Our expert says:
Medically masturbation is not a physical disease. In some cases however, it can become an obsession. Problems arise when it starts interfering in our lives as a stress, guilt or with relationships. Masturbation has become an obsession when it interferes with your daily routine and your relationships. If you find yourself masturbating instead of spending time on more important things on a daily basis, then it might be time to break the cycle of behavior you are in. Maybe there is a reason why you masturbate. It could be because you are bored, lonely, hurt, stressed, or it could be because of something that happened in the past. You may need therapy to help you discover feelings you are not seeing clearly right now and give you the tools to overcome this. For example, isolating the times of the day that you struggle the most can help you to focus your efforts better to overcome masturbation addiction. If you know you struggle most when you lie down at night then you can create a plan specific to that time of day, for example do not lie down. Maybe you need to exercise and burn some testosterone before going to bed. Exercise will also help you to be more tired and fall asleep faster. If you struggle at different times of the day or several times throughout the day then try to narrow down the times and the environment you're in when this becomes difficult. Get out and meet people. Form healthy relationships and perhaps find another outlet for your sexual energy. For further information please consult SASHA’s website at www.sexualhealth.qw.co.za/dru. For referral to a professional in your vicinity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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