How your Masturbation Technique Might be Ruining your Sex Life?

Key Learning Points on Potential Harms of Masturbation:

  1. Traumatic Masturbation Syndrome:

    • First described by Dr. Lawrence I. Sank in 1998, it refers to the habit of masturbating in a prone position, lying on your stomach against a bed, pillow, or hard surface.
    • Symptoms include low sexual desire, inability to orgasm, and erectile dysfunction.
    • A study with men who reported premature ejaculation found that those with prone masturbatory behaviors were more likely to have erectile issues.
  2. Death Grip or Habituation:

    • No formal medical term for "Death Grip," but it refers to an aggressive grip on the penis during masturbation.
    • The body becomes accustomed to a certain level of force or sensation, making it harder to climax or enjoy stimulation with a partner.
    • Can be a vicious cycle requiring increasingly firm grip or stronger stimulation to achieve climax.
    • 37% of men with delayed ejaculation in a study had idiosyncratic masturbation methods that are hard to replicate with a partner.
  3. Aggressive Masturbation Techniques and Physical Injury:

    • Vigorous techniques or bending the penis can result in penile fractures, which are surgical emergencies.
    • Masturbating with a less than erect penis can cause micro-injuries or plaques, potentially leading to penile curvature.

Recommendations for a Healthy Masturbation Practice:

  • Take a break from masturbation to let your body adjust to normal sensations.
  • Try different techniques when resuming masturbation, such as using lubricant to reduce intense friction.
  • Avoid relying on pornography and external stimulation, instead incorporating internal fantasies.
  • Use hands instead of toys or vibrators to avoid excessive stimulation.
  • Consider seeing a sexual therapist for techniques like sensate focus that emphasize touch and pleasure without the pressure of performing.
  • Be cautious and avoid techniques that could cause physical harm to the penis.

Masturbation Frequency:

  • No exact number to define "too much" masturbation.
  • It's considered fine if masturbation doesn’t interfere with daily responsibilities, relationships, and productivity.
  • If masturbation becomes a preference over social activities or partner interaction, it might be time to evaluate the frequency and techniques used.


  • Masturbation is a healthy and enjoyable act of self-pleasure if practiced appropriately.
  • Consider watching related videos on pornography's pros and cons and porn addiction for further information.

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