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Question

How much masturbation is too much?

Answer

Pretty much every sex education textbook in the 1970s and 80s said that masturbation was fine as long as you didn’t do it “too much.” I am sure this led to millions of people desperately trying to figure out how much was “too much,” never getting an answer.

The reality is that there is no number I can give you. For some, once a day might be “too much,” while for others, ten times a day is fine. Whether you are with a partner or not has no bearing. What it all comes down to is context.

It is not about masturbation per se, it is about why you are doing it. If you are doing it as a way to give yourself pleasure, release stress, celebrate, or any number of healthy reasons, you can masturbate until the cows come home.

I do not subscribe to the notion of sexual addiction, but I do believe in compulsive sexual behavior. What you need to ask yourself is are you enjoying it when you masturbate, or are you doing it to avoid something. If you are able to eat, sleep, work, go out with friends, etc., then masturbate all you want. No need to worry or feel guilty. Enjoy!

Best,
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Dr. Sandor Gardos

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