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Masturbation – Healthy Practices That You Should Follow

Masturbation is a healthy and ethical way of exhibiting sexual feelings. Masturbation is like a double-edged sword. You have benefits from it, if you practice it in a healthy way and at the same time, if you over-indulge, it may have minor, repairable health consequences. 

Healthy practice of masturbation – 

1. Not everyday –  

Everyday masturbation will cause –

  • Increase of ‘Vata’ in Ayurvedic terms.
  • Makes you feel weak and dull
  • Makes you feel tired
  • Makes you feel suffering from lack of confidence
  • Lack of memory and concentration
  • Makes you feel lazy

Ideally Masturbation once or twice in a fortnight is recommended.

2. Do not waste too much time –

In teenagers, studies and career should be  given due priority rather than sexual thoughts and feelings. Hence it is not advisable to indulge in masturbation for a longer time. I would recommend to finish the job within 10 minutes.

3. Schedule it properly – 

Avoid masturbation ahead of exams / interviews/ your first presentation and use time and energy to prepare yourself.

4. Do it alone

Never involve others in masturbation. It may lead to severe complications.

5. Never use rough objects

It may harm your genitalia. Take care.

6. Practice abstinence – 

  • On some occasions, just restrain from masturbation for as long as you can – to months and years together and concentrate on spiritual, academic, professional and social aspects of life. It will make you a better man. Try it.
  • It helps to have a good control over mind.
  • Good control over mind is the secret of success in your future sexual life.
  • Remember – Abstinence / Brahmacharya is very powerful.
7. Have an ethical mindset –
Do not lose yourself to the practice of masturbation. Remember, sex is only a part of life. It is not the aim of life.
8. Never develop guilty feelings –
Like I said, masturbation is a healthy habit. Even if you are over-indulging, try to practice self-control. But never develop a guilty feeling. Feeling guilty about dents your confidence.
9. Restrain during illness – Put your health ahead of sexual desires.
10. Night is better than morning.
11. Don’t hesitate to seek guidelines – 
  • For any of your doubts about sexual issues, never hesitate to discuss with your like-minded friends, your friendly parents or a smiling doctor.
  • Things will be easy to sort out at an early stage than later.
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  1. its good to know some important points and facts about masturbation
    it will really help

  2. An excellent recipe for youngsters with good thought on morals

  3. i want to know something about bramacharya. How does it give great power. What are its benifits and bad effect. Is it possible to practice celibacy(bramacharya).

  4. em fiftytwo says:

    — “if you over-indulge, it may have minor, repairable health consequences” —

    Why you use words “may”, “minor” etc that encourages youth to continue to indulge in masturbation?

    You did not mention
    1) pain (knee or lower back; some even find it difficult to stand for a few minutes)
    2) anxiety disorder
    3) depression
    4) semen in urine
    5) etc etc that I don’t know

    Of course you posted articles guiding moderate frequency of masturbation, at the same time why are you not mentioning serious side effects of it when done excessively.

    I think you should mention serious side effects on all your masturbation articles.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Thanks for value addition.
      The symptoms that you have mentioned above are minor and repairable, according to me.
      I used ‘may’ because not everyone suffers with any side effects.
      I have made it very clear that over masturbation, once a day or more for a long period of time , is not good for body and mind.
      Over masturbation, as mentioned in your comment, may cause
      severe nervousness,
      lack of confidence,
      anxiety and depression
      body-ache, malaise etc.
      If anyone is experiencing these symptoms, or indulging in over masturbation, better to consult a doctor soon.

  5. Mr Hebbar,

    Do you have any proof that masturbation causes depression? Do you have any analysis? i.e out of 100(or 500) persons practiced, how many of them gets depression?

    If the percentage is small (as you said not everyone gets affected) then, it is *not* the cause of depression (the cause could be their genetic factors or life problems or some other thing)

    Depression is not a gender specific disease (in fact, females get depression twice that of males)

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Masturbation does not cause depression.
      If someone has misconception about masturbation and starts worrying about your health, then it might turn into depression on a long run.
      I am not saying that only men get depression and women do not get it. We are talking about masturbation here, not depression 🙂

      • You said
        “Over masturbation, as mentioned in your comment, may cause
        anxiety and depression

        Of course we are talking about masturbation here, but as you said it could cause depression I had to mention the fact that women (whom don’t have/loose semen) are twice likely for depression.

        Now you have said that it could lead to depression due to the guilt felling of doing masturbation, it is acceptable.

        BTW, I am not supporting excessive of masturbation, anything out of normal range is not good.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Dear sir,
          I totally respect your views. I think we both are saying the same story in different language, which is – Depression due to masturbation can be caused due to emotional reasons such as misconception, rather than physical effect of masturbation on the body. Hope the point is clear.
          Warm regards

  6. fadu! thanks!

  7. Nice tips and advice

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