and lack of orgasm. Other than these problems people in the habit of over-masturbating may face problems like prostatitis, semen leakage, premature ejaculation, sexual exhaustion and impotence.
Females who are in the habit of masturbating may need a cure for vaginal discharge, vaginal dryness and infections on a regular basis and may also face problems like sexual exhaustion, distressed liver and low libido.
Some females also develop a tendency of not reaching orgasm as excessive practice of unnatural sex makes normal sex boring and too much straining to them.
All in all it is of good wisdom for one to seek the services of a professional counselor. I believe they are better placed to proffer quality advice that will go a long way in overcoming masturbation.
Feedback: Passmore, Hwange: a�?I am addicted to masturbation. I am getting married this year and my problem is when I think about sex or watch porn some watery solution starts flowing from my organ and this has been happening for two years. It irritates me a lot and I get depressed.
Wilfred from Gwanda: a�?I have been masturbating for 10 years now and I feel i have a low sex drive. This problem is affecting my relationship as I ejaculate early.a�?
Cephas from Byo: a�?I find masturbation more pleasing than sexual intercourse! But now it affects my thoughts and state of balance and makes me feel dizzy at times.a�?
Chenge in Harare : a�?I am a 22 year old boy, when I was 13 years old I used to masturbate three or four times daily. Now I can do it at any minute whenever I am in a closet and I seem to enjoy it.
Wilfred from Insuza : a�?I have masturbating for the past five years now I am 23 and I fail to retire to bed without doing it. How can I get rid of this?a�?
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