Are there negative effects of masturbation or is it really a healthy and harmless way to release sexual tension as many believe? Is this really a safe practice for adolescents before marriage, or during a courtship to maintain "purity"?
The truth is masturbation will kill you – physically, mentally and spiritually. Let’s first look at how it ruins your body.
When you masturbate, your brain releases dopamine and endorphins.
“Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that enables you to feel pleasurable emotions, and endorphins are chemicals released during stress and physical activity that allow you to recover and feel at ease…
Over time, this frequent release of brain chemicals can become addictive. Because endorphins and dopamine can help you cope with stress, people experiencing extraordinary stress or mental health problems are especially likely to become addicted to the release of these chemicals that occurs with masturbation.
Thus frequent masturbation can become an unhealthy coping mechanism that causes you to avoid – rather than address – your problems.”1
According to a Dutch scientist Gert Holstege, “brain scans of orgasm resembled brains scans of shooting heroine.”2 This explains why.
“If you masturbate several times a day, your brain can become addicted to the release of powerful, pleasure-inducing chemicals. Moreover, it can become more difficult for your brain to release these chemicals without increasing stimulation.
"Consequently, you may need to masturbate more frequently or to more dramatic stimuli in order to receive the same pleasure you previously had. Many people become addicted to porn at the same time they become addicted to masturbation because pornography allows people to seek out increasingly graphic stimuli.
"When your brain is fiending for dopamine, you’re experiencing similar feelings to those of a heroin addict, so it makes no difference that you’re not actually ingesting a chemical substance.”3
any addiction, your body will pay for it.
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Dr. Hernando Chavez, a sexologist and professor of human sexuality at the college level explains in an online article about the negative effects of masturbation. Though he believes masturbating is “one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself” he also acknowledges that “Biologically, chronic masturbating can affect our brain and body chemistry because it can overproduce sex hormones and neurotransmitters.
This overproduction impacts each person differently, and can range from:fatigue, pelvic pain, vision changes, lower back pain, testicular pain, or hair loss. There is current research that states increased testosterone production is linked to DHT production, which is associated with male pattern hair loss.”4
Whenever you tax one part of the body excessively it depletes your energies and breaks down your constitution because other parts of your body are robbed in order to compensate.
Here is a list of the negative effects of masturbation on the body.
Not only will your body be affected, your mind will too.
Continue to learn about the effects of masturbation on your mind and personality