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Are there any side effects of masturbation? A reader’s health query about masturbation is answered by Dr. Manish Bhatia

Dear Sir, I am KA from Pakistan. 19 year old. I masterbate daily since 6 years, due to which my penis become small and not erect easily. Kindly tell homeopathic treatment to stop side effects of masterbation.

Dear KA,

First, the spelling is ‘masturbate’ not ‘masterbate’ and ‘masturbation’ not ‘masterbation’. Sorry, but the editor in me is unable to stop himself from doing this!

Masturbation by itself does not cause any side effects and all medical studies done so far point in that direction. In fact there are many studies which have shown that masturbation can have its own health benefits. You can refer PubMed to find all the relevant studies about the effects of masturbation.

However, just like anything else, excess of anything can be bad. Sugar might be sweet but excess of it can be very bad for our system. Same with salt or anything else. There has to be some balance in our life and activities. Excessive focus on any aspect of life is a sign of a underlying disorder. It can at times lead to physical problems but can also lead to anxiety disorders.

Some of the most common side effects of excessive masturbation are

Social Withdrawal due to masturbation

People at times become addicted to pornography and masturbation so much that they do not like to socialise. They prefer to remain within the confines of their rooms and show signs of social withdrawal, where they do not wish to spend time with friends and family. It can coexist with anxiety-depression disorder.

This can lead to poor concentration, resulting in poor memory/retention and poor academic performance.

A study done in Iran showed that thumb-sucking, phobias, obsessive work, stress disorder, motor tics, separation anxiety, GAD, conduct disorder and ODD were associated with masturbation, significantly (p<0.05).(1)

There is another research that shows that while masturbation increases Dopamine levels in brain but the rise in levels of Prolactin/Oxytocin is about 400% less compared to intercourse. Excessive masturbation, like frequently using internet porn, may desensitise you to dopamine, and make usually pleasurable activities seem less rewarding. It can also make your body to be in a chronic stress state. (2)

Physical symptoms due to masturbation

At times excessive masturbation can lead to nutritional deficiencies. This can happen due to two reasons.

Poor dietary intake associated with anxiety, depression and social withdrawal.

Second reason could be relative nutritional deficiency due to nutrition loss associated with seminal loss.

Semen comprises of 3% zinc, 3% copper, .9% magnesium and .09% calcium. It also has trace quantity of Vitamin B12. A 1992 World Health Organization report described normal human se-men as having a volume of 2 ml or greater with sperm concentration of 20×106 spermatozoa/ml or more, sperm count of 40×106 spermatozoa per ejaculate or more. That is 40 million sperms 🙂 This can vary between 40 to 300 million/ml

So excessive masturbation may lead to some relative nutritional deficiency if your diet is very poor in micro-nutrients like zinc and copper.

There are some misconceptions too. Like people believe that masturbation leads to impotence, or premature ej-aculation or the penis becomes small or it leads to poor intelligence and poor memory. None of these are medically verified and if you have these issues, please consult a doctor to rectify these instead of blaming masturbation alone.

Too much masturbation may lead to loss of libido (psychological) and loss of sensitivity (physiological), though what is ‘too much’ will vary from person to person.

My advice to you is to reduce masturbation and consult a qualified doctor in person.

Homeopathy medicines for side effects of masturbation

In homeopathy, there are dozens of medicines like Acid phos., Caladium, Agnus castus, Selenium, Thuja, Medorrhinum, Origanum, Platina, China, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Staphysagria, Bufo, Hyoscyamus, Zincum met etc., which can help with your sexual problems. However, you will need to consult a professional homeopath in person to find out which remedy suits you best.

Also, a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, ample water intake, and regular exercise can also help reduce any physical complaints or mental distress that you feel.

I hope you will find information about side effects of masturbation and their homeopathic treatment, given on these pages, useful. Please consult a general physician or a homeopath in person.

Best wishes,

Dr. Manish Bhatia


About the author

Dr. Manish Bhatia

- BCA, M.Sc Homeopathy (UK), CICH (Greece), MD (Hom)
- Associate Professor, Organon & Homeopathic Philosophy, SKH Medical College, Jaipur
- Founder Director of
- Editor, Homeopathy for Everyone
- Co-author - Homeopathy and Mental Health Care: Integrative Practice, Principles and Research
- Author - Lectures on Organon of Medicine vol 1, 2, 3. CCH Approved. (English, German, Bulgarian)
- Awardee - Raja Pajwan Dev Award for Excellence in the Field of Medicine; APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Excellence in Homeopathy Education
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  • Doctor,

    I could not resist but to share my case. I have been doing masturbation ever since I became adult. I did not felt any physical weakness due to it, but now I feel this directly impacts my memory.

    Whenever I do this act two three consective days, I start forgetting names of people with whome I work. Also I get confused and cannot express myself. So I do not think masturbation (or excessive masturbation) is harmless.

    What do you have to say about this

    • Dear Tim, as I have said above – excess of everything is bad! And that holds for masturbation too.
      If seminal loss is affecting your memory, you might be deficient in some trace nutrients/minerals.

      • but me am growing like cancer cells. at first it was like STDs. all symptoms came but I treated them . now all I see is a pimpo a corrugated topmost and rashes on my dick. yet still some viral infections my doc tells me. couldn’t this result into cancer? am afraid.

  • My nephew has recently been diagnosed with follicular lymphoma. he 36 year old and generally in good health except this disease. he is being treated at MD Anderson cancer Center in Houston, Texas and I am not impressed. I am just checking if Homeopathy offers any treatment for follicular lymphoma.

  • Hello sir I am from assam and I am a student of bsc but sir I done masterbation from class ten but something and when I was in hs first year then I done 7 or 8 days per months now it’s effect in my mentally now I suffered sleeping disorder and now decrease my memory power some day ago I gone to near a doctor but what I do now please consulting me

  • Hello Sir
    Im a boy 22 years old.i never musterbate whole my life but 2 days ago i did it for the first time.
    I didnt liked it at all,somehow i felt guilty about it,but for some reasons i see my body wants more.
    I wanna know does it necessery to do?cuz i hardly stopping myself to do it again,and i think you not saying it side i read many books i see there are many bad side effects for musterbation such as cancer or hair loss or disorder body growth and …please tell us how to stop it.
    And Please be honest with us.Thankx

  • Sir, i am 26 years old and suffering from curved penis problem. I think due to masturbation me penis get curved in downward direction. But now i have controlled my masturbation habit. Now, i want to straighten my penis. Please suggest me the proper way to straighten my penis. As i am going to get married in december, i want to straighten it as soon as possible. Please help me soon.

  • Im mastrubating now more thaan 8 years some time daily some time weekly tewice in my penis up side [stem]one nerve become visible so i wanted to know that will cause any problem for me

  • Iam adicted to masturbation, i cant take four(4) without practicing it and this habit has taken long like seven(7) years but i do not practice it daily so my question is can dis affect in my sexual life and how can i come out of it?

  • Aoa.SiR my issue is very serious…i do masturbation 14times in a week due to which my bones are getting weak and many other symptoms are appearing i know i m destroying my life in this way ….i try a lot to not to do so but i can’t resist myself . Kindly its my request to recommend me any medicine cause i want to stop it…. kindly please recommend some medicine n its dosage …. which could b easily available in Islamabad .i shall b thankful to u if u recommend me some medicine.

  • I really impressed by Mr Doctor Bhatia personality and I Should require some precious time to Dr Bhati …Plz do the help me regarding said problem.
    With Best Regards.

  • Am kofi
    i started masterbating when i was 14old and i can’t stop doing it i went to stop it. What should i do

  • I have stopped masturbating from the last time i did that .i can see my blessing from God is now who created Heaven and Earth,Me and You is been slow .i used to do that but I don’t like the condition .when ever I want to pee , I suffocating when am peeing .I Pray that God will forgive me and cure me from this deadly shit.Please anyone reading this should stop .very bad habit and addicting .

    • soo true, always keep preaching this message tell to those who are still in this addiction because we have been there and we are free.
      lets try to free others

  • Hi everyone,
    I want to share my story with you guys of how i stopped a 10 year masturbation addiction.
    i started masturbating since i entered high school in 2006 up-to last year 2016 October( approximately 10-11 years). i used to do it daily and at most times 5-6 times a day just to see how far i could push it (no puns intended). It became really! really! really! torturing because i wanted to stop but i could not, the most i ever went was three to two days. i was sooooo addicted that i wished that i had never even discovered that habit, every time i wanted to stop a sensual thot would come into mind and i just started looking for porn or imagine a girl-friend i saw or met. Before i knew it i am back to it, then it would take me another than six months again to try to stop the habit. after a week or two days of resisting i would go back and before i knew it, it was a year gone.
    There was a year where i did it three times a day in a whole year. watching porn became more weird as i started liking sibling porn and incest porn . “Word of advice on something i noted while watching porn is-> that the more you watch the deeper and disgusting you get and it pushes you to a level of immorality you don’t recognize yourself” . At this time you’ve become a Novice and stopped using Vaseline and soap because its too much work wiping after “mostly Vaseline”,you use unused bed sheets and T-shits to do it when you are in bed at night.At times just ejaculate on the floor or side of you bed wall, because you are lazy to look for tissue. with time your bed walls just end up with yellow stains and an awful smell but that doesn’t stop you. I PROMISE you at this time you wake up every morning hating yourself and feeling useless and lifeless. It becomes hard to build relationships with girls because you just want sex as quickly as you see it in movies and porn, which are based on fantasy. So you start living your life on fantasy so any relationship you get with a chic is fantasy driven(blowjobing,assf**ing,all time sex craving chic) which is a “LIE”. So you stop becoming interested in chics because its too much work and time wasting and you want a quick fix. i tried reading all this blogs on the of effects of masturbation but all of them never mentioned any effects so i just went back to doing it even more.
    After more than seven years of masturbation i started noticing something. once or twice a year i would become seriously sick; it would start with blurry visions after a while my tongue became num, after it would move to my hand and subside,afterwards a painful headache which lasted for more than seven hour. i would go to the hospital more than 7 separate occasions but nothing was ever found, i did not have any sickness. That’s when i noticed it was the masturbation, i am not saying this are the “effects of Masturbation” but i think excessive masturbation affects everyone differently.

    Finally after years of suffering, hopelessness and an endless cycle of thinking that it would never stop, i FINALLY STOPPED. people on many blogs will tell you to stop thinking about it and look for a way to keep yourself busy, “sorry to say this” but the truth about people who masturbate is that they have a lot of free time alone in house or bedroom haha!!. Because in the first place that’s how they first knew how to masturbate. Yes! keeping yourself busy is nice, but what happens when you are not busy? They’ll tell you “find a sport to keep you busy” what happens after the sport when you are tired and want to relax?!!.

    i will tell you BOLDLY “you will never stop masturbating if you are not ready to stop, you have to be willing to stop”. To me i gave my life to GOD after i TIRELESSLY tried stopping myself which failed ALWAYS. I know most of you will think that its such a cliche, but the truth is ever since October 2016 it just stopped i don’t even know how, but it just happened. i moved from two days to a week-> month->one month->three months now its approximately more than a year and Am thankful to Jesus Christ.


    2 peter 2:18-19
    For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.

  • dear sir,

    due to over masturbating i got heavy leg pain (Back side) , and still i am suffering from this, please tell me how to get well i am so frustrated now, please help.

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